Charles Manson Compare and Constrast Essay

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Charles Manson

Charles Manson
Charles Manson has been named "the most dangerous man alive." Society referred to him as
the devil. They believed he was the reason society was so bad in the 1960's. The 1950's to
the 1960's was uncontrollably filled with violence. Our culture was shattered by the
assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Senator Robert F.
Kennedy. At the same time, body bags from Vietnam were building up from a war that was
tearing our nation apart. Riots and antiwar protesters marched across America. Many people
worried that the US was getting out of control. "The Sixties ended abruptly on August 9,
1969..." wrote Didon in The White Album. On August 8,1969, director Roman Polaski's
housekeeper found five bodies, slashed and bloody. Manson was the metaphor of evil! To
many, Charles Manson symbolized the end of civilized society and the dawn of a new age of
terror. (Lagarde)

On November 12, 1934, Charles Milles Manson was brought into this world by Kathleen Maddox
and Colonal Scott. At the time Kathleen was a 16 year old troublemaker. Charlie never knew
his father and never really had a "father figure." His mother was the kind that children
are taken away from and put in foster homes. Kathleen had the habit of disappearing for
days and weeks at a time, leaving Charlie with his grandmother or aunt. Kathleen Maddox
was sentenced to a penitentiary for armed robbery, Charlie was sent to live with his aunt
and uncle; who were going to try to straighten him out. When Kathleen was released from
jail she didn't want Charlie as her responsibility, preferring her life of drinking. At
this point in time she was willing to trade Charlie for a glass of beer. Charlie was
adapted to a life of violence and loneliness. He kept to himself and didn't have any
friends. Charlie was an observer, he never got involved or talked to people. Soon Charlie
was following in his mother's foot steps. He began stealing and causing trouble. By age
nine he was sent to a reform school. In less than a year he ran away from his school. He
tried to run to his mother but she wanted nothing to do with him. Charlie was in and out
of reform schools, jails, and institutions. By 1958, Charles Manson was released on parole
only to cause more chaos. (Newsweek,55)

On the streets Manson chose pimping as his career. In 1959 he was arrested once again on
two federal charges. This time Manson did not receive jail time, giving thanks to a young
women pretending to be pregnant with his child. At the age of twenty-six Charles Manson
was sent to the US penitentiary. By 1959 Charles had been committed of rape, drug use,
pimping, stealing, and fraud. Manson was emotionally insecure and was lacking attention.

Manson had obsessions with music; the Beatles and his guitar. He hoped that in his future
he would be employed in the music business. (UMKC) On March 21,1967, Charles was released
from prison for the second time. The 32 year old went to San Francisco. Charles Manson
protested his freedom, "Oh no, I can't go outside there..." "I know I won't be able to
adjust to the world, not after I spent all of my life locked up and my mind was free. I am
content to stay in the penitentiary, just to take my walks around the yard in the sunshine
and play my guitar." The prison guards ignored Manson and unleashed the evil man into
society once again.

For Charles Manson, religion was a strong force that he used to manipulate the minds of
his followers. When Charles was 34 he decided he wanted a family. Charles started to
attract a group of followers, many of whom were young women with troubled lives, rebelling
against their parents and society. All of Charlie's followers were weak willed people who
were naive, gullible, and easy to lead. Manson used LSD and amphetamines to alter his
followers personalities. (Manson) Manson's "family" referred to Charles as "God" or "Jesus
Christ." The family traveled around California trying to find a place to join together and
live. In the spring of 1968, the "family" moved in with a music teacher, Gary Hinman.
Eventually Hinman became very uncomfortable with Manson and his girls and told them to
move out. Manson then found George Spahn and conned the old man into letting the him and
his followers live on the ranch. The Manson "family" was surviving off of stealing and
scavenging. Manson made sure that the girls did what he wanted them to. They listened to
and looked up to Manson. They took drugs he took if he told them to. They would satisfy
his sexual needs one after the other if he told them to. When Charlie carved a black X on
his forehead his "family" did too. (Singer,55)

The ninth chapter of Revelation was the Manson's family guide. Manson believed that in
many ways he was following the bible. Charles was "god" and his "family" was his
followers. His family believed that the "four angels" referred to in the Revelations, was
the popular band, the Beatles. Manson viewed the Beatles as prophets who were placed on
Earth to warn of an upcoming revolution. Manson believed that the Beatles were talking to
him through their music. (Missouri)

Charlie came up with a philosophy; something he dreamed up to impress his followers. The
focus of his philosophy was a kind of Armageddon. Charlie preached that someday the black
men were going to rise up to power and start killing all of the whites, and turn the
cities in to an inferno of racial revenge. In Charlie's eyes the colored man could win
this war. Charlie figured that the blacks wouldn't be able to hold on to this power
because of natural inferiority. In 1968, Charlie forecasted a racial war. The Beatles
released their White Album, which had the song "Helter Skelter." The lyrics fit Charlie's
theory of war: "look out helter skelter, helter skelter, helter skelter. She's coming down
fast, yes she is, yes she is." The Armageddon now had a name. It was "Helter Skelter."
According to Charlie his family would survive this racial holocaust because they would be
hiding in the desert safe from the chaos of the city. He pulled from the book of
Revelations, the concept of a "bottomless pit," the entrance of which was a cave
underneath Death Valley that led down to a city of gold. This is where Charlie and his
family planned on waiting out this war. Charlie's concept was that when the war was over
the Manson "family" would be one of the only white families left. Then, the Manson
"family" would rule the world, because the blacks could not handle it. (Buglioso,321)
Because the Armageddon never came, Manson felt like he should take it into his own hands.
During the summer of 1969 Charles made a few members of his family start the murders. The
started with the Tate household.

Quiet and secluded is just what the young star wanted. The canyons above Beverly Hills
were far enough away from the noise of Hollywood to have privacy and space. Sharon Tate
loved her house on Cielo drive. To her it meant romance, with the man of her dreams and
father of her child, director Roman Polanski. It was August 9,1969, Sharon was having a
get together with a few of her sophisticated friends: Abigail Folger, Voytek Frykowski,
and Jay Sebring. Sharon was eight months pregnant and was very lonely for her husband who
was away in Europe working on a film. Sharon had many gathers like this one because she
was lonely. (Buglosi,25)

The Tate house was secluded but not completely insecure. About one-hundred feet away from
the house was a locked gate, and a guesthouse occupied by the caretaker.

That night at the Kott's, Sharon's nearest neighbors who lived about 100 yards away,
thought they heard gunshots coming from the direction of Sharon's property sometime
between 12:30 and 1:00 a.m. Since they heard nothing else they went to bed. Around the
same time, Tim Ireland who was supervising a camp-out less than a mile away heard a women
screaming, "Oh, God, No, Don't, Don't..." He drove around and found nothing unusual.
Nearby the Scott's dogs went into a barking frenzy sometime around 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. He
got out of bed, looked around and found nothing unusual. Robert Billington, a member of a
private security patrol thought he heard several gunshots a little after 4 am. and called
the headquarters. The LAPD officer said, "I hope we don't have a murder, we just had a
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