The Murder Of The Manson Family By Timothy Dwight

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A murderer is normally defined by the psychological attributes that define him or her. These killers often suffer from a psychotic delusion that forces them to commit their horrific crimes. However, those who are pronounced sane and rational have a moral conviction that drives them to kill. It is this principle that separates the average murder from the psychotic sadists that believes in what he or she does. Charles Manson, leader of the Manson Family, believed in the apocalyptic war of Helter Skelter, the uprising of blacks and the mass genocide of whites (Whitehead). Manson’s firm conviction about Helter Skelter separates him from other criminals who commit their crimes out of insanity. In Travels in New-England and New-York, author…show more content…
It is these ideals and motivations that exemplify the motivation and belief system that drive a person to kill. As such, these stories are commendable examples that embody the true crime genre. The aftermath of the Revolutionary War brought freedom to the colonies, but also caused a brief economic collapse. Beadle, accustomed to a luxurious lifestyle, would rather face death than be considered part of the lower class. Dwight acknowledges Beadle’s pride as the source of condemnation. Dwight states, “When he [Beadle] saw his circumstances reduced so as to threaten him with a necessary and humiliating change…pride prompted him…in a sullen hostility against God and man…” (49). The demotion into a different class status frightened Beadle, thus igniting his sense of pride. Beadle felt that he could not lose the life that he was used to; a wealthy elitist that was entitled to living above the norm. He felt that it was his right to live an affluent lifestyle, regardless of what events had transpired. Furthermore, Beadle feared the miserable lives his wife and children might live once he is gone. Thus, he felt entitled to murder them in order to escape the reality that was to come. Dwight goes on to state, “…he [Beadle] had a right to take the lives of his children, because they were his children, and therefore, in his own view his property…” (50). It becomes obvious that Beadle had no regard for the lives of his

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