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  • It was the crime that rocked the worldAugust 9th, 1969, and after being tortured  

  • and brutalized, a pregnant Sharon Tate and four of  her socialite friends were murdered in her home.  

  • In the days to come the world would come to  know who carried out this brutal atrocity,  

  • but only today do we know the full  extent of the evil and insanity  

  • that surrounded Charles Manson  and his infamous Manson Family.

  • Mother of the Year

  • If you're a fan of our serial killer episodesthen you already know that all too often  

  • nurture, rather than nature, is what  can turn a man from a path of light,  

  • to one of unspeakable darkness. For Charles  Manson, the story is no different. Pregnant at 16,  

  • his mother didn't bother to name young Charles  when she gave birth to him, with his birth  

  • certificate readingNo Name Maddox”. Not too long  later, Manson's mother would end up selling him  

  • for a pint of beer to a childless woman, though  the next day his uncle would scour the town and  

  • find the young Manson. We can only imagine  what might have happened if Manson was raised  

  • by anybody else than this literal wild wolf. At  least he got exactly one hug that we know of,  

  • when his mother and brother were released from  jail after attempting a robbery with a ketchup  

  • bottle, and she hugged him. Manson would later  call this the only bright spot of his childhood.

  • Manson the Pacifist

  • Despite his name being synonymous with murder,  

  • Manson actually never once killed anybodyHe left the killing to his extended 'family',  

  • which may have killed as many as 35 people  in total. Many of these murders were never  

  • attributed to them as the individuals who  carried them out were already being tried for  

  • other killings. We're not exactly sure how this  makes sense, but hey, the 60s were a crazy time.

  • Scientology and Self-Help

  • Manson spent most of his formative years in  and out of prison as a juvenile delinquent,  

  • serving short sentences for pimping and petty  theft. While in prison Manson briefly fell  

  • under the spell of Scientology, the  world's only religion that is actually  

  • a scam and insane enough to probably send  undercover Scientologists to try and shut  

  • the Infographics Show down for calling them out  on it- to which we say: bring it, space nerds.

  • With Manson, it seems that prison was actually  achieving the only thing that leads to less crime  

  • and that the prison industry really hates  to do- as he found himself rehabilitating  

  • as he engrossed himself in self-help books  such as How To Win Friends And Influence  

  • People. When he was released from prison  Manson actually begged to not be set free,  

  • saying that in prison was the  only place he had found any peace,  

  • and that he was worried about what he'd do  when he failed to adjust to the outside world.

  • Opiate For the (Ignorant) Masses

  • After being released from prison, Manson  moved to San Francisco, and then to Berkeley.  

  • Diving deep into the hippie culture, Manson  re-branded himself as a spiritual guru,  

  • which wasn't hard to sell to a bunch of  drug addicts using pacifism as an excuse  

  • to just do more drugs. As his influence grewhe began to gather his 'family', which mostly  

  • consisted of young women that he plied with  drugs, alcohol, and sometimes intimidation,  

  • for sex. Establishing themselves as a formal  cult, Manson taught his budding family that  

  • they were the reincarnations of the first  Christians, persecuted by the Romans who  

  • were now the establishment- all while behaving in  exactly the opposite way of said early Christians.

  • While he never fully stated it, Manson began to  allude himself to be the reincarnation of Jesus  

  • Christ, recalling dreams he'd had of himself  crucified on a cross and changing his name to  

  • Charles Willis Manson”. He'd state his new  name slowly to people, so that it sounded  

  • more likeCharle's Will Is Man's Son, and thus  creating a connection to Jesus, the Son of Man.  

  • Manson's growing family grew to believe  in his divinity, because if Jesus really  

  • did come back to earth he'd definitely spend  his time sitting in an overcrowded apartment  

  • doing a bunch of drugs. We guess that all the  hallucinogens probably helped sell the idea.

  • Manson the Babysitter

  • Manson babysitted the children of actor Al Lewis,  

  • best known for his role as  the grandpa on The Munsters,  

  • on numerous occasions. Lews later said that the  entire time he knew him Manson was a “nice guy”.

  • Penicillin Budget

  • Manson's 'family' was basically just a huge sex  cult, consisting mostly of women with some of  

  • them as young as 14. With little regard for safe  sex, one of the family's greatest expenditure  

  • was perhaps non-surprisingly, penicillin shots  for persistent gonorrhea which plagued the family.  

  • At one point the family accrued a  $21,000 medical bill for gonorrhea.

  • Master Manipulators

  • Manson, and his family, were keen manipulatorsAt his direction, the family engaged in the  

  • manipulation of everyone from criminals to  Hollywood players. One such sucker was a  

  • prominent member of a motorcycle gang, whom Manson  kept influence over by granting him access to the  

  • family's women. Manson would then tell the  biker that he himself was sexually pathetic,  

  • and that the only thing keeping the family  together was the biker's “large endowment”  

  • and sexual prowess. The women of the  family happily went along with the ruse.

  • Family Rules

  • The Manson family lived understrict set of rules which included  

  • no books. Ever the master manipulatorManson also included a ban of calendars,  

  • watches, and clocks of any kind- leaving  his followers completely dependent on him  

  • for any information. Curiously, Manson even  banned his followers from wearing glasses,  

  • claiming he wanted them to see the world for  its natural beauty. In reality, this was yet  

  • another manipulative ploy to further extend his  control over the family by leaving them helpless.

  • The Beach Boys May Be To Blame

  • What's more wholesome than the Beach Boyswho's music is prime Americana? Well,  

  • it might have been those very same Beach Boys  who'd be responsible for Manson's murder spree.  

  • One day Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson  was driving home when he saw two young female  

  • hitchhikers. Picking them up and dropping them  off at their home, Wilson would later run into  

  • them again in the exact same spot. This  time Wilson brought them to his own house,  

  • where they told him about the magicalmystery, musical guru, Charles Manson.

  • Wilson left the women at his home as he headed  to the studio for a late night recording session,  

  • and when he returned in the morning he  found Manson himself in his driveway.  

  • Wilson, afraid he was being robbed, asked Manson  if he was going to hurt him, to which Manson told  

  • him he had no such plans and even began to kiss  his feet. Wilson then entered his home with Manson  

  • and discovered another twelve people inside, most  of them Manson's young female family members.

  • Wilson would go on to host the family for several  months, while the women played servants to Wilson  

  • and Manson both. He even went as far as covering  $100,000 in the family's expenses, including the  

  • total destruction of one of his cars which the  family had borrowed. Eventually a rift developed  

  • between Wilson and Manson, and fearing for his  life, Wilson separated himself from the family.

  • Had Wilson not taken the family in, Manson  may have never been able to grow his family  

  • or keep it together long enough to cause the  inevitable carnage it would soon undertake.

  • The Beatles May Also Be To Blame

  • After the killing of Martin Luther King Jr.,  Manson became convinced that a race war was  

  • coming. This paranoia was fueled by The Beatle's  White Album- specifically the song Helter Skelter.  

  • Manson believed that the song included subliminal  messages warning of the coming race war,  

  • despite containing such lyrics as: “When I get  to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide,  

  • Where I stop and I turn and I go for a rideTill I get to the bottom and I see you again.”

  • Normally when you read a popular song's lyrics  you realize... well, just how stupid they really  

  • are and how little sense they make. Manson  though saw a warning that the end was coming.

  • Scientology is Definitely To Blame

  • Did we mention that Scientology is a scam? Wellwhile spending time learning about Scientology,  

  • Manson got a keen insight into many of the  manipulative tools that L Ron Hubbard used  

  • to launch his fake religion and keep people  in check. While in prison in his twenties,  

  • Manson was cellmates with Layette Raimerwho was a Space-Bishop or whatever high  

  • ranking Scientologists are called. Raimer  spent over 150 hours 'auditing' Manson,  

  • utilizing church-approved techniques to worm  into Manson's brain. Instead of creating a  

  • convert though, Manson reverse-engineered  the manipulation and adapted it for hinself,  

  • eventually complaining about Raimer to guards  until he received a new cell mate. Manson would  

  • later say that Scientology was too crazy even  for him, and that's really saying something for  

  • a religion that wants you to believe you're full  of ghost aliens and that's why you do bad things.

  • The Family Killed The Wrong Person

  • When a race war failed to materialize, Manson  got it in his head to start it himself.  

  • His plan would be to murder influential white  people in the hopes they'd blame it on blacks,  

  • and then murder some black people to  inspire the black community to retaliate.  

  • His first target would be a record producer who  had spurned Manson during his brief stint as a  

  • failed musician. Manson instructed Tex WatsonSusan Atkins, and Linda Kasabian to go to 10050  

  • Cielo Drive and kill everyone there. The  problem was that the house had been rented  

  • out to Sharon Tate and her husband, Roman  Polanski. The three members of the family,  

  • having given no other orders than to  kill everyone there, did exactly that.

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