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Understanding a Criminal: Life of Charles Manson

Kloey B Jackson

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Charles Manson, former musician, actor, and cult leader, died on November 20th, 2017. He was 83 years old when he died in prison. There are deeper things behind his crimes: Why he did it, and what happened in his childhood that may have influenced his actions.

Manson’s mother, Kathleen Manson had him when she was 16 years old. Manson never knew his biological father, but his mother did eventually get married to William Eugene Manson. His mother often left him and Charles to go drinking. Later, William Manson charged her with gross neglect and they divorced.

Charles was sent to a school for boys in Indiana that was run by Catholic priests. He ran away from school, but was immediately sent back by his mother. Charles went home to his aunt and uncle for Christmas where they had caught him stealing a gun. Manson ran away again and supported himself by stealing. He was arrested at the age of 13 and sent back to the Indiana school for boys, and claimed he was raped there by the other students. He made up a technique called the “insane game” where he would wave his arms and scream to convince people he was crazy when he could not defend himself.

Manson is most well-known for being a cult leader and brain-washing others to commit murder. Most of Manson’s crimes were committed by women in his cult, and he called his cult his family. In 1970, Manson told three of his female “family” members Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to get knives. Tex Watson was the only one Manson had told about the plan for that day. The three women did not know. Tex, Susan, Linda, and Patricia drove to the location of actress Sharon Tate where she was staying with her husband who was in London at the time of the murder of Tate, four of her friends, and her gardener’s son. Tate was eight months pregnant at the time. All four victims received 102 stab wounds total and Tate’s blood was used to write the word “pig” on the wall.

The next morning Manson and his “family” murdered Leon LaBianca, a supermarket executive. Police found him with a knife in his throat, fork wounds, twelve stab wounds, and the word “war” carved into his stomach. His wife Rosemary LaBianca was found with stab wounds in her neck. On the wall, written in blood were the words “death to pigs.”

Before the Tate-LaBianca murders, psychiatrists found Manson to be, “A very emotionally upset youth,” says the article on www.famous-trials.com . In 1997, Manson had been known to have mental health issues such as schizophrenia and paranoid delusional disorder. He was sent to a minimum-security institution called Bridge Honor Camp, and was told that it would be a great danger to release him at his 12th parole hearing. His mental health along with his childhood struggles are a major factor in why Manson acted the way he did. Charles had been convicted of first degree murder several times. He had also been known to call himself God and other things that may have seemed psychotic. Manson said, “These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them. I didn’t teach them. I just tried to help them stand up.” He also says, “You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody’s crazy,” says a source from Charles Manson overview quotes.

While there are reasons for Manson’s behavior it still doesn’t make what he did right. Looking at the personal life just gives a better understanding of a criminal’s mindset.

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