How we live our childhood and grow up can have an impact on adult years and determine how our minds are in regards to right and wrong. Charles Manson lived a terrible child hood, and no child should have to go through what he went through. This does not excuse what we do wrong, morally or unlawfully in our adult years, but can have a terrible impact on the mind. The schools for crime causation will help to try to understand Charles Manson, his childhood, adult live, and life of crime.
Charles Manson was not any ordinary man. He did not have a happy child hood, even in his teen years, and most of his life has been spent incarcerated. The schools of crime causation and some of their theories will analyze Charles Manson from his childhood to his life of crime to see what made Manson turn to one of the most notorious serial killers of all time. These theories of crime causation are biological, physical, and social theories. The psychological school of crime causation calls a psychopath a person who has a mental disorder or personality disorder. Charles Manson had a combination of both; a true psychopath. “Henry Cleckley described the psychopath, also called a sociopath, as a ‘moral idiot’ whose central defining characteristics is the inability to accurately imagine how other think and feel” (Schmalleger, 2007, p. 95). Charles Manson did not care how others felt or what they thought. He was brought up in a world where he knew his mother did not care about his feelings as long as she met her needs. Charles Manson could, if he wanted to, inflict so much pain on his victims and never care about the amount of suffering they would be going through. He was quoted as saying to “a television reporter, ‘I could take this book and beat you to death with it, and I wouldn’t feel a thing. It’d be just like walking to the drug store” (Schmalleger, 2007, p. 95). Charles Manson was not only a psychopath, but he was also a psychotic. He was out of touch with the reality that he lived in. Manson believed that the end of the world would come and he would rule the world with his family behind him. “Manson believed that Armageddon was imminent, in the form of a race war, and believed he was destined to be the ultimate beneficiary of it. He also described the race war as Helter Skelter, ‘all the wars that have ever been fought, piled on top of each other” (The Family: Charles Manson, n.d., p.2). What Manson meant was that the war would ultimately be between the blacks and whites. Manson felt that the blacks were not educated enough to run the country, and they also did not know how to begin the war. Charles “Manson was heard saying that the war would be triggered by ‘some black people coming out of the ghetto and doing atrocious crimes, and that blacks did not know how to start its rule in this war, so he would have to show them” (The Family; Charles Manson, n.d., p. 2). Manson also believed that there was a hole in the desert where he and his followers could hide in the earth until Armageddon was over with. This hole led to the bottomless pit lined with gold streets. The psychopath came out of Manson when the first murder was committed, but the murder of Sharon Tate was horrendous. Sharon Take was an actress who was “stabbed five times, which was fatal, but she also had another eleven stab wounds. Ms. Tate was pregnant, and Charles Manson had no moral values when it came to life. Ms. Tate and her child were killed and the child was cut out of the actress’ womb. “Charles Manson claimed to have committed 35 murders” (Charles Manson, n.d., p.2), so there are others that have not been accounted for that should be charged to Manson, or maybe it was a figment of Manson’s imagination. Then again, maybe Sigmund Freud (Schmalleger, 2007) and his Freudian Psychoanalysis does make a vital point in Charles Manson’s life. The Freudian Psychoanalysis explains the “id, ego, and superego...