Charles Manson “Helter Skelter”
Charles Manson long and crazy life started at birth, and has not ceased since. He is still today one of the biggest icons in the murder mix, as being a serial killer. He is a man with many different powers and ways to draw people in.
His long, hard, and crazy life all started with his mother, Kathleen “Kathy” Maddox. She was the youngest of three children born to Nancy and Charles Maddox, she ran away from her strict Fundamentalist Christian home when she was 15 years old to escape the cold, strict, and oppressive family (Sable, 2006). She was an alcoholic runaway at only 16 years old. She gave birth on November 12, 1934, at 4:40pm, in Cincinnati General Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, the official name on the legal birth certificate was “No-name Maddox” (Sable, 2006). Afterwards, on the souvenir birth certificate the name Charles Milles was added. The young boy Charlie never met his father Colonel Scott, a 24-year-old transient laborer from Ashland, Kentucky; he was working on a dam near Cincinnati but made a quick exit after discovering his teenage sex partner had become pregnant (Sable, 2006). The Manson name was inherited by William Manson, 24, who Kathy was married to for a short time after Charlie’s birth. Manson rarely and could barely remember him, but this is the man he considered to be his father. It was not until 1936 that the courts awarded Kathleen $5.00 a month child support, it was 1954 when Colonel Scott died without acknowledging his son’s existence or contributing to his support (Sable, 2006). At six years old, when his mother was thrown in jail, for holding up a gas station, Charlie was sent to live with his religious grandparents. He was then relocated to his Uncle Bill and Aunt Joanne in West Virginia. After his mother was set free from prison, he hooked back up with his mother and the next thing that happened was tragic for a child to have to go through. Charles Manson quoted “Mom was in a café one afternoon with me on her lap, the waitress, a would-be mother without a child of her own, jokingly told my Mom she’d buy me from her, Mom replied ‘A pitcher of beer and he’s yours.’ The waitress set up the beer; Mom stuck around long enough to finish it off and left the place without me. Several days later my uncle had to search the town for the waitress and take me home” (Bentley, 2008). While living with his uncle, school started, his uncle decided he was too feminine and made him wear a dress to school, Manson wrote: “Grandmom said I don’t fight – I didn’t fight – my uncle beat me with a douche bag and no fight. Then he put a red dress on me and said if you gonna be a girl, dress like a girl, if I remember fighting and fighting and fighting, reckon I’ll ever get this red dress off” (Bentley, 2008).
In 1951, age 17, he escaped from another institution; he was arrested with two other boys and sent to the National Training School for Boys in Washington, D.C (Bentley, 2008). While he was there he underwent several tests including an IQ test and an aptitude test, the tests resulted in him being classified as illiterate with an IQ of 109, determining his aptitude for everything except music was average, he later again tested as an adult of having an IQ of 122 (Bentley, 2008). Later on a psychiatrist examined him in 1951 says that “the marked degree of rejection, instability and psychic trauma, his illegitimacy, small physical size and lack of parental love caused him to constantly strive for status with older boys, this added up to a fairly slick institutionalized youth but one is left with the felling that behind all this lies an extremely sensitive boy who has not yet given up in terms of securing some kind of love and affection from the world (Bentley, 2008). Charles Manson was in the system in some form or another on and off from the age of ten. He learned to work the system and it...
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