25 Photographs of the Murderous Manson Family That Shocked the Nation

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Charles Manson, born Charles Milles Maddox, is a former cult leader which became known as the Manson Family in the late 1960s.

Manson established himself as a form of guru in San Fransisco’s Haight-Ashbury, at the high of the hippie movement in 1967. Soon, he had developed a group of followers, mostly female. He taught his devotees that they were the reincarnation of the original Christians, implying that he was the Christ. He started using the alias, Charles Willis Manson, and would say his name slowly “Charles Will Is Man’s Son.”

Manson’s Family committed a series of nine murders, most notably the murder of the 8 month pregnant, Sharon Tate. On August 9, 1969, Manson directed Tex Watson to take Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krewinkel and go to 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles and kill everybody. The owner of the house was music producer, Terry Melcher. Melcher had previously backtracked on an agreement to record a record for Manson. One theory is that these murders were a misplaced act of revenge on Terry Melcher.

At the time, Melcher had rented his home to Roman Polanski and his wife Tate. The Family gruesomely murdered Tate, the property’s caretaker Steven Parent, a famous hairstylist Jay Sebring, a screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski, and the heiress to the Folger coffee fortune, Abigail Folger.

A second theory is Manson believed these murders would be a catalyst to the impending apocalyptic race war, Helter Skelter. Manson took this name from the Beatles song, off the White Album. He believed the Beatles were speaking prophetically, through the White Album, to him directly.

A third theory regarding the murders is that it was in response to a Family member Bobby Beausoleil getting arrested for the torture and murder of Gary Hinman. The murders were allegedly committed to convince police that the killer(s) of Gary Hinman were in fact still at large.

Charles Manson with a raven. Pinterest
1) “His (Manson) so-called ’‘power”,only lies in his happiness. That’s what attracts people,because he’s completely happy.He’s gentle, he dances, he sings,he looks beautiful,he looks happy and this draws a lot of people just like people are drawn to little babies.“ — Sandra Good. Manson4war
The Manson Family. leslievanhouten
The Family, along with Manson, are thought to have carried out at least 35 murders. topsecretwriters
Lynn (Sqeaky) Fromm, far left, standing in a dumpster, leads a garbage run on a supermarket. Helping her select food are, from left, Sandra Good, Mary Brunner and Ruth Ann Morehouse. Manson “family” members claim they get good fruit and vegetables on their “daily garbage run” behind Simi Valley supermarkets. Unidentified store
Manson girls sewing his vest. lsb3
Manson Family member Tex Watson at the ranch. Real Crime Daily
The notorious Charles Manson. Pinterest
The Manson Faily retreat at Spahn Ranch. Real Crime
1) The three female members of Charles Manson’s family through the window of the sheriff’s van as they arrive at the courthouse to continue the murder trial in the Sharon Tate-Leno LaBianca case. Patricia Krenwinkle (left) makes a face as Leslie Van Houten and Susan Atkins (right) smile. The-line-up
Bruce Davis (convicted murderer) sitting in a courtroom along with other Manson family members in the background. Murderpedia
Charles Manson, left, grins happily as he is led to court to be indicted for the murder of movie stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. Family member, Bruce Davis, 27, right, was arraigned on same charge. Steve Grogan, 19, is being brought to Los Angeles from Inyo County Jail at Independence, CA where he is waiting trial on illegal possession a a sawed-off shotgun. Murderpedia
Charles Manson in custody. Mercury News