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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
THE MOTIVE BEHIND THE MAN
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 FOLLOWERS OF MANSON:THE FAMILY
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
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