ICCB (Module 4) - Case Study of a Serial Killer - Charles Manson
Early Childhood Charles Manson was born on 12 Nov 1934, in a cincinnati general hospital. His mother Kathaleen Madox was just 16 and unmarried when he was born. Kathaleen was convicted of an armed robery and sentenced to five year imprisonment in 1939. During her parole, charles lived with his mother, which he characterizes as his sole happy childhood memory. Kathaleen being a prostitue and alcoholic decided to put charles in a foster home
Early Childhood The court hence put charles in Gibault School for boys, and within a period of 10 months he fled from there to his mother, who rejected him.
Early Offences In his early age he robbed a couple of grocery stores, for his daily expenditures He was soon caught and sent to a juvenile center in indianapolis, from where he ran the very next day He was recaptured and sent to Boys town, from where he escaped again,on the fourth day of his arrival along with another boy.
At the age of 13, Charles stole cars, broke into stores, commited his first armed robbery. He was then caught and sent to Indiana School for Boys, where he claimed he was raped and repeatedly beaten, and hence ran away 18 times. He was sent to a number of similar camps, and finally granted parole in 1954,by this time he was 19.
Charles manson was then sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for forging a 43$ cheque while he was on probation. His charge sheet had a variety of crimes ranging from robbery, forgery, running prostitution etc.
His Release Manson had been in institutions for more than half of his life, and right before his release from prison in 1967, he requested that he be permitted to stay. "Dont let me out, I cant cope with the outside world". “I cant handle the maniacs outside, let me back in”.
The Rising of the Family Manson moved to San Francisco in 1967. He established himself as a guru, and preached about philosophy Young females were attracted to his charisma, and started following him. The use of LSD, a hallucinogenic drug, helped Manson hook, control, and manipulate his followers.
The Growth The Family lived at 636 Cole Street, in San Francisco during the summer of 1967. In November, Manson and nine of his followers painted a bus, took out the seats, and went on a drug ridden ride up and down the west coast of America. They picked up more and more followers along the way.
Rules of the Family No one in the family was allowed to see doctors Women in the family were required to have children For a baby’s delivery, the mother would be held in the air by the family, Manson would “catch” the baby, and cut the umbilical cord with a guitar string. Manson would beat members if they didn’t follow his command or hesitate on doing as there told. All members were required to take LSD, smoke marijuana, and participate in orgies. This included Manson, the men, the women, and all of the children. The majority of the children were born while their mothers were taking LSD
The Beach Boys Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys became part of the family when he picked up two hitch hiking girls who were part of the family. The next day Manson and his family moved in with Wilson. Over the next few months Wilson paid for Manson to record in studios, and introduced him to several musicians and producers. Masons recordings, if they exist, have never been released. Wilson also paid a $100,000 bill for the medical treatment the family needed for gonorrhea and other damage.
Helter Skelter Manson believed that the tension between whites and blacks was growing, and that the blacks would rise in rebellion against the whites. He convinced his followers, “The Family”, that they needed to be together to survive during the chaos. Manson believed the The Beatles had also predicted the racist turmoil, and wrote the White Album filled with subliminal messages, made solely for the Family. Manson is thought to have believed that The Beatles were angels sent from God to tell him to take control of the “race-war”
Overall Murders Manson planned to make the murders look like theyd been done by African Americans. He wanted Whites to retaliate against Blacks"Helter Skelter" (his made up term for a race war). He was convicted for 7 murders He was convicted for 7 murders, 8 if you count Sharon Tates unborn baby. Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Voytek Frokowski, Steven Parent, Leno La Bianca and Rosemary La Bianca 8 murders if you count Sharon Tates unborn baby.
The Hinman Murder In June of 1969 Manson told a male family member that Helter Skelter was ready to happen. One month later, on July 27, Manson ordered Beausoleil to murder their former friend, Gary Hinman. Before leaving Hinman’s residence, Beausoleil wrote “Political Piggy” in Hinman’s blood on the wall of his house. Beausoleil was arrested nine days later, caught in Hinman’s stolen car. The murder weapon was in the tire.
The Tate Murders On August 8th, Manson told the Family Helter Skelter was here. Manson directed Tex Watson to take Family members Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to "that house where Melcher used to live" and "totally destroy everyone in it, as gruesome as you can.” He told the girls to do as Tex would instruct them. The four members gruesomely murdered Steven Parent, Wojciech Frykowski, 8 and a half month pregnant Sharon Tate, Polanski (Director), Jay Sebring, and Abigal Folger.
The LaBianca Murders The following night Manson and six Family members drove to the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles. They broke into the home of Leno LaBianca, a supermarket executive. They proceeded to stab LiBianca and his wife, Rosemary. Leno LaBianca was stabbed by Manson with a bayonet over a dozen times. Manson wanted all of the members to participate, so everyone had a chance to stab Rosemary.
Conviction The trial began on June 15, 1970. The prosecutions main witness was Kasabian, who, along with Manson, Atkins, and Krenwinkel, had been charged with seven counts of murder and one of conspiracy. However, since she Kasabian did not participate in the murders, she was granted immunity in order to testify. On January 25,1971, guilty verdicts were returned against the defendants on all counts. They were all sentenced to the death penalty, but since California abolished the death penalty, their sentences were reduced to life in prison.