Charles Manson Manson

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The 1960s was a decade of revolution focusing on establishing peace and love throughout the world. Throughout these ten years many social and cultural changes occurred leaving the United States to be young and vibrant. In 1969 much of the youth was embraced in the “Summer of Love” focusing on peace, love, and peaceful protests. Individuals were advocating for their personal beliefs in a way they never did before. However this all came to a crashing end in August when eight influential individuals were found murdered in their own homes. On August 9, actress Sharon Tate, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, and Jay Sebring were found at Tate’s home and one day later, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were found murdered in the same brutal fashion. In 1971 jurors found cult leader Charles Manson and three of his followers guilty of all murders and was sentenced to life imprisonment. This would have been Manson’s third imprisonment. Although Manson was a sadistic psychopath, he was heavily influenced by music, especially the Beatles. Cult followers claim Manson often quoted “the Beatles and the Bible”, as he believed that the Beatles were prophets of God. In turn, many songs from The White Album and the Beatles themselves drastically played into Manson’s perspective on life and eventually the Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969. Charles Manson lived a difficult childhood. With a fifteen-year-old mother who was sent away to prison when he was four, Manson quickly developed a narcissistic

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