“The Famous Trial of Charles Manson”
Introduction to Criminal Justice
April 21, 2011
A Brief History
When most people think of Charles Manson, they think “sick, psychotic, serial killer” when in fact that is not entirely true. Sick, yes! Psychotic, yes! Killer, not necessarily! On November 12, 1934, Charles Manson is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. The illegitimate son of a sixteen-year-old girl named Kathlene Maddox. His father, whom he never met, was “Colonel Scott”, from Ashland, Kentucky. His mother was a heavy drinker and ended up in prison for robbery of a grocery store. After the sentencing of his mother, the Courts ordered Manson, a minor at the time, to Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1947. Manson began his juvenile record through escape attempts from Gibault School. Manson’s first known committed crime is robbing a grocery store, in 1948, which he was caught and sent to a juvenile detention center. He escapes the juvenile detention center in 1948 and commits two armed robberies. Apprehended again, Manson is sent to the Indiana School for Boys in Plainfield, Indiana where he spends the next three years. During his stay, Manson escaped eighteen times. Because of his mischievous actions and juvenile history, Manson becomes transferred from one boy school to another several times until ultimately escaping from the School for Boys in 1951 and starting his criminal career. Manson would later be known as one of the most sinister and complicated criminals of all time. Charles Manson is best known for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders and known worldwide as a sociopath or better known as a psychopath. Prior to the Tate-LaBianca murders, Manson was indicted on federal Mann Act charges in April of 1960. He was arrested in Laredo, and brought back to California where he is ordered to prison at San Pedro, California to serve the ten-year sentence that had been suspended in 1959 for forging a treasury check. He asks prison officials to let him remain in the prison, but having completed his ten-year prison term, he is released on March 21, 1967 and heads for San Francisco. Manson’s Theory
The theory of Charles Manson’s connection and direction of the horrific murders were to start a race war he called “Helter Skelter” with a mixed influence of the Beatles’ White Album and The Book of Revelations of the Holy Bible (Bugliosi, 2011). His soon to be called “Family,” who were a group of Manson followers including Patricia Krenwinkel, Charles “Tex” Watson, Leslie Van Houten, and Susan Adkins believed Manson to be Jesus Christ and the devil wrapped into one. In addition, The Family would follow his every word and direct order that would start shedding blood across the high-class societies of California. A prior murder victim of Manson’s masterminding dictation to The Family was a music teacher named Gary Hinman, in which he was stabbed to death and wrote on a wall near the body, in Hinman’s blood, “Political Piggy”. Political Piggy is the title of a song from the Beatles’ White Album. Manson’s thinking is greatly influenced by the Beatles album as he often wrote the song titles or certain lyrics in the victim’s blood on walls, refrigerators, and referred to them when speaking to “The Family,” which included himself and a group of his followers, which people today would see as a “cult” rather than a family. Manson interpreted most of the album lyrics as reference to The Book of Revelations within the Holy Bible. He had a warped ideology for his interpretation of lyrics in the White Album produced by the Beatles. The World Outside of Charles Manson
When Manson started his murder crimes, Richard Nixon was the President of the United States. In 1969, United States astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. In addition, the first Woodstock Festival draws 500,000 plus people to a small New York town. During this time, all were demanding individual rights, such as...
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