“Twisted Thursday” returns…. Charles Manson

“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.


10 thoughts on ““Twisted Thursday” returns…. Charles Manson

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  2. Its truly sad that this man, who is responsible for the brutal murders of so many including sharon tate who was with child, has received so much fame and infamy from it.

  3. Wow, I hadn’t seen a picture of him like he’s now. Somehow I still view him as in the first picture, but of course time ages. 🙂
    I would be surprised if they would let this guy out. I think he only gets out in a body bag. I think we all realise this man is far too dangerous to walk around freely.
    I also think we should think like that more often with certain people. People who also committed horrible crimes but somehow got released later on and they just picked up where they left off and more innocent people died because of it.
    Two examples of the top of my head: Kenneth McDuff and Jack Unterweger

    • Unfortunately there are too many people around like him. On the other hand, we have judges in Nashville waiving the 12 hr. holding for domestic abusers and letting them go. That happened this week because his attorney apparently lied and told judge he and the girl weren’t even dating anymore. When he got out he went straight back to the girl and beat the hell out of her. He broke her cell phone while she was trying to call 911. And the kicker is even after he was arrested the second time, he was let out early again!!!
      Here’s the link: http://www.newschannel5.com/story/25765445/nashville-contractor-freed-early-after-attacking-girlfriend-attacks-her-again

    • There’s several similarities between Manson and Unterwerger, in that they were both born to prostitutes and they were abused as children. Unterwerger became sort of a celebrity too; writing articles, doing interviews and even ride-a-longs with the police in LA. Manson’s notoriety comes from his ability to control others into doing what he wants them to do. Through being a charismatic leader using drugs and whatever else he could, he had his minions do his dirty work in the killings. Even though he was in and out of jail several times it was never for murder until 1969 and even then he physically didn’t do it.
      There’s been a lot of people became the defendants after being the victims early in life. This actually what one of the chapters I am reading now is about “Defendants and Victims”. Research has established that offenders and victims often possess the same characteristics and engage in many of the same behaviors. It is not uncommon to find that a person who appears in court as the defendant was in the past in court in the role of victim. However, it also depends on the crime.
      Amazing the hold some people can have on others – such as Jim Jones and his cult of followers where on November 18, 1978, 912 people died from drinking poison punch including 276 children.

      • Yes, like you I’m familiar with all the named cases. I saw a documentary about Unterweger once and really, how he managed to fool everybody he was reformed, it amazed me. Because I do not believe these type of people can be reformed.
        And writing about his own murders was quite bold.
        He must have had the time of his life in those days.

  4. Yes, who said life was fair. Sometimes it seems more fair to the low lifes and criminals then to their (future) victims.
    Domestic violence is a mayor problem in every country’s society. Still, women are left out in the cold. I wrote about this subject as well.
    For example: Domestic Violence – a true crime (in general)
    And Collateral Damage (a specific case from the show stalked – someone’s watching)
    I should write a new post about this subject.

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