Charles Manson Dies in Prison

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On November 19th, 2017 Charles Manson, one of the most infamous criminals in history, died of natural causes in Bakersfield, California. With aid from his murderous cult, he went on a rampage for two days, killing random innocent people and well-known actress Sharon Tate. This shook the nation to its foundation.

Charles Milles Maddox aka “Charles Manson” was born on November 12th, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Charles Manson’s mother was sixteen years old when she gave birth to him. She married William Manson, but the relationship ended shortly after. Manson was subsequently placed in a boys school; he tried to reconnect with his mother but was unsuccessful. He would end up spending half of his first thirty years in prison.

Manson was a heavy drug user, favoring hallucinogens like LSD. Charles loved music, especially the Beatles’ White Album. Manson took inspiration from one of the album’s songs, “Helter Skelter,” which was his name for the apocalyptic race war he thought he and his followers needed to set in motion. Manson believed that The Beatles were giving out secret messages in their music that only Manson and his followers could hear.

Manson’s cult, known as “The Family,” had about 100 followers that believed Manson’s predictions of a race war and that he was Jesus. After Manson was released from prison in 1967, he and his followers moved to San Francisco. It was thought that Charles and his followers killed around thirty-five people, but most of these killings would never be tried. On August 9th, 1969 Manson ordered his most trustworthy followers to kill everyone at the Roman Polanski house in Beverly Hills.

The members of the Family would tie up four people in the house, including popular actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child. All were brutally stabbed to death. Manson’s only criticism was that his followers were too sloppy. The next night, Manson would take some of his followers and kill a wealthy supermarket CEO, Leno LaBianca, and his wife in a similarly brutal fashion. Manson was later arrested for a crime not related to the killings but later revealed his involvement in the murders. Manson was found guilty on January 25th, 1971 and was sentenced to death, which turned into life in prison due to the California Supreme Court’s disapproval of capital punishment. Other followers that were active in the murders got similar punishments. Manson was never granted parole and remained in prison for the remainder of his life.           


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