80 Facts About Charles Manson

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Charles Milles Manson was an American criminal and musician who led the Manson Family, a cult based in California, in the late 1960s.

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In 1971, Charles Manson was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people, including the film actress Sharon Tate.

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Charles Manson's notoriety was an emblem of insanity, violence, and the macabre influenced pop culture.

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Recordings of songs written and performed by Charles Manson were released commercially, starting with Lie: The Love and Terror Cult.

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Charles Manson served his life sentence at the California State Prison, Corcoran, and died at age 83 in late 2017.

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Charles Manson was born on November 12, 1934, to fifteen-year-old Kathleen Manson-Bower-Cavender, nee Maddox, in the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Charles Manson allowed Maddox to believe that he was an army colonel, although "Colonel" was merely his given name.

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Charles Manson was placed in the home of an aunt and uncle in McMechen, West Virginia.

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Charles Manson later characterized the first weeks after she returned from prison as the happiest time in his life.

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Weeks after Maddox's release, Manson's family moved to Charleston, West Virginia, where Manson continually played truant and his mother spent her evenings drinking.

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11.

Charles Manson ran away from Gibault and slept in the woods, under bridges, and wherever else he could find shelter.

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Charles Manson fled home to his mother, and spent Christmas 1947 in McMechen, at his aunt and uncle's house.

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In 1948, in Indianapolis, Charles Manson committed his first known crime by robbing a grocery store.

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However, Charles Manson found a cigar box containing just over a hundred dollars, and he took the money.

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Charles Manson used the money to rent a room on Indianapolis's Skid Row and to buy food.

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Charles Manson was eventually caught, and in 1949 a sympathetic judge sent him to Boys Town, a juvenile facility in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Charles Manson was arrested two weeks later during a nighttime raid on a Peoria store.

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Charles Manson was sent to the Indiana Boys School, a strict reform school.

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Charles Manson's aunt visited him and told administrators she would let him stay at her house and would help him find work.

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20.

Charles Manson was transferred to the Federal Reformatory in Petersburg, Virginia.

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Charles Manson was then moved to a maximum security reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio, where he was expected to remain until his release on his 21st birthday in November 1955.

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In January 1955, Charles Manson married a hospital waitress named Rosalie Jean Willis.

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23.

Charles Manson's probation was revoked, and he was sentenced to three years' imprisonment at Terminal Island in Los Angeles.

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Charles Manson was given five years' probation and his parole was denied.

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Charles Manson received five years' parole in September 1958, the same year in which Rosalie received a decree of divorce.

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26.

Charles Manson took Leona and another woman to New Mexico for purposes of prostitution, resulting in him being held and questioned for violating the Mann Act.

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Charles Manson spent a year trying unsuccessfully to appeal the revocation of his probation.

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In June 1966, Charles Manson was sent for the second time to Terminal Island in preparation for early release.

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Less than a month after his 1967 release from prison, Charles Manson moved to Berkeley from Los Angeles, which could have been a probation violation.

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Charles Manson received permission from Roger Smith to move from Berkeley to the Haight-Ashbury District in San Francisco.

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Charles Manson first took LSD and would use it frequently during his time there.

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Charles Manson had already gained his first follower at the UC Berkeley campus, librarian Mary Brunner.

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Charles Manson talked her into letting him sleep at her house for a few nights, an arrangement that quickly became permanent.

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Charles Manson then met Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a runaway teen, and convinced her to live with him and Brunner.

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Charles Manson soon began to attract large crowds of listeners and some dedicated followers.

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Charles Manson targeted individuals for manipulation who were emotionally insecure and social outcasts.

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37.

Charles Manson was arrested on July 31, 1967, for attempting to prevent the arrest of one of his followers, Ruth Ann Moorehouse.

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Instead of Charles Manson being sent back to prison, the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and Charles Manson was given three additional years of probation.

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Charles Manson avoided prosecution again in July 1968, when he and the family were arrested while moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles with the permission of Roger Smith, when his bus crashed into a ditch, where Manson and members of his family, including Brunner and Manson's newborn baby, were found sleeping naked by police.

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40.

Charles Manson Family developed into a doomsday cult when Charles Manson became fixated on the idea of an imminent apocalyptic race war between America's Black population and the larger White population.

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The Charles Manson Family gained national notoriety after the murder of actress Sharon Tate and four others in her home on August 8 and 9, 1969, and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the next day.

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Charles Manson appeared wearing fringed buckskins, his typical clothing at Spahn Ranch.

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On July 24, 1970 – the first day of testimony – Charles Manson appeared in court with an "X" carved into his forehead.

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Charles Manson's followers issued a statement from Manson saying "I have "X'd myself from your world".

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One day some members of the Charles Manson Family wore saffron robes to the trial, saying if Charles Manson was convicted they would immolate themselves – a reference to monks and nuns in Vietnam who set fire to themselves to protest the Vietnam war.

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Charles Manson's was in the car with Manson on the following evening, when, according to her testimony, he ordered the LaBianca killings.

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In early August 1970, President Richard Nixon told reporters that he believed that Charles Manson was guilty of the murders, "either directly or indirectly".

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Charles Manson obtained a copy of the newspaper and held up the headline to the jury.

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On October 5, 1970, Charles Manson attempted to attack Judge Older while the jury was present in the room.

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Charles Manson first threatened Older, and then jumped over his lawyer's table with a sharpened pencil, in the direction of Older.

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Charles Manson continued, equating his actions to those of society at large:.

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Charles Manson concluded, claiming that he too was a creation of a system that he viewed as fundamentally violent and unjust:.

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Charles Manson then told the female defendants that they no longer needed to testify.

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54.

Charles Manson's body was badly decomposed, and it was impossible to tell the cause of death.

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Charles Manson was admitted to state prison from Los Angeles County on April 22, 1971, for seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Sharon Tate Polanski, Jay Sebring, and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

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On December 13, 1971, Charles Manson was convicted of first-degree murder in Los Angeles County Court for the July 25, 1969, death of musician Gary Hinman.

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Charles Manson was convicted of first-degree murder for the August 1969 death of Donald Jerome "Shorty" Shea.

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At least as early as the Snyder interview, Charles Manson's forehead bore a swastika in the spot where the X carved during his trial had been.

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Schreck concluded that Charles Manson was not insane but merely acting that way out of frustration.

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Holmstrom explained that Charles Manson had objected to his Hare Krishna chants and verbally threatened him.

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Charles Manson had been housed at San Quentin State Prison, California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Folsom State Prison and Pelican Bay State Prison.

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Charles Manson was moved from Corcoran State Prison to Pelican Bay State Prison a month later.

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The footage of the "unshackled, unapologetic, and unruly" Charles Manson had been considered "so unbelievable" that only seven minutes of it had originally been broadcast on Today, for which it had been recorded.

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In March 2009, a photograph of Charles Manson showing a receding hairline, grizzled gray beard and hair, and the swastika tattoo still prominent on his forehead was released to the public by California corrections officials.

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In 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that Charles Manson was caught with a cell phone in 2009 and had contacted people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia.

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Charles Manson recorded an album of acoustic pop songs with additional production by Henry Rollins, titled Completion.

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On January 1, 2017, Charles Manson was being held at Corcoran Prison, when he was rushed to Mercy Hospital in downtown Bakersfield, because he had gastrointestinal bleeding.

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On November 15, 2017, an unauthorized source said that Charles Manson had returned to a hospital in Bakersfield, but the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation did not confirm this in conformity with state and federal medical privacy laws.

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Charles Manson began studying Scientology while incarcerated with the help of fellow inmate Lanier Rayner, and in July 1961, Charles Manson listed his religion as Scientology.

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CNN conducted a DNA test between Matthew Roberts and Charles Manson's known biological grandson Jason Freeman in 2012, showing that Roberts and Freeman did not share DNA.

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Roberts subsequently attempted to establish that Charles Manson was his father through a direct DNA test which proved definitively that Roberts and Charles Manson were not related.

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In 2014, the imprisoned Charles Manson became engaged to 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton and obtained a marriage license on November 7.

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Charles Manson's had been visiting him in prison for at least nine years and maintained several websites that proclaimed his innocence.

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Journalist Daniel Simone reported that the wedding was canceled after Charles Manson discovered that Burton wanted to marry him only so that she and friend Craig Hammond could use his corpse as a tourist attraction after his death.

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Charles Manson had an infection and had been in a prison medical facility for two months and could not receive visitors.

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Charles Manson's said that she still hoped that the marriage license would be renewed and the marriage would take place.

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The panel at that hearing noted that Charles Manson had a "history of controlling behavior" and "mental health issues" including schizophrenia and paranoid delusional disorder, and was too great a danger to be released.

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Bugliosi quoted a BBC employee's assertion that a "neo-Charles Manson cult" existed in Europe, represented by approximately 70 rock bands playing songs by Charles Manson and "songs in support of him".

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Charles Manson was a struggling musician, seeking to make it big in Hollywood between 1967 and 1969.

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One of these, The Family Jams, includes two compact discs of Charles Manson's songs recorded by the Family in 1970, after Charles Manson and the others had been arrested.

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