Charles Manson Research Paper

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The Life and Death of Charles Milles Manson Charles Manson is an American criminal who manipulated drifters, hippies, and the unemployed people. He was the leader of a cult named “ The Manson Family”. Manson’s early life was filled with trouble and instability. He was an unplanned child born to a 16-year-old mother, Kathleen Maddox. Manson was first named “No Name Maddox” when he first arrived at the Cincinnati General Hospital in Ohio. Manson's mother was allegedly a heavy drinker. She abandoned him when he was only twelve years old. According to a family member, she once sold her son for a pitcher of beer to a childless waitress, from whom his uncle retrieved him some days later. After his abandonment, Manson spent much of the rest of…show more content…
His mother was sentenced to five years in prison at Moundsville State Prison. Manson first stayed with his maternal grandparents, Charles and Nancy Maddox. While living there he experienced the same strict religious upbringing that his mother had rebelled against in her youth. Manson’s grandmother insisted on long hours of prayer and worked hard to teach him Christian values, particularly those of nonviolence. Since he was taught not to fight, he became an easy target for neighborhood kids to pick on. This nonviolent behavior soon changed when his grandparents sent him to live with his Uncle Bill and Aunt Joanne. Manson’s uncle was disgusted by his weak demeanor and humiliated Manson by sending him to his first day of school in a dress. Manson was teased and became so embarassed that he forgot all of his grandmothers values and started getting into fights with other kids. He soon developed a reputation as a mean and ready brawler. Aside from that incident, he and his new guardians got along fairly well. However, Manson felt out of place and lonely. He said “If you don’t belong, things just aren’t the same.” Perhaps because of this sense of alienation, Manson began to steal things at the age of seven. His first confrontation was on Christmas when Manson was jealous of the toys the neighbors kids received. He decided to steal them and light them on…show more content…
On the first day of trial Manson appeared in court with a bloodied X carved into his forehead. He said aloud “I have X’d myself from your world… You have created a monster…My faith in me is stronger than all of your armies, governments, gas chambers, or anything you want to do to me. I know what I have done. Your courtroom is man’s game. Love is my judge.” The same day, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten (members of the family) also appeared with similar marks on their foreheads, burned into their flesh by heated bobby pins. In the first twenty-two weeks of the trial the prosecution presented over fifty witnesses. Manson wasn’t found guilty for the murder of the Tate or LaBianca family

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