Charles Manson: The Cult Leader

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Charles Milles Manson was born November 12th, 1934. Manson was a cult leader and had followers. He and his followers carried out many notorious deaths around the 1960’s one of them being the slaying of the actress Sharon Tate. His murders got him life imprisonment. His cult, the Manson Family cult, and his murderous campaign made him one of the most infamous figures in criminal history. After being caught for Sharon Tate’s murder Manson was received the death penalty in 1971 which was later commuted to life imprisonment the following year.

Manson died November 19th, 2017 from natural causes at the age of 83. The days prior to his death he was admitted to a hospital in Bakersfield, California. No information about his condition and location was disclosed for safety reasons. Manson was serving his time in Corcoran State Prison in California since 1971. He was also denied parole for the 12th time in 2012.

His cult had around 100 followers and shared his passion for an unconventional lifestyle and habit of using LSD and magic mushrooms. His following included some young girls who believed he was Jesus. Manson and his cult were though to have killed around 35 people, manson ordered some of these killings but did not participate in most of the crimes. Most of the 35 cases were never tried because lack of evidence or because people were already sentenced or tried for the cases.

Before starting his cult, Manson had been arrested for many crimes, he also repeated some of the crimes. The first killing in his cult was Gary Hinman in July 1969. His cult gained popularity after the killing of Sharon Tate and her friends in her house. He tried to start a career in singing and acting but he was rejected, many people believe he killed celebrities because he was rejected and they were accepted into the music and acting industries.

In his will Manson left everything to a man named Matthew Roberts. Roberts was the first person to communicate with Manson and that’s why its believed he left everything to Matthews.

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