Charles Manson. He and his cult, "The Family," together killed

seven people, bloodied and butchered. The people who he and others killed,

the Tate and LaBianca families, were wealthy and well-off. What could have

made them do such a thing without pity or remorse? Read on........



MANSON: The Man Himself


In 1954, Manson set up a commune-based cult, drawing in hippies,

drifters. and the unemployed at the Spahn Ranch, near Los Angeles. Manson

had lovely ideas and his followers or "Family" regarded him as a

Christ-like figure. They indulged in free love practices, pseudo religious

ceremonies, and used drugs such as marijuana and LSD.


The Black Panthers were a major black movement in the 1960\'s. After

killing a leader of this movement in self defence, Manson grew scared on

the promise of revenge from the Black Panthers. Scared, Manson ordered his

followers to practice guerrilla tactics and they did so, without question.


Manson sad he taught love because in love there is no hatred, but John

Flynn, a man who testified at his trial, testified to some very

incriminating admissions by Manson. Barbara Holt, a "Family" member, fled

the group before a raid. She later showed up as a prosecution witness, a

potential danger to Manson, so faithful members of the "Family" tried to

kill her with a hamburger laced with LSD. Before her testimony, another

"Family" member, Gary Hinman, who had also fled he group, was killed

because he had betrayed the "Family." As you can see, the punishment for

crossing the "Family" was severe.


Manson makes claims to thirty-five murders. Although he was convicted

for others, there was not enough evidence to bring him to trial for the

thirty five.





The driving force behind Manson\'s killing was hard to prove and hard

to believe. Manson had a plan in his head. When the Beatles first

released "The White Album," it was a hit. Manson listened to it often. He

had a great devotion to the Beatles, who he believed spoke to him across

the oceans in their lyrics and songs. Manson saw the 4 Beatles as the 4

Angels that announced the ending of the world in the bible. (Armageddon)


On "The White Album" there are two song titles containing the

word revolution. These are "Revolution 1" and "Revolution 9." Manson

thought the Beatles were talking about a black/white revolution. The word

rise can be found in "Revolution 9" and could be depicted as a prediction

of a Black uprising. One song in particular, "Helter Skelter" seemed

unexceptional to the normal ear, but was given a weird interpretation by

Manson. Man saw the Blacks as stupid and felt he had to show "Blackie" the

way. His plan to kill seven wealthy white people and to blame it on the

blacks would start his plan of a black/white revolution which he called

"Helter Skelter." He attempted to frame the black people by writing "Death

to Pigs" in the victim\'s own blood and carving the word "war" in the

stomach of his victims. Manson denied allegations that this was the motive

behind the murders but many of Manson\'s followers said that Manson often

spoke of this revolution, "Helter Skelter."


Another controversial song on the album was "Sexy Sadie." It was

believed by Manson that the song foretold his murder trial when Susan

Atkins made a crucial mistake on the witness stand. She made the "Family"

appear to be murderers of the seven butchered victims while Manson felt he

was convincing the jury of their innocence. Manson believed he foresaw this

even before the trial.




The killers of the Tate and LaBianca families now serve life in

prison. Four people, all part of the "Family" were convicted of these

murders: Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia

Krenwinkle. It is interesting to see that most of the killers are women.

Another woman, Linda Kasabian, who drove the killers to the murder scene,

turned state\'s evidence, and literally, got away with murder. Charles

Watson was another member of Manson\'s group and was a Texan citizen, so he

was tried under Texan Law. The others were tried in Los Angeles. He was

also given life imprisonment. The trial, which lasted nine and one half

months, cost Los Angeles one million dollars.


Many people have wondered how these so called "normal" people could

commit such morbid crimes and show no signs of regret or remorse. Its is

suggested that Manson used threats, guilt, and partial fear to seduce these

people into doing what he wanted. Manson\'s followers were devoted to him,

doing whatever he wanted. They so much believed in him that they