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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 12 November 1934Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Birth NameCharles Milles Maddox
Nicknames Mac
Charlie
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charles Manson is one of the most notorious convicted murderers in American history, though ironically, there is no evidence that he ever killed anyone himself. In 1971, Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi used his "Helter Skelter" theory to successfully convict Manson and several of his female compatriots of seven murders: the Tate-LaBianca killings that shocked America and the world (the victims included heavily-pregnant movie star Sharon Tate). Manson was subsequently convicted of two other murders: Donald "Shorty" Shea, a hand at the Spahn Ranch where Manson and his cronies and female groupies congregated, who Charlie may have believed snitched on him to the police after the Tate-LaBianca murders; and the earlier murder of music teacher and small-time drug dealer Gary Hinman by Bobby Beausoleil.

Although Manson never did any of the actual killing, under the rules of accomplice liability, he was deemed as responsible for the killings as the actual perpetrators who caused the deaths of the nine people. Condemned to death upon conviction, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the State of California after a 1972 Supreme Court decision struck down extant death penalties in the various states. It is highly unlikely that Manson will ever be paroled.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (2)

Leona "Candy" Stevens (1959 - 1963) (divorced) (1 child)
Rosalie Jean Willis (17 January 1955 - 1957) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Mountain man beard
Long unwashed Hair
Swastika on his forehead

Trivia (28)

Convicted in 1971 of seven murders in the late summer of 1969, including that of eight-month-pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of director Roman Polanski) and their friends Voytek Frykowski, Jay Sebring and Abigail Folger, as well as Steve Parent, who was visiting Tate's groundskeeper, William Garretson. Tate's unborn baby boy was buried as Paul Richard Polanski.
Has been denied parole each time his hearings have come up.
Two of his songs were recorded by other artists. "Cease to Exist", retitled "Never Learn Not to Love", was recorded by The Beach Boys prior to the infamous murders, appearing on their album "20/20" (Manson sold the song outright to drummer Dennis Wilson on the condition that the lyrics not be changed, and was furious enough to threaten Wilson's life when he heard the changes). "Look At Your Game, Girl" appeared later (unindexed) on the Guns N' Roses CD "The Spaghetti Incident?".
A failed folksinger and songwriter, several recordings of his works are commercially available, most of which were recorded in prison (as a convicted felon, he receives no money from the sale of these recordings. Any royalties are paid into a victims-rights fund; among its recipients are Voytek Frykowski's son Bartek Frykowski (Bartlomiej Frykowski)).
Was taught how to play guitar by Alvin Carpis while they were both in prison.
Was present at the Leno LaBianca and Rosemary LaBianca murder scene, the night after Sharon Tate's death, but left before the murders were committed, leaving them up to his followers. His charges were for masterminding the murders.
His mother, Kathleen Maddox, was 16 when he was born. His father is unknown, but believed to be a Colonel Scott, possibly a light-skinned African-American. She won a child-support order against Scott, but collected almost no money from him.
Other artists recording or quoting Manson compositions include GG Allin ("Garbage Dump"), Scramblehead ("The Fires Are Burning"), The Lemonheads ("Home Is Where You're Happy" and a quotation from "Big Iron Door" in their song "Clang Bang Clang"), and Marilyn Manson (a quotation from "Mechanical Man" in his song "My Monkey").
Son Valentine Michael Manson (nicknamed "Pooh Bear"), with Manson Family member Mary Brunner, born circa 1969. The child was placed with an adoptive family upon Manson's arrest.
Manson received his last name from William Manson, who was briefly married to his mother.
When Brian Warner became a rock star, he adapted a stage name that was a combination of his favorite actress' name (Marilyn Monroe) and that of his idol (Charles Manson). Brian Warner, of course, was Marilyn Manson. Ironically, Monroe and Manson were also aliases--Manson's real name is Charles Maddox, and Monroe's real name was Norma Jean Mortensen.
Created the "Land Armada", a fleet of armoured dune buggies that was meant to protect his "Family" at Spahn Ranch during the war of "Helter Skelter".
He started an organization called ATWA (Air, Trees, Water, Animals). It is not an environment conservation society.
His "Family' has rubbed shoulders with "Church of Satan", the "Process Church of Final Judgment", the "Circe Order of Dog Blood" and even the "Foue Pi Movement".
His mother was an alcoholic and sometime prostitute who once left him with a barmaid for a pitcher of beer.
Though only charged with two murders, he claims to have committed 35 and some authorities think even that may be an understatement.
Was found to have an IQ of 121 (above average/superior) while at McNeil Island Penitentiary, while his IQ, on a previous occasion, had been measured at 109 (average/above average).
He misinterpreted The Beatles' songs "Helter Skelter" and "Blackbird" to have hidden messages of an impending race war that would destroy the world and leave Manson and his "Family" to inherit the earth. In reality, "Helter Skelter" referred to a fairground ride.
Never blinks when speaking. This was used by Anthony Hopkins in his Hannibal Lecter movies after he watched videos of Manson interviews.
Did not audition for a part in The Monkees (1966) in 1965, despite stories to the contrary (and also didn't meet comedian Mike Warnke that year, as was later claimed). Manson was in prison serving a ten-year sentence for forgery and mail theft in 1965, and wasn't paroled until 1967.
Met record producer Terry Melcher, famous for his work with The Byrds and other groups, through Dennis Wilson. Melcher recorded Manson once in a studio and once at Spahn Ranch with a mobile unit, and considered signing him to a contract, but lost interest when he saw Manson lose his temper with a Family member. Manson and Tex Watson (Charles Watson) had visited Melcher's rented house on Cielo Drive (where Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski were later tenants) and, contrary to popular opinion, Manson knew that Melcher had moved out when he sent his family members there to murder its residents; the house was picked because the Family knew the layout of the place, and Manson wanted to "send a message" to Melcher.
While he is one of the most famous and despised criminals of the 20th century, Manson is not known to have ever personally killed anyone.
When Manson was nine he was caught stealing and sent to reform school. Later, at age 12, he was caught stealing again and sent to the Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute, IN, in 1947. He spent nearly a decade in prison (1958-1966), and returned again in 1971 to serve his life sentence.
Is portrayed by Jeremy Davies in Helter Skelter (2004).
Played by Steve Railsback in the original TV version of Helter Skelter (1976).
Disciplinary Custody, Security Housing Unit, California State Prison at Corcoran. [December 2000]
During the trial following the Tate-LaBianca murders, then-Pres. Richard Nixon publicly called Manson obviously guilty. When the papers printed this, Manson held the paper up in front of the jury, hoping that it would necessitate a retrial. The retrial never happened.

Personal Quotes (26)

My uncle told me don't go to no Yankee school, boy. So I burned the school down.
Nobody. I'm nobody. I'm a tramp, a bum, a hobo. I'm a boxcar and a jug of wine... and a straight razor-if you get too close to me.
Maybe I should have killed four or five hundred people...then I would have felt better. Then I would have felt I really offered society something.
[talking to an interviewer] If I wanted to kill somebody . . . I'd pick up this book and beat you to death with it! And I wouldn't feel a thing! It'd be like walking to the drug store.
[interview with Diane Sawyer, 1994, on the Tate-LaBianca murders] They maybe [sic] influenced, or they might have thought they were my instructions, but I wasn't . . . I wasn't, uh . . . directing traffic.
Look down at me and you'll see a fool. Look up at me and you'll see your god. Look straight at me and you'll see yourself.
Believe me, if I started killing people...there'd be none of you left.
You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Now everybody's crazy.
The truth is ugly so we put our prophets in prison.
Do you feel blame? Are you mad? Uh do you feel like wolf kabob Roth vantage? Gefrannis booj pooch boo jujube; bear-ramage. Jigiji geeja geeble Google Begap flagagaggle vaggle vedich-waggle bagga?
The street is my world. I don't go uptown and pretend to be anything fancy. I can, but I find more real in the world that I'm in than I do with tinsel. And the real world is the one I have to deal with everyday.
We are all our own prisons, we are all our own wardens and we do our own time. Prison's in your mind. Can't you see that I'm free.
I know this: that in your own hearts and in your own souls, you are just as much responsible for the Vietnam War as I am for killing these people.
Prison doesn't begin and end at the gate. Prison is in the mind. It's locked in one world that's dead and dying or it's open to a world that's free and alive.
Everyone's God and if we don't wake up to that there's going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we're doing bad things to the atmosphere. The automobiles and fossil fuels are destroying the atmosphere and we won't have air to breathe.
Your water's dying. Your life's in that cup. Your trees are dying. Your wildlife's locked up in zoos. You're in the zoo Man. How do you feel about it.
Can't fight for peace and you cannot capture freedom. It's happenin' right here, Jack, right here.
I'm special. I'm not like the average inmate. I have spent half my life in prison. I am a very dangerous man.
I am special. I am not like the average inmate. I have put five people in the grave. I've been in prison most of my life. I'm a very dangerous man.
I don't want to take my time going' to work. I got a motorcycle and a sleeping bag and 10 or 15 girls. What the hell do I want to go off and go to work for? Work for what? Money? I got all the money in the world. I'm the king man. I'm the run the underworld guy. I decide who does what and where they do it at. Who am I to run around and act like I'm some teenybopper somewhere for somebody else's money? I make the money man, I roll the nickels. The game's mine. I deal the cards.
There's all kinds of Jesuses. There's a black Jesus down in Florida. He's having a good time. There's a Mexican Jesus in Mexico. I mean there's Jewish Jesus. Jesus you know, all kinds of Jesus. Jesus coming back everywhere and nothing can stop it! It's the consciousness that lives in your mind!
Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Man, your mind is going a billion miles an hour man woooo. You know that's what I call confusion. That's helter skelter you know.
Section 8, all the discharged men of the Second World War raised me. Ferguson was an Ensign in the Navy, he raised me. All the guys that came back from the war raises all the kids that are locked up in prisons.
[Ted] Bundy's a rumpkin. Bundy's a poop butt. Bundy's his mama's boy. Bundy's out there trying to prove something to his own manhood that's got nothing to do with me. I don't roll around with poop people like that. I stand with people that can stand with themselves.
Paranoid schizophrenia in the forties, there was only a few of us because they just invented those tags from some college somewhere and we were just a small group of people. But now there are many paranoid schizophrenias because all these these guys that are graduating from college that are readin' all these books, anything they can't understand is a paranoid schizophrenia.
I smoke a little grass, I've taken a lot of peyote. Acid? Yeah, a bit of acid, but I never touched acid 'til '67. Now the people I was with who you said I turned on to acid, they turned me on to acid. In other words, that was the new trip to me and it wasn't all that big a trip to me. And I didn't really care for it and I don''t fuck with speed at all and I've never had a needle in my arm. Except for a blood test.

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