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CHARLES MANSON, Still Alive and Ranting
Everybody knows "Charley."
The only thing you have to do, is say the name. Where ever you are, to whomever you speak, the name, "Charles Manson," strikes immediate recognition. Charley is infamous.
In California, during the late '60's, Charles Manson had a mission. Like a pied piper, he gathered devoted followers, who eventually became known as his "Family." Little did they know, they would soon become our country's most evil and hated family.
Charley wasn't just an ordinary man. If you asked him, he would boast of all his many talents and attributes. After all, Charley was a charismatic, extraordinary man with a vision of the world as none before him. Charley was a holy man who eloquently quoted the Bible. He was soft-spoken and oozed with great love for all mankind. His family adored him. In fact, they worshipped him as the Savior, Jesus Christ.
A Few Facts Go a Long Way.
Born on November 12th,1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to 16 year-old Kathleen Maddox, the baby boy's birth certificate read, "no name Maddox," for the first few months of his life. At some point thereafter, Kathleen gave her son the name, Charles Milles Manson, borrowing this surname from her new husband, William Manson.
Thus began little Charley's life of instability, void of love, comfort or any semblence of normalcy. Due to Mommy's numerous stays in prisons, for as many crimes, son Charley was tossed from family member to foster home to institutions. By the young age of 12, Charley had become far too street-wise, desperate and bitter. He wanted out of the juvenile system. He yearned for freedom and he took it.
Throughout his adolescence, Charley lived on the streets, doing whatever necessary, to survive. Along the way, he learned well, how to steal, lie and manipulate anyone who crossed his path. He had a dream. To become a musician was a near-obsession for Charley, as he strummed his prized guitar, wrote songs and sang to passers-by who tossed their coins to him.
The Beatles were Charley's idols. He had an especially daunting devotion to them, in particular their White Album, on which was the song, Helter Skelter. It was in the words of Helter Skelter, Charley fantasized a code, describing a future war between two races.......between the whites and blacks of our country.
Charley Could Mesmerize.....
Charley's life on the streets gave him access to the young run-aways and lost souls, looking for something.....someone to accept them. The Hippie Movement of the '60's had taken hold and flower children roamed everywhere, existing in communal settings. Adopting free love and Peace to all, simple living amongst nature, music and marajuana, consumed them. The perfect setting for a self-made Guru, toting a bible, a guitar and a bag of pot. Here, he would build his church and lure his faithful sheep.
Using his methods of drugs, sex and rock 'n roll, as well as assuming a caring father-like position over his band of young drifters, Manson quickly earned their trust and loyalty. The women devoted themselves to him in an almost slave-like manner. The young men felt useful and tasted a sense of power for the first time in their lives. They were hooked and they bowed to Charley's word, as in eerie hypnotic response.
Manson told of a plan to spark his prediction of racial rioting. This riot was meant to ultimately pit whites against whites. In Charley's sick and twisted mind, the Manson Family would then rule over the Blacks of our nation.
Manson's Plan: They would brutally kill wealthy white people living in the California Valley and make certain to leave visible signs that the murders had been committed by blacks.
In the wee morning hours of August 9th, 1969, Manson drove a group of his puppets to the mansion of Film Director, Roman Polanski. In the home were actress Sharon Tate, nine months pregnant with Polanski's child, and house guests, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring and Voytek Frykowski as well as 18 year-old Steven Parent.
These innocent, unsuspecting individuals were all fatally shot and stabbed in a brutal and bloody attack by these crazed Manson family members. In a gruesome and horrific act, even Sharon's baby was not allowed to survive.. Racial comments were scribbled on the walls in the victim's blood.
These savages hitch hiked back to the ranch where they'd been living. Manson had driven back to the ranch after dropping them off to commit the murders. Charley had no physical part in the killings...no blood on his hands.
The very next night, on August 10th, the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca was the scene of two more brutal and fatal stabbings. Leno & Rosemary were bound and each suffered multiple stabbings inflicted with a butcher knife, a large two-pronged fork and a bayonet. The words, "Death to Pigs" were smeared in blood, on the refrigerator door.
Putting the Puzzle Together
Although these murders were investigated by two separate police departments, through a series of arrests and law enforcement communications, as well as careful collection of information, local sherriff's had more than enough cause to arrest Manson and 25 family members.
Ultimately, only Charles Manson and a handful of followers were charged with the murders and stood trial for these crimes.
Fortunately, at that time, the Prosecutor was none other than the brilliant Los Angeles Distrist Attorney, Vincent Bugliosi. His genius prosecution of these brutal killers was a complete success, returning Guilty verdicts for all defendents.
Each received the Death Penalty at sentencing. However, when California's Capital Punishment was abolished, their sentences became Life.
Over the ensuing forty years, most all of these defendents have gone before the parole board a total of 12 times. Every time, each was denied parole. Even Susan Atkins, who requested release based upon mercy, due to her terminal brain cancer, has been denied.
Next week, Charles Manson himself, goes before the board for the twelfth time. During each prior plea to the Parole Board, Manson has gone into his usual rantings and ravings. He has not been a model prisoner for all these years and has been diagnosed with severe mental disorders, showing no improvement whatsoever. His dramatic lunacy before the board has merely been a waste of time at best or very poor entertainment at worst.
Charley's twelfth visit before the board next week, should prove to be no different.