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Cults Cults are often seen as an alternative religion. “A cult is defined as a religious or secular group that employs unethical and extreme measures of manipulation to recruit, control and retain its members” (Study Resources). Most cults are started because someone doesn’t like the way the world is and want to create what they feel the perfect world is. Then this person strives to make others believe as they do so they will join. There are somewhere around 3,000 to 5,000 of these cults throughout the United States, but only 75 to 100 are documented (Study Resources). The most commonly known cults are Reverend Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, Heavens Gate, and Charles Manson and the Family; these cults were able to drag people in and…show more content…
The cult recognized most in America is the one created by Charles Manson. Manson grew up with no official name in a house with his mother who was a “teenage, bisexual, alcoholic prostitute” (Charles Manson). Growing up, Manson was shown the cold sides of the world. His mother would trade him for beer, and his uncle would force him to put on a dress and go to school. Events like these caused Charles to become a troubled child and start his rap sheet at a young age. By the time he reached the age of 35 he had spent more than half of his life imprisoned (Charles Manson). Upon his release from yet another stint in jail, Manson moved to San Francisco where he was paroled in 1967. There Manson became known as the “God of F*#k”. He was able to surround himself by many beautiful girls who thought of him as god (Charles Manson, 2). Not long after moving to San Francisco, Manson relocated himself and the women that adored him to the Spahn Ranch. They began to call themselves “The Family”. “The Family” grew rapidly to more than 30 girls with more joining every day. Every night Charles would sleep with a different girl as they all got high. They obtained food by stealing it from garbage cans and would shoplift for all other things they needed. During the building of his family, Manson tried to launch his career as a folk singer. The music industry rejected Manson and this

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