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Wikipedia Summary for Charles Manson

Charles (Charlie) Milles Manson (né Maddox; November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017) was an American criminal who led the Manson Family, a cult based in California, in the late 1960s. Some of the members committed a series of nine murders at four locations in July and August 1969. In 1971, Manson was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people, including the film actress Sharon Tate. The prosecution contended that, while Manson never directly ordered the murders, his ideology constituted an overt act of conspiracy.

Before the murders, Manson had spent more than half of his life in correctional institutions. While gathering his cult following, Manson was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry, chiefly through a chance association with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, who introduced Manson to record producer Terry Melcher. In 1968, the Beach Boys recorded Manson's song "Cease to Exist", renamed "Never Learn Not to Love" as a single B-side, but without a credit to Manson. Afterward, Manson attempted to secure a record contract through Melcher, but was unsuccessful.

Manson would often talk about the Beatles, including their 1968 self-titled album. According to Los Angeles County District Attorney, Vincent Bugliosi, Manson felt guided by his interpretation of the Beatles' lyrics and adopted the term "Helter Skelter" to describe an impending apocalyptic race war. During his trial, Bugliosi argued that Manson had intended to start a race war, although Manson and others disputed this. Contemporary interviews and trial witness testimony insisted that the Tate–LaBianca murders were copycat crimes intended to exonerate Manson's friend Bobby Beausoleil. Manson himself denied having instructed anyone to murder anyone.

Manson's notoriety as an emblem of insanity, violence, and the macabre influenced pop culture. Recordings of songs written and performed by Manson were released commercially, starting with Lie: The Love and Terror Cult (1970). Since his incarceration, various musicians have covered some of his songs. Although originally sentenced to death in 1971, his sentence was commuted to life with the possibility of parole after the California Supreme Court invalidated the state's death penalty statute in 1972. He served his life sentence at the California State Prison, Corcoran and died at age 83 in late 2017.

Quote: No sense makes sense. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

No sense makes sense.


Quote: Total paranoia is just total awareness. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Total paranoia is just total awareness.


Quote: Animals shouldn't be hunted and nature shouldn't be disturbed, even destroyed, to benefit the whims of mankind. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Animals shouldn't be hunted and nature shouldn't be disturbed, even destroyed, to benefit the whims of mankind.


Quote: You people would convict a grilled cheese sandwich of murder and the people wouldn't question it. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

You people would convict a grilled cheese sandwich of murder and the people wouldn't question it.


Quote: Fear of vikings build castles. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Fear of vikings build castles.


Quote: Prison is a frame of thought, we're all our own prisons, were each our own wardens and we do our own time. See prison is in your mind, can't you see I'm free? by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Prison is a frame of thought, we're all our own prisons, were each our own wardens and we do our own time. See prison is in your mind, can't you see I'm free?


Quote: Prison is a frame of thought, we're all our own prisons, were each our own wardens and we do our own time. See prison in your mind, can't you see I'm free? by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Prison is a frame of thought, we're all our own prisons, were each our own wardens and we do our own time. See prison in your mind, can't you see I'm free?


Quote: I know this: that in your own hearts and your own souls, you are as much responsible for the Vietnam War as I am for killing these people. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I know this: that in your own hearts and your own souls, you are as much responsible for the Vietnam War as I am for killing these people.


Quote: We're not in Wonderland anymore, Alice. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

We're not in Wonderland anymore, Alice.


Quote: Look down on me and you see a fool, look up at me and you see a god. Look straight at me and you see yourself. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Look down on me and you see a fool, look up at me and you see a god. Look straight at me and you see yourself.


Quote: Paranoia is just a kind of awareness, and awareness is just another form of love. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Paranoia is just a kind of awareness, and awareness is just another form of love.


Quote: I never thought I was normal, never tried to be normal. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I never thought I was normal, never tried to be normal.


Quote: I never had long hair before I got busted. I never had a beard before I got busted. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I never had long hair before I got busted. I never had a beard before I got busted.


Quote: I loved my mother, she's a good girl. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I loved my mother, she's a good girl.


Quote: I have X'd myself from your world. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I have X'd myself from your world.


Quote: I punched my mother out once. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I punched my mother out once.


Quote: I can't judge any of you. I have no malice against you and no ribbons for you. But I think that it is high time that you all start looking at yourselves, and judging the lie that you live in. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I can't judge any of you. I have no malice against you and no ribbons for you. But I think that it is high time that you all start looking at yourselves, and judging the lie that you live in.


Quote: I can't dislike you, but I will say this to you: you haven't got long before you are all going to kill yourselves, because you are all crazy. And you can project it back at me, but I am only what lives inside each and every one of you. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I can't dislike you, but I will say this to you: you haven't got long before you are all going to kill yourselves, because you are all crazy. And you can project it back at me, but I am only what lives inside each and every one of you.


Quote: I ain't got no magical powers and mystical trips and all that kind of crap. It's kind of silly. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I ain't got no magical powers and mystical trips and all that kind of crap. It's kind of silly.


Quote: I have killed no one and I have ordered no one to be killed. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I have killed no one and I have ordered no one to be killed.


Quote: I was a beatnik in the '50s before the hippies came along. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I was a beatnik in the '50s before the hippies came along.


Quote: I will have you removed if you don't stop. I have a little system of my own. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I will have you removed if you don't stop. I have a little system of my own.


Quote: I'm not of this generation. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I'm not of this generation.


Quote: I'm probably one of the most dangerous men in the world if I want to be. But I never wanted to be anything but me. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I'm probably one of the most dangerous men in the world if I want to be. But I never wanted to be anything but me.


Quote: If you're going to do something, do it well. And leave something witchy. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

If you're going to do something, do it well. And leave something witchy.


Quote: Just because you're convicted in a court room doesn't mean you're guilty of something. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Just because you're convicted in a court room doesn't mean you're guilty of something.


Quote: How old am I? I'm as old as my mother told me. How's that? by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

How old am I? I'm as old as my mother told me. How's that?


Quote: We're not in Wonderland anymore Alice. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

We're not in Wonderland anymore Alice.


Quote: I'm not very wise to many things. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

I'm not very wise to many things.


Quote: My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system... I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system... I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you.


Quote: You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy.


Quote: You are going to use this courtroom to kill me? I am going to fight for my life one way or another. You should let me do it with words. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

You are going to use this courtroom to kill me? I am going to fight for my life one way or another. You should let me do it with words.


Quote: These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them. I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them. I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up.


Quote: So for you people who are filled with fear that I might someday be released: breathe easy, I don't see it happening. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

So for you people who are filled with fear that I might someday be released: breathe easy, I don't see it happening.


Quote: Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me. Doesn't that give me equal right? by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me. Doesn't that give me equal right?


Quote: Pain's not bad, it's good. It teaches you things. I understand that. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Pain's not bad, it's good. It teaches you things. I understand that.


Quote: The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies.


Quote: My life is not important here. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

My life is not important here.


Quote: Getting up every day and going through this again and again is hard. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Getting up every day and going through this again and again is hard.


Quote: Living is what scares me. Dying is easy. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

Living is what scares me. Dying is easy.


Quote: From the world of darkness I did loose demons and devils in the power of scorpions to torment. by author Charles Manson overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Manson with quote

From the world of darkness I did loose demons and devils in the power of scorpions to torment.


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