posted on Sep, 6 2007 @ 12:45 PM
Wow, hearing Ed Gein's name brought me back a few years!! He was one of the very first ' fiends ' identified and publicised widely in America. Tne
issue with Manson is not insanity. He was and is a cold , calculating and manipulative man who used ' force of personality ' to influence others.
Manson was not crazy or mentaly ill; he for sure is a total sociopath and a selfish and twisted individual, but he darn well knows right from wrong
and knew that his actions were terrible and evil. He did not care about anything except control, personal aggrandizement and money. Like most
criminals that spend a life behind bars or free and breaking the law, he was a street survivor and a bold person who overwhelmed weak personalities
and he knew how to engender loyalty.
He may be a complex man, but he is like a cobra; they will strike when they want to and they can be deadly. He must never get out of prison or I
guarantee he would try and do something even more egregious to society to establish his name forever in the annals of history as Americans ' baddest
' man. That is his only possibe legacy; he wants to be at the top of the dung pile because he knows that he will never be allowed to be judged by the
standards that normal peope use in determining greatness or character.
I have met people like Manson..no, not killers, but personality wise the same. They will dominate the attention of a small and selected group of
people, people who are natural followers and who are non assertive types. They limit the group they hang with so any others of similar personality are
not possible; only one Manson type per group. They bully and challenge and take charge; it is amazing, and disgusting, how many truly weak people are
out there just looking for marching orders and someone to tell them what to do. throw in heavy drugs and a lawless lifestyle and a compliant and weak
group membership and you have FOLLWERS of the man who will do almost anything to remian in that control setting.
There is a certain amount of safety, as strange as it sounds, in a group with a strong leader; the follower does not have to be responsible for
anything and only has to obey to belong. The leader makes all the decisions and therefore the follwer is relieved of any decision making incentives,
even those which impact their own lives. Safety in numbers; the more selective and tight the group, the more dedicated and radical the followers. They
find that they identify with the leader even when he is not present, as shown by the sway that Manson held for years over many followers. The group is
just there is support the leader, and they are of no real consequence to the core of the group who remian even as others come and go.
It is a really amazing study in psychology and the human mind but a disturbing and telling example of what can happen when people are led astray.
Manson is a punk; he could never exist one day in prison population, and he has done all his time seperate from the rest of the men. He is not
imposing to anyone except those with the need to follow at all costs to validate their lives and establish their safety zone, however shaky it really
is. No, Manson is not menatlly ill, he is evil. He is not insane, he is corrupt totally as a human being. He accepts his evil and revels in it; it is
his tag line, his identity, and it is all he has; a reputation as a bad guy, and among real bad guys he is just a talker, a bluffer, a weasel, a thief
and coward. He gets NO respect from the crime world. he deserves none from anyone else, either.