Essay On Charles Manson

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How does someone get sentenced to death row for murders without actually killing a single person? For someone whose specialty is brainwashing and cult-building, this is quite the simple feat. In the words of Charles Manson, “We're not in Wonderland anymore Alice.” To even remotely comprehend the mind of Manson, one must dive headfirst into his turbulent past, multiple murders, and current imprisonment. Troubled childhoods lie behind many criminals, and Charles Manson is no different. On November 12, 1934, Charles Milles Manson was born to a drug abusing, criminally involved, 16-year-old girl in Ohio (“Manson Family”). She is said to have sold him for a single pitcher of beer (Henderson). As one can expect, this was only the start of an extremely troubled life. By the age of 9, Manson had gone from residing with family members to living at reformatory schools. He was beginning to follow in his mother’s footsteps, also committing his first theft at this age (Henderson). Young Charlie’s life would take an even sharper downward turn as the years progressed. Most know Manson as a notorious cult leader who inspired his followers to do the unthinkable. Upon reaching age 34, Manson chose to start a “family” (Abbas). However, this one would be far different than any other family to ever exist. He pushed the boundaries of sanity for several young girls whom he lured into his evil movement. Charles believed that an enormous race war would bring about the end of the world. He predicted that African Americans would prevail. During all of this, he planned to hide out with his family in the desert, only to emerge and take over the world because he thought the African Americans would be unfit to lead themselves. He even referenced himself as Jesus Christ incarnate (Abbas). All of Manson’s predictions came from what he thought were hidden messages in the song “Helter Skelter” by the Beetles (Henderson). It seemed as if all that was left to do was wait for the end to come. When the apocalypse failed to start, Manson took matters into his own hands. His master plan was to send members of his cult to commit murders, thinking African Americans would be blamed, thus the start of the race war. The first round of murders are

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