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Manson in 2014
|Born||Charles Milles Maddox
November 12, 1934
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Criminal charge||Murder, conspiracy|
|Criminal penalty||Death (reduced to life imprisonment due to the abolition of the death penalty in California in the early 1970's)|
|Spouse(s)||Rosalie Jean Willis (m. 1955–58)
Leona "Candy" Stevens (m. 1959–63)
|Imprisoned at||Corcoran State Prison|
|Associated acts||Phil Kaufman|
Charles Milles Manson (born Charles Milles Maddox, November 12, 1934):136–7 is an American criminal who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. Manson and his followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations over a period of five weeks in the summer of 1969. In 1971 he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of seven people – most notably of the actress Sharon Tate – all of which were carried out by members of the group at his instruction. He is currently serving nine concurrent life sentences at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California.
Manson believed in what he called "Helter Skelter", a term he took from the Beatles' song of the same name. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles' song. He believed the murders would help precipitate that war. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanity, violence and the macabre.
At the time the Family began to form, Manson was an unemployed former convict, who had spent half of his life in correctional institutions for a variety of offenses. Before the murders, he was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry, chiefly through a chance association with Dennis Wilson, drummer and founding member of the Beach Boys. After Manson was charged with the crimes of which he was later convicted, recordings of songs written and performed by him were released commercially. Various musicians have covered some of his songs.
- 1 Early life
- 2 1968–69: Manson Family crimes
- 3 1971–present: third imprisonment
- 4 Legacy
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Born to an unmarried 16-year-old named Kathleen Maddox (1918–1973), in the General Hospital, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Manson was first named "no name Maddox.":136–7 Within weeks, he was called Charles Milles Maddox.:136–7
For a period after his birth, his mother was married to a laborer named William Manson (1910–?), whose last name the boy was given. His biological father appears to have been Colonel Walker Scott (May 11, 1910 – December 30, 1954) against whom Kathleen Maddox filed a paternity suit that resulted in an agreed judgment in 1937. Possibly, Manson never knew his biological father.:136–7
Several statements in Manson's 1953 case file from the seven months he would later spend at the National Training School for Boys in Washington, D.C., allude to the possibility that "Colonel Scott" was black.:555 These include the first two sentences of his family background section, which read: "Father: unknown. He is alleged to have been a colored cook by the name of Scott, who got promiscuous with Charles's mother at the time of her pregnancy.":556 When asked about these official records by attorney Vincent Bugliosi in 1971, Manson emphatically denied that his biological father had black ancestry.:588 In addition, the 1920 and 1930 census list Colonel Scott and his father as white.
In the biography Manson in His Own Words, Colonel Scott is said to have been "a young drugstore cowboy ... a transient laborer working on a nearby dam project." It is not clear what "nearby" means. The description is in a paragraph that indicates Kathleen Maddox gave birth to Manson "while living in Cincinnati", after she had run away from her own home, in Ashland, Kentucky.
There is much about Manson's early life that is in dispute because of the varying stories he has offered to interviewers, many of which were untrue. Manson's mother was allegedly a heavy drinker.:136–7 According to Manson, she once sold her son for a pitcher of beer to a childless waitress, from whom his uncle retrieved him some days later.
When Manson's mother and her brother were sentenced to five years' imprisonment for robbing a Charleston, West Virginia, service station in 1939 by brandishing a ketchup bottle, Manson was placed in the home of an aunt and uncle in McMechen, West Virginia. Upon her 1942 parole, Manson's mother retrieved her son and lived with him in a series of run-down hotel rooms.:136–7 Manson himself later characterized her physical embrace of him on the day she returned from prison as his sole happy childhood memory. In 1947, Kathleen Maddox tried to have her son placed in a foster home but failed because no such home was available. The court placed Manson in Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute, Indiana. After 10 months, he fled from there to his mother, who rejected him.:136–7
By burglarizing a liquor store, Manson obtained money that enabled him to rent a room.:136–7 He committed a string of burglaries of other stores, including one from which he stole a bicycle, but was eventually caught in the act and sent to an Indianapolis juvenile center. He escaped after one day, but was recaptured and placed in Boys Town. Four days after his arrival there, he escaped with another boy. The pair committed two armed robberies on their way to the home of the other boy's uncle.:137–146
Caught during the second of two subsequent break-ins of grocery stores, Manson was sent, at age 13, to the Indiana Boys School, where, he would later claim, he was brutalized sexually and otherwise. After many failed attempts, he escaped with two other boys in 1951.:137–146
In Utah, the three were caught driving to California in cars they had stolen. They had robbed several filling stations along the way. For the federal crime of taking a stolen car across a state line, Manson was sent to Washington, D.C.'s National Training School for Boys. Despite four years of schooling and an I.Q. of 109 (later tested at age 21),:137–146 he was illiterate. A caseworker deemed him aggressively antisocial.:137–146
In October 1951, on a psychiatrist's recommendation, Manson was transferred to Natural Bridge Honor Camp, a minimum security institution. Manson was transferred to the Federal Reformatory, Petersburg, Virginia, where he was considered "dangerous.":137–146 In September 1952, a number of other serious disciplinary offenses resulted in his transfer to the Federal Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio, a more secure institution.:137–146 About a month after the transfer, he became almost a model resident. Good work habits and a rise in his educational level from the lower fourth to the upper seventh grade won him a May 1954 parole.:137–146
After temporarily honoring a parole condition that he live with his aunt and uncle in West Virginia, Manson moved in with his mother in that same state. In January 1955, he married a hospital waitress named Rosalie Jean Willis, with whom, by his own account, he found genuine, if short-lived, marital happiness. He supported their marriage through small-time jobs and auto theft.:137–146
Around October, about three months after he and his pregnant wife arrived in Los Angeles in a car he had stolen in Ohio, Manson was again charged with a federal crime for taking the vehicle across state lines. After a psychiatric evaluation, he was given five years' probation. His subsequent failure to appear at a Los Angeles hearing on an identical charge filed in Florida resulted in his March 1956 arrest in Indianapolis. His probation was revoked; he was sentenced to three years' imprisonment at Terminal Island, San Pedro, California.:137–146
While Manson was in prison, Rosalie gave birth to their son Charles Manson, Jr. During his first year at Terminal Island, Manson received visits from Rosalie and his mother, who were now living together in Los Angeles. In March 1957, when the visits from his wife ceased, his mother informed him Rosalie was living with another man. Less than two weeks before a scheduled parole hearing, Manson tried to escape by stealing a car. He was subsequently given five years probation, and his parole was denied.:137–146
Manson received five years' parole in September 1958, the same year in which Rosalie received a decree of divorce. By November, he was pimping a 16-year-old girl and was receiving additional support from a girl with wealthy parents. In September 1959, he pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to cash a forged U.S. Treasury check. He received a 10-year suspended sentence and probation after a young woman with an arrest record for prostitution made a "tearful plea" before the court that she and Manson were "deeply in love ... and would marry if Charlie were freed.":137–146 Before the year's end, the woman did marry Manson, possibly so testimony against him would not be required of her.:137–146
The woman's name was Leona; as a prostitute, she had used the name Candy Stevens. After Manson took her and another woman from California to New Mexico for purposes of prostitution, he was held and questioned for violation of the Mann Act. Though he was released, he evidently suspected, rightly, that the investigation had not ended. When he disappeared, in violation of his probation, a bench warrant was issued; an April 1960 indictment for violation of the Mann Act followed.:137–146 Arrested in Laredo, Texas, in June, when one of the women was arrested for prostitution, Manson was returned to Los Angeles. For violation of his probation on the check-cashing charge, he was ordered to serve his 10-year sentence.:137–146
In July 1961, after a year spent unsuccessfully appealing the revocation of his probation, Manson was transferred from the Los Angeles County Jail to the United States Penitentiary at McNeil Island. There, he took guitar lessons from Barker-Karpis gang leader Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, and obtained a contact name of someone at Universal Studios in Hollywood from another inmate, Phil Kaufman. According to Jeff Guinn's 2013 biography of Manson, Charlie's mother Kathleen moved from California to Washington state to be closer to him during his McNeil Island incarceration, working nearby as a waitress.
Although the Mann Act charge had been dropped, the attempt to cash the Treasury check was still a federal offense. His September 1961 annual review noted he had a "tremendous drive to call attention to himself", an observation echoed in September 1964.:137–146 In 1963, Leona was granted a divorce, in the pursuit of which she alleged that she and Manson had a son, Charles Luther.:137–146
In June 1966, Manson was sent, for the second time in his life, to Terminal Island, in preparation for early release. By March 21, 1967, his release day, he had spent more than half of his 32 years in prisons and other institutions. This was mainly because he had broken a number of federal laws; then as now, federal sentences are much more severe than state sentences for many of the same offenses.:137–146 Telling the authorities that prison had become his home, he requested permission to stay,:137–146 a fact touched on in a 1981 television interview with Tom Snyder.
1968–69: Manson Family crimes
Formation of the Family
Manson requested permission to move to San Francisco, which was granted upon his release from Terminal Island in March 1967. Having learned to play the guitar while in prison, he made his living mainly by panhandling.:137–146 Manson then met Mary Brunner, a library assistant at the University of California, Berkeley, and moved in with her. He later brought other women into the household, with 18 eventually living with Manson and Brunner.:163–174
In the summer of 1967 (known as the "Summer of Love"), Manson held himself out as a spiritual teacher or guru in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. His teachings were a mixture of Scientology and The Process Church of The Final Judgment, which believed that Satan and Christ would eventually reconcile and judge humanity.:163–164 It was during this period that he began attracting more followers, mostly female.:137–146 Manson taught his followers that they were reincarnations of the original Christians, while the "establishment" was the Romans. He implied heavily that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, often envisioning himself as hanging on the cross with nails in his feet and hands. It was during 1967 that he began using the name "Charles Willis Manson," which he often pronounced slowly (so that it sounded like "Charles' Will is Man's Son").:315
Later in the summer, Manson acquired an old school bus which they reworked in a hippie style, which they then drove throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, and the southwest. That November, the enlarged group would leave San Francisco. On April 15, 1968, Brunner gave birth to her and Manson's son, whom she named Valentine Michael.:513 The birth took place in a condemned house in Topanga, California, and was assisted by several other members of the group. Brunner (like most members of the group) acquired a number of aliases and nicknames, including: "Marioche", "Och", "Mother Mary", "Mary Manson", "Linda Dee Manson" and "Christine Marie Euchts".:xv
In early 1968, Manson became acquainted with Dennis Wilson, the drummer for the Beach Boys. One account is that Wilson picked up two members of the family, Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey, who were hitchhiking, and brought them to his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. Wilson would end up supporting Manson and some 24 followers for a time, spending more than $100,000 on their upkeep. Wilson and Manson would sing and talk, while the women were treated as servants.:250–253
In addition to supporting Manson and his followers in his home, Wilson also paid for studio time for Manson to record songs he had written. Wilson also introduced Manson to various acquaintances in the entertainment industry, including Gregg Jakobson, Terry Melcher and Rudi Altobelli (the last of whom owned a house he would soon rent to actress Sharon Tate and her husband, director Roman Polanski).:250–253 Jakobson was impressed by "the whole Charlie Manson package" of artist/lifestylist/philosopher, and also paid to record Manson material.:155–161, 185–188, 214–219
In August 1968, Wilson's manager evicted the Family from Wilson's home in Los Angeles. The Family then traveled to Spahn Ranch (also known as Spahn's Movie Ranch, after its owner, George Spahn).:250–253 Spahn allowed them to live on the Ranch for free, in exchange for labor and sex with some of the female members of the Family.:99–113 Charles Watson, who would later take an integral role in the Manson family murders, joined the group during this time. It was during this period that Manson encountered Beatles' recently-released White Album and became obsessed with its lyrics, believing that they were a secret message about a coming race war. Manson would later tell his followers that blacks in America would soon rise up against whites, and that the subsequent violence would provoke white retaliation. He further believed, however, that the conflict between racist and non-racist whites would lead to the elimination of whites, and that the surviving races would be ruled by the Family.
First Manson Family murders
The original plan was to spark this conflict via an album of their own. But by June 1969, Manson had begun telling the Family they might have to show blacks how to start "Helter Skelter" themselves.:244–247 On July 1, Manson shot a local drug dealer, Bernard Crowe, after he threatened those living at Spahn Ranch. Manson incorrectly believed he had killed Crowe, and expected retaliation. Later that month, the family murdered Gary Hinman after holding him hostage for two days in an attempt to extort money from him.:75–77
On March 23, 1969, Manson had gone uninvited to 10050 Cielo Drive.:228–233 He asked those present (including a friend of Tate's) for someone they didn't recognize, and was directed to the guest house. Returning that evening, Manson spoke with Rudi Altobelli, who owned the property, and whom Manson had met while living with Dennis Wilson. Manson asked after Terry Melcher, a record executive whom Manson had also met during his time with Wilson, but was told that Melcher had moved away. However, it was later discovered that Manson already knew that Melcher no longer lived there.:228–233, 369–377
On the night of August 8, 1969, Tex Watson took Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to "that house where Melcher used to live" and told them to "totally destroy everyone in [it], as gruesome as you can.":463–468 Manson had told the women to do as Watson would instruct them.:176–184, 258–269
The Family members proceeded to kill five people: movie actress and fashion model Sharon Tate, wife of film director Roman Polanski, who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time; her friend and former lover Jay Sebring, a noted hairstylist; Polanski's friend and aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski; and Frykowski's lover Abigail Folger, heiress to the Folger coffee fortune.,:28–38 as well as Steven Parent, an 18-year-old who had been visiting the caretaker of the home.:28–38, 176–184, 297–300 Parent was shot to death by Watson prior to the attackers entering the house, with the rest being stabbed to death. Tate was killed last. Atkins then wrote "pig" on the house's front door in Tate's blood. En route home, the killers changed out of bloody clothes, which were ditched in the hills along with their weapons.:84–90, 176–184
The next night, six Family members—Leslie Van Houten, Steve "Clem" Grogan, and the four from the previous night—rode out on Manson's orders. Manson accompanied the six, "to show [them] how to do it.":176–184, 258–269 Manson gave Kasabian directions that brought the group to 3301 Waverly Drive. This was the home of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, a dress shop co-owner.:22–25, 42–48 Located in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, it was next door to a house at which Manson and Family members had attended a party the previous year.:176–184, 204–210 After the group broke into their home and tied up both LaBiancas, Watson stabbed Leno to death with a chrome-plated bayonet and carved "WAR" into his chest. Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten were then ordered to kill Rosemary. Krenwinkel then wrote "Rise" and "Death to pigs" on the walls and "Healter [sic] Skelter" on the refrigerator door in Rosemary LaBianca's blood.
Criminal investigation and trial
The Tate murder victim were discovered by their housekeeper the next morning.:5–6, 11–15 While detectives of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department informed Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives assigned to the Tate case of the bloody writing at the Hinman house, this and other similarities were ignored.:28–38 The LaBiancas were discovered at about 10:30 p.m. on August 10, approximately 19 hours after the murders were committed, by Frank Struthers (the 15-year-old son of Rosemary from a previous marriage) and his sister's boyfriend, Joe Dorgan.:38
Police initially stated that they had found no connection between the Tate and LaBianca homicides.:42–48 On August 16, the sheriff's office raided Spahn Ranch and arrested Manson and 25 others, as "suspects in a major auto theft ring" that had been stealing Volkswagens and converting them into dune buggies. However, because the warrant had been misdated, the group was released a few days later.:56 Manson and other followers were arrested again in mid-October, however, after burning an earthmover belonging to Death Valley National Monument.:125–127
On December 1, 1969, acting on the information from various sources (including a roommate of Susan Atkins and a motorcycle gang Manson had spoken with about security for Spahn Ranch), the LAPD announced warrants for the arrest of Watson, Krenwinkel, and Linda Kasabian in the Tate case. The suspects' involvement in the LaBianca murders was also noted. Manson and Atkins, already in custody, were not mentioned; the connection between the LaBianca case and Van Houten, who was also among those arrested near Death Valley, had not yet been recognized.:125–127, 155–161, 176–184 Watson and Krenwinkel were already under arrest, with authorities in McKinney, Texas, and Mobile, Alabama, having picked them up on notice from LAPD.:155–161 Informed that a warrant was out for her arrest, Kasabian voluntarily surrendered to authorities in Concord, New Hampshire, on December 2.:155–161
The trial began June 15, 1970.:297–300 The prosecution's main witness was Kasabian, who, along with Manson, Atkins, and Krenwinkel, had been charged with seven counts of murder and one of conspiracy.:185–188 Kasabian was granted immunity in exchange for her testimony against the others, an opportunity given to her once it became clear that she did not participate in the killings.:214–219, 250–253, 330–332 A deal had previously been made with Atkins in which the prosecution agreed not to seek the death penalty against her in exchange for her grand jury testimony. However, Atkins later repudiated that testimony, and the deal was withdrawn.:169, 173–184, 188, 292 Because Van Houten had only participated in the LaBianca killings, she was charged with two counts of murder and one of conspiracy. Manson was originally allowed to represent himself, but this was later rescinded after various improper actions by Manson leading up to trial.:200–202, 265
On Friday, July 24, the first day of testimony, Manson appeared in court with an X carved into his forehead. He issued a statement that he was "considered inadequate and incompetent to speak or defend [him]self" – and had "X'd [him]self from [the establishment's] world.":310 Over the following weekend, the female defendants duplicated the mark on their own foreheads, as did most Family members within another day or so.:316 (Years later, Manson carved the X into a swastika.)
During the trial, some Family members attempted to intimidate witnesses for the prosecution. Paul Watkins and Juan Flynn were both threatened,:280, 332–335 and Watkins was badly burned in a suspicious fire in his van.:280 Former Family member Barbara Hoyt, who had overheard Susan Atkins describing the Tate murders to Family member Ruth Ann Moorehouse, agreed to accompany the latter to Hawaii. There, Moorehouse allegedly gave Hoyt a hamburger spiked with several doses of LSD. Found sprawled on a Honolulu curb in a stupor, Hoyt was taken to the hospital, where she did her best to identify herself as a witness in the Tate-LaBianca murder trial. Before the incident, Hoyt had been a reluctant witness; after the attempt to silence her, her reticence disappeared.:348–350, 361
On October 5, Manson was denied the court's permission to question a prosecution witness whom the defense attorneys had declined to cross-examine. Leaping over the defense table, Manson attempted to attack the judge. Wrestled to the ground by bailiffs, he was removed from the courtroom with the female defendants, who had subsequently risen and begun chanting in Latin.:369–377 Thereafter, Older allegedly began wearing a revolver under his robes.:369–377
On January 25, 1971, the jury returned guilty verdicts against the four defendants on each of the 27 separate counts against them.:411–419 Not far into the trial's penalty phase, the jurors saw the defense that Manson had, according to the prosecution, planned to present.:455 Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten testified the murders had been conceived as "copycat" versions of the Hinman murder, for which Atkins now took credit. The killings, they said, were intended to draw suspicion away from Bobby Beausoleil by resembling the crime for which he had been jailed. This plan had supposedly been the work of Kasabian, who was allegedly in love with Beausoleil.:424–433 However, Atkins was unable to explain why she had written "political piggy" at the Hinman house in the first place.:424–433, 450–457 The effort to exonerate Manson via the "copycat" scenario failed. On March 29, 1971, the jury returned verdicts of death against all four defendants on all counts.:450–457 On April 19, 1971, Judge Older sentenced the four to death.:458–459
In February 1972, the death sentences of all five parties were automatically reduced to life in prison by California v. Anderson, 493 P.2d 880, 6 Cal. 3d 628 (Cal. 1972), in which the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in that state.:488–491 After his return to prison, Manson's rhetoric and hippie speeches held little sway. Though he found temporary acceptance from the Aryan Brotherhood, his role was submissive to a sexually aggressive member of the group at San Quentin.
1971–present: third imprisonment
In the 1980s, Manson gave four notable interviews. The first, recorded at California Medical Facility and aired June 13, 1981, was by Tom Snyder for NBC's The Tomorrow Show. The second, recorded at San Quentin Prison and aired March 7, 1986, was by Charlie Rose for CBS News Nightwatch; it won the national news Emmy Award for "Best Interview" in 1987. The third, with Geraldo Rivera in 1988, was part of that journalist's prime-time special on Satanism. At least as early as the Snyder interview, Manson's forehead bore a swastika, in the spot where the X carved during his trial had been.
In 1989, Nikolas Schreck conducted an interview of Manson, cutting the interview up for material in his documentary Charles Manson Superstar. Schreck concluded that Manson was not insane, but merely acting that way out of frustration.
On September 25, 1984, while imprisoned at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville, Manson was severely burned by a fellow inmate who poured paint thinner on him and set him alight. The other prisoner, Jan Holmstrom, explained that Manson had objected to his Hare Krishna chants and had verbally threatened him. Despite suffering second- and third-degree burns on over 20 percent of his body, Manson recovered from his injuries.:497
In a 1998–99 interview in Seconds magazine, Bobby Beausoleil rejected the view that Manson ordered him to kill Gary Hinman. He stated Manson did come to Hinman's house and slash Hinman with a sword. In a 1981 interview with Oui magazine, he denied this. Beausoleil stated that when he read about the Tate murders in the newspaper, "I wasn't even sure at that point – really, I had no idea who had done it until Manson's group were actually arrested for it. It had only crossed my mind and I had a premonition, perhaps. There was some little tickle in my mind that the killings might be connected with them ..." In the Oui magazine interview, he had stated, "When [the Tate-LaBianca murders] happened, I knew who had done it. I was fairly certain."
On September 5, 2007, MSNBC aired The Mind of Manson, a complete version of a 1987 interview at California's San Quentin State Prison. The footage of the "unshackled, unapologetic, and unruly" Manson had been considered "so unbelievable" that only seven minutes of it had originally been broadcast on The Today Show, for which it had been recorded.
In a January 2008 segment of the Discovery Channel's Most Evil, Barbara Hoyt said that the impression that she had accompanied Ruth Ann Moorehouse to Hawaii just to avoid testifying at Manson's trial was erroneous. Hoyt said she had cooperated with the Family because she was "trying to keep them from killing my family." She stated that, at the time of the trial, she was "constantly being threatened: 'Your family's gonna die. [The murders] could be repeated at your house.'"
On March 15, 2008, the Associated Press reported that forensic investigators had conducted a search for human remains at Barker Ranch the previous month. Following up on longstanding rumors that the Family had killed hitchhikers and runaways who had come into its orbit during its time at Barker, the investigators identified "two likely clandestine grave sites ... and one additional site that merits further investigation." Though they recommended digging, CNN reported on March 28 that the Inyo County sheriff, who questioned the methods they employed with search dogs, had ordered additional tests before any excavation. On 9 May, after a delay caused by damage to test equipment, the sheriff announced that test results had been inconclusive and that "exploratory excavation" would begin on 20 May. In the meantime, Tex Watson had commented publicly that "no one was killed" at the desert camp during the month-and-a-half he was there, after the Tate-LaBianca murders. On 21 May, after two days of work, the sheriff brought the search to an end; four potential gravesites had been dug up and had been found to hold no human remains. In March 2009, a photograph taken of a 74-year-old Manson, showing a receding hairline, grizzled gray beard and hair and the swastika tattoo still prominent on his forehead, was released to the public by California corrections officials.
In November 2009, a Los Angeles DJ and songwriter named Matthew Roberts released correspondence and other evidence indicating he may have been biologically fathered by Manson. Roberts' biological mother claims to have been a member of the Manson Family who left in the summer of 1967 after being raped by Manson; she returned to her parents' home to complete the pregnancy, gave birth on March 22, 1968, and subsequently put Roberts up for adoption. Manson himself has stated that he "could" be the father, acknowledging the biological mother and a sexual relationship with her during 1967; this was nearly two years before the Family began its murderous phase.
In 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that Manson was caught with a cell phone in 2009, and had contacted people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia. A spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections stated that it was not known if Manson had used the phone for criminal purposes.
On November 17, 2014, it was announced that Manson was engaged to 26-year-old Afton Elaine "Star" Burton while still in prison, and had obtained a marriage license on November 7. Burton had been visiting Manson in prison for at least nine years, and maintained several websites that claimed his innocence. The wedding license expired on February 5, 2015, without a marriage ceremony taking place. It was later reported that, according to journalist Daniel Simone, the wedding was cancelled after it was discovered that Burton only wanted to marry Manson so she and a friend Craig "Gray Wolf" Hammond could use his corpse as a tourist attraction after he dies. According to Simone, Manson believes he will never die, and may just be using the possibility of marriage as a way to encourage Burton and Hammond to continue visiting him and bringing him gifts. Together with a co-author Heidi Jordan Ley and with the assistance of some of Manson's fellow prisoners, Simone has written a book about Manson and is seeking a publisher for it. Burton said on her web site that the reason the marriage did not take place is merely logistical – that Manson is suffering from an infection and has been in a prison medical facility for two months, and cannot receive visitors. She said she still hoped the marriage license will be renewed and the marriage will take place.
A footnote to the conclusion of California v. Anderson, the 1972 decision that neutralized California's death sentences, stated that, "any prisoner now under a sentence of death … may file a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the superior court inviting that court to modify its judgment to provide for the appropriate alternative punishment of life imprisonment or life imprisonment without possibility of parole specified by statute for the crime for which he was sentenced to death."
This made Manson eligible to apply for parole after seven years' incarceration.:488 Accordingly, his first parole hearing took place on November 16, 1978, at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, and his petition was rejected.:498
Manson was denied parole for the 12th time on April 11, 2012. Manson did not attend the hearing, in which prison officials argued that Manson had a "history of controlling behavior" and "mental health issues" including schizophrenia and paranoid delusional disorder and was too great a danger to be released. It was determined that Manson would not be reconsidered for parole for another 15 years, i.e. not before 2027, at which time he would be 92 years old.
On October 4, 2012, Bruce Davis, who had been convicted of the murder of Shorty Shea and the attempted robbery by Manson Family members of a Hawthorne gun shop in 1971, was recommended for parole by the California Department of Corrections' parole board at his 27th parole hearing. In 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had reversed the board's previous finding in favor of Davis, denying him parole for two more years. On March 1, 2013, and again on August 8, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown also denied parole for Davis.
Charles Manson's California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate number at Corcoran State Prison is B33920.
On March 6, 1970, the day the court vacated Manson's status as his own attorney,:258–269 LIE, an album of Manson music, was released. This included "Cease to Exist", a Manson composition the Beach Boys had recorded with modified lyrics and the title "Never Learn Not to Love". Over the next couple of months, only about 300 of the album's 2,000 copies sold.
Since that time, there have been several releases of Manson recordings – both musical and spoken. The Family Jams includes two compact discs of Manson's songs recorded by the Family in 1970, after Manson and the others had been arrested. Guitar and lead vocals are supplied by Steve Grogan;:125–127 additional vocals are supplied by Lynette Fromme, Sandra Good, Catherine Share, and others. One Mind, an album of music, poetry, and spoken word, new at the time of its release, in April 2005, was put out under a Creative Commons license.
American rock band Guns N' Roses recorded Manson's "Look at Your Game, Girl", included as an unlisted 13th track on their 1993 album "The Spaghetti Incident?":488–491 "My Monkey", which appears on Portrait of an American Family by Marilyn Manson (no relation, as is explained below), includes the lyrics "I had a little monkey / I sent him to the country and I fed him on gingerbread / Along came a choo-choo / Knocked my monkey cuckoo / And now my monkey's dead." These lyrics are from Manson's "Mechanical Man", which is heard on LIE. Crispin Glover covered "Never Say 'Never' To Always" on his album The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be released in 1989. Transgressive punk rock performance artist GG Allin covered "Garbage Dump" (from LIE) on his album You Give Love A Bad Name.
Several of Manson's songs, including "I'm Scratching Peace Symbols on Your Tombstone" (a.k.a. "First They Made Me Sleep in the Closet"), "Garbage Dump", and "I Can't Remember When", are featured in the soundtrack of the 1976 TV-movie Helter Skelter, where they are performed by Steve Railsback, who portrays Manson.
Beginning in January 1970, Manson was embraced by the underground newspapers Los Angeles Free Press and Tuesday's Child, with the latter proclaiming him "Man of the Year". In June 1970, he was the subject of a Rolling Stone cover story, "Charles Manson: The Incredible Story of the Most Dangerous Man Alive". When a Rolling Stone writer visited the Los Angeles District Attorney's office in preparing that story, he was shocked by a photograph of the bloody "Healter [sic] Skelter" that would bind Manson to popular culture.
Bernardine Dohrn, a leader of the Weather Underground reportedly said about the Tate murders: "Dig it, first they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into a victim's stomach. Wild!".
Manson has been a presence in fashion, graphics, music, and movies, as well as on television and the stage. In an afterword composed for the 1994 edition of the non-fiction book Helter Skelter, prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi quoted a BBC employee's assertion that a "neo-Manson cult" existing then in Europe was represented by, among other things, approximately 70 rock bands playing songs by Manson and "songs in support of him".:488–491
Manson has even influenced the names of musical performers such as Kasabian, Spahn Ranch, and Marilyn Manson, the last a stage name assembled from "Charles Manson" and "Marilyn Monroe". The story of the Family's activities inspired John Moran's opera The Manson Family and Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins, the latter of which has Lynette Fromme as a character. The tale has been the subject of several movies such as the 1984 film Manson Family Movies, including two television dramatizations of Helter Skelter. In the South Park episode "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson", Manson is a comical character whose inmate number is 06660, an apparent reference to 666, the Biblical " number of the beast.
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