The Psychology Behind Charles Manson

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Part A: Charles Manson is one of the most notorious killers in history. He lead a troubled life early on, mostly living in institutions as his mother abandoned him. After going to prison several times, he discovered his passion for music, and tried not to be released from prison as it was “his home”. Soon after his emancipation, he quickly formed “The Family”, a hippie cult which believed in “Helter skelter”. This idea, which Charles Manson derived from the Beatles song of the same name, involved a race war between whites and blacks. He told them that during this uprising in 1969 (his own prediction), they would have to hide underground in Death Valley, California. When this uprising did not occur, he told his followers that he must show “them” how it’s done. This resulted in him instructing his followers to brutally killing Sharon Tate, her unborn baby, Leno LaBianca, and Rosemary LaBianca in their own homes. Manson was found guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He was sentenced to death, but a temporary removal of the death sentence in California made his trial changed to life in prison, which he serves to this day. Part B: 1. Where did his prejudice against African-Americans derive from? 2. Did his abusive mother impose these racist allegations to him? 3. Did his drug use with LSD skew his interpretations of the Beatles songs? 4. Was his desire for fame derived from his failure in music? 5. Did his philosophies derived from several religions helped instigate his crimes? Part C: While a sociological approach would be appropriate concerning Manson’s cult rituals, a psychological approach helps differentiate Manson’s sociopathic planning to aid his spontaneous psychopathic approaches. For instance, when Manson’s carefully planned out prediction of the uprising in 1969 did not occur, he turned

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