CULT LEADER AND MURDERER, CHARLES MANSON, DIES IN STATE PRISON

CULT LEADER AND MURDERER, CHARLES MANSON, DIES IN STATE PRISON

Tim Kessler

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA – Charles Milles Maddox, better known as Charles Manson, was born on November 12th, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Manson was the well known leader of the cult known as ¨The Manson Family.¨

Charles Manson’s childhood was not the greatest. When he was born his mother was just 16 years old and was unmarried.  

Being unmarried in the early United States made it very tough to raise a child properly.

During that time, many companies would not hire women, which meant they were unable to receive an income, and therefore, unable to provide for their children.

Soon after Charles was born his mother married William Eugene Manson, who helped provide for the family.  Charles never knew his biological father, who was thought to be Colonel Walker Henderson Scott Senior.

As Charles life went on he began to commit various crimes, his first being the robbery of a liquor store.  The money he had stolen allowed him to rent out an apartment space for him to stay.

The success of his first robbery influenced his motive to repeat similar crimes; he soon committed more robberies at various brick and mortar stores.

Charles Manson formed his cult known as ¨The Manson Family¨ in the late 1960s.

The members of The Manson Family all had similar beliefs and took part in the recreational use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and Magic Mushrooms.

Manson was able to control the members of his cult while they were hindered by theses drugs. Manson used this to his advantage and sent his members out to commit various crimes under his orders.

The Manson Family was responsible for the murders of Gary Hinman and Sharon Tate.

The Family gained national notoriety following the murder of Sharon Tate, who was a famous actor at the time.

In 1971 Charles Manson was tried and found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to 7 other murders, including Sharon Tate.  These crimes were sadly carried out by members of The Manson Family at Charles instructions.

Charles was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life with possibility of parole.  He served out his life sentence at California State Prison in Corcoran, and died of natural causes at age 83, in 2017.