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...