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Charles Manson? Agreed... He's a sick old bastard with the mentality of a child and the odd charisma some people have naturally to attract followers.
I'd read a book a number of years ago by a University student doing work on serial killers where he'd pen pal'ed several of them, with Manson being one of the many. What struck me was the pure nonsensical silliness that came out of Manson for his material, compared to others we all know the names of. Most of the worst killers seem highly intelligent. Bundy types...but Manson got his noodle cooked extra cripsy somewhere along the way.
He's the living monument to the failure of California abolishing the Death Penalty for the period it had. How many years has he now been supported in comfort, full health at our expense and every consideration given for a man in his position? .....so we can be damn sure he never leaves Corcoran alive and dies in the cell he sits in. So long as nature does it..and not us..that's supposed to be different somehow. It's EXPENSIVE..but it doesn't strike me as any different morally.
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I hate to admit this but I did a project with Manson several years ago with a friend. I got to know him and Star. Her name is actually Afton. She is mentally challenged...as you can imagine.
I can tell you many things about him, her and his entire ATWA organization. It's not as entertaining as one would think. And, it blows me away that he stays in the headlines. If you met him, you'd realize he's nothing.
If anyone has questions I can probably answer them. I am going to bed but I'll check in the morning.......
I believe the only reason he became so popular is because of Vincent Bugliosi's book, Helter Skelter, which is still the number one true crime book. Very sad. If that book had never been written we wouldn't remember Manson's name.
And, they really are not getting married. That's for attention only.edit on 22-11-2013 by Jacker44 because: (no reason given)
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I do have to add this....
Manson really wasn't aware that Watson and the girls were going to murder Sharon Tate and her friends that night. He found out afterwards. He was mad, for the reason he was afraid it would come back to him since he was the father figure of the bunch. The second night, with the LaBianca's, he knew Watson would get out of control again. He just didn't care.
Manson is a very complicated soul. You cannot pin-point him with an exact personality or diagnose.
In prison he is very liked by his cell mates. He helps them out.... Even the guards like him.
It was an interesting job.