Charles Manson

Charles Manson

Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) is an American criminal and musician who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca carried out by members of the group at his instruction. He was convicted of the murders through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes his fellow conspirators commit in furtherance of the conspiracy's objective.

Manson believed in what he called "Helter Skelter," a term he took from the song of the same name by The Beatles. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles' song. He believed his murders would help precipitate that war. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanity, violence and the macabre. The term was later used by Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi as the title of a book he wrote about the Manson murders.

At the time the Family began to form, Manson was an unemployed ex-convict, who had spent half of his life in correctional institutions for a variety of offenses. Before the murders, he was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry, chiefly through a chance association with Dennis Wilson, founding member and drummer of The Beach Boys. After Manson was charged with the crimes of which he was later convicted, recordings of songs written and performed by him were released commercially. Various musicians, including Guns N' Roses, White Zombie and Marilyn Manson, have covered some of his songs.

Manson's death sentence was automatically commuted to life imprisonment when a 1972 decision by the Supreme Court of California temporarily eliminated the state's death penalty. California's eventual reinstatement of capital punishment did not affect Manson, who is currently incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison.

Read more about Charles Manson:  Manson Family, Aftermath

Other articles related to "charles manson, manson":

Charles Manson Superstar
... Charles Manson Superstar is a documentary film about Charles Manson, directed by Nikolas Schreck in 1989 ... Mason being interviewed about the Universal Order, and Manson ... Anton LaVey's "The Satanic Mass," and Manson's own songs "Clang Bang Clang" and "Mechanical Man" from the album LIE The Love and Terror Cult, were played during the film ...
History Of The Hippie Movement - 1970-present - Charles Manson
... Main article Charles Manson Charles Manson was a lifelong criminal who had been released from prison just in time for San Francisco's Summer of Love ... guitar playing, his singing and rhetoric, Manson exhibited many of the outward manifestations of hippie identity ... Yet Manson hardly exemplified the hippie ideals of peace, love, compassion and human fellowship through twisted logic and psychological manipulation, he inspired his followers to commit murder ...
Sarah Jo Pender - "Female Charles Manson" Label
... Prosecutor Larry Sells likened Sarah Pender to a "Female Charles Manson" to describe her alleged influence over Richard Hull ... murders, the comparison would be grossly exaggerated Charles Manson was a guru with a juvenile offender record and a psychiatric history who led several ... demon she has the ability to seduce people into committing atrocious acts she has a Charles Manson-like ability to manipulate people." The America's Most Wanted website made a particularly ...
Charles Manson - Manson and Culture - Documentaries
... Manson, directed by Robert Hendrickson and Laurence Merrick ... Charles Manson Superstar, directed by Nikolas Schreck ...
Charles Manson Discography - Discography - Albums
... the B side is etched with a reproduction of a drawing of faces done by Manson ... includes liner notes of poetry attributed to Manson ... Charles Manson (CD, Grey Matter, 1993) ...