Murder cult leader, Charles Manson, has finally died at 83 years old, one week after being admitted to hospital. Charles was a man that served roughly forty-eight years in prison after his warped and sick cult ‘The Manson Family’ went on a 2-day murderous rampage in Los Angeles, which claimed the lives of seven people through the dates of August 8th and August 9th in the year of 1969.
Charles Manson ordered the killings, sending Tex Watson, who drove Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian to 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles from their Spahn Ranch. That night, the women and Watson took the lives of Roman Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, who was heavily pregnant at the time, as well as her friend and former lover Jay Sebring, aspiring screenwriter Wojchieh Fryjkowski, his lover Abigail Folger, and Steven Parent, who was shot inside his car when leaving the property.
The brutal murders shook the world and Hollywood as a whole. The killings occurred when famous film director Roman Polanski was on assignment working on a motion picture in Europe.
When Charles Manson passed away, sister of Sharon Tate, Debra Tate received a phone call from the prison telling her that Manson was now dead. Debra Tate told NBC Los Angeles reporter Robert Kovacik, ‘This could be the end of an era or just the beginning.”
She also told People magazine, “I said a prayer for his soul”.
Charles Manson was pronounced dead at 20:13pm on Sunday at the Kern County Hospital; he had passed away from natural causes after being hospitalised for a week. Doctors were quoted that “it was only a matter of time” before his worsening condition would take his life.
The Los Angeles District Attorney, Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Manson back in the late sixties said: “Manson was an evil, sophisticated con-man with twisted and warped moral values.”
Bugliosi added, “Manson’s victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death.”
The following night, after the killings of the five people in Sharon Tate’s house, the Manson Family additionally butchered Leno and Rosemary LaBianca inside their upscale Los Angeles home, with the murders being carried out by Leslie Van Houten and Steve “Clem” Grogan, along with the other four. Manson had hoped to blame the killing spree on African-Americans in an evil plot that Charles Manson dubbed ‘Helter Skelter’. He expected that the killings would spark a race war against black people, since he believed he and the Manson Family would get away scot-free, and that the Police would only go on circumstantial evidence.
However, hand prints at the Sharon Tate home, and the words “Helter Skelter” written in blood, led Police to the right culprits very rapidly.
That’s how warped and sick the man was. While Manson was not actually present during the killings, he ordered them, convincing his followers that he was some sort of “messiah” in a commune rife with psychedelic drugs, sex, coercion and manipulation.
Curiously, Charles Manson was a musician and he was upset about not getting a record deal with music producer, Terry Melcher, who incidentally rented the home where the five murders took place on August 8th in 1969, which may have been seen as an additional motive for Manson, who seemingly knew that Sharon Tate was now staying there.
Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten were all convicted of murder and sentenced to death, however, not long after their sentence, the state of California banished the death penalty.
Charles Manson garnered more than 100 infractions during his imprisonment in various jails and correctional facilities across the United States, including attacking prison guards, making voodoo dolls of people, and being caught with marijuana and LSD in his jail cell in 1989.
Charles Manson had recently been kept in Corcoran Prison, but had also served time in San Quentin State Prison, California Medical Facility, Folsom State Prison and Pelican Bay State Prison.
The psychopathic cult killer was most recently in the news after nearly marrying Afton ‘Star’ Burton. She hoped that she would keep his body after his death so that she could preserve it, and have people come to view it. Sort of like a museum, given his pop culture status as the one of the most famous deranged and dangerous killer cult leaders in the world’s history.
Let’s just say that we’re glad that he’s dead, but we’re disappointed that California banished the death penalty at the time, as this was a man that deserved the harshest slow killing ever, along with the rest of his Manson family, some of whom still remain alive in prisons across America to this very day.
Today, people should be remembering the lives of their victims, and not the disillusioned psychopaths who conducted these barbaric killings of innocent people on Charles Manson’s behalf. Let’s just hope and pray that his soul will burn in hell for eternity.
Brainstain, over and out!
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