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Charles Manson

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"I'm nobody. I'm a tramp, a bum, a hobo. I'm a boxcar and a jug of wine, and a straight razor if you get too close to me."
Essentially the world’s most complicated man, Manson speaks in riddles and misdirections, all designed to wrong-foot and throw you off...Maybe he’s so genuinely unhinged that there is no real person anymore; just a madman-slash-showman spewing patter like a broken radio.
Stuart Millard

Charles Manson (born 1934) was a delusional cult leader in the 1960s, with strong messianic tendencies. He believed that "Helter Skelter", by the Beatles, along with some of their other songs, was a coded order to start a racial uprising in the United States. As a result of this insanity, he led his cult, known as the "Family", on a murder spree at Roman Polanski's home (Roman was in France at the time). One of their victims was his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate. His initial death sentence was commuted to life in prison when California briefly outlawed capital punishment. He remains in prison for these crimes to this day, periodically coming up before a parole board, which quite sensibly leaves him where he is. Another of his Family members, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, is known for her failed attempt to assassinate US President Gerald Ford.

Helter Skelter is the title of prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book chronicling his pursuit of the monstrous crimes committed by Manson and his Family. (The late Bugliosi also published books about other cases he had a lead role in, why O.J. Simpson got away with murder, why Bill Clinton shouldn't have been deposed for the Paula Jones lawsuit (which opened the door to Monica Lewinsky) during his presidency, the impropriety of the Bush v. Gore decision, refuting John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories, promoting the prosecution of George W. Bush for various crimes against humanity and the U.S. Constitution, and a book supporting agnosticism with logical points attacking theists but using long debunked PRATTs to attack atheism.)

Prior to his founding the "Family", Manson was an aspiring musician and composer. A number of his musical recordings are circulating across the internet and among collectors of music and "Mansonia". Early work consists of demos he made before the Tate-LaBianca murders, others were recorded in prison on cassette tapes smuggled in and out of his cell. While he does have some talent for bottle neck blues guitar, his composed lyrics are often incoherent.

In a bizarre example of crank magnetism, Manson also has a small cult following among some U.S. neo-Nazis particularly those of the third positionist ilk.

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