“Twisted Thursday” returns…. Let’s take a look at Charles Manson since he’s been in the news this week. Rumors were rampant that he had been released on parole, but that was just a hoax.
Abused at a young age by his uncle and said to have been sold by his mother for a pitcher of beer in a bar, Mason became an enigmatic leader of the “The Family”. In the 1960s, Manson founded a hippie cult group known as “The Family” whom he manipulated into brutally killing others on his behalf.
Manson believed that the Beatles song “Helter Skelter” predicted an imminent race war that was going to happen in 1969. When it didn’t happen, he told his followers that they must show the blacks how to do it. On August 9, 1969, four of Manson’s followers, at his bidding, viciously murdered Sharon Tate, her unborn baby, and four others who were visiting her (Roman Polanski was out of the country). The following night, Manson’s followers viciously killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their home. The Tate/Polanski home was formally occupied by Terry Melcher who was in the music business and had refused to help Manson get a record deal or help in any way. So in all probability the first murders were a case of mistaken identity.
In December 1969, Manson and several of his followers were arrested. The trial began on July 24, 1970. On January 25, Manson was found guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. On March 29, 1971, Manson was sentenced to death.
Manson was reprieved from the death penalty in 1972 when the California Supreme Court banned the death penalty.
He has spent the last four decades in prison convicted for being a serial killer without ever killing anyone. He also has received more mail than any prisoner is history. He periodically comes up for parole and thankfully gets denied.
A few years ago while taking psychology classes we had to write a paper on an infamous person. I chose Charles Manson; I think what happened the summer of 1969 always stuck in my head. I graduated high school that year and hearing this was really a rude awaking to reality for me.