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Charles Manson Essay

  • Submitted by: AmyJoChevi1
  • on April 16, 2015
  • Category: History
  • Length: 969 words

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Charles Manson
When people think of Charles Manson they think of a psychotic man that killed many people, but that is not entirely true. He is a psychotic man, but he never actually killed a single person. He used his powerful leadership skills and ability to take advantage of people so they would do the killing he wanted done.
Charles Manson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to 16-year-old Kathleen Maddox. Kathleen had run away from home at the age of 15 and spent the next few decades drinking too much, with periods of time spent in jail.Since his mother couldn't take care of him, Charles spent his youth at the homes of various relatives and often at special reform schools and boys homes. By age nine, Charles Manson had already started stealing. At age nineteen, he was released on parole after an unusual period of good behavior. The next year, he married Rosalie Willis, a waitress, and they had a son together, Charles Manson Jr.. Even while married, Manson had continued making extra money by stealing cars. In April 1956, he was again sent to prison. After Manson had been in prison for a year, his wife found someone new and divorced Manson in June 1957. 
In 1958, Manson was released from prison, but soon after he began pimping, stealing checks from mailboxes, and conned a young woman out of money. He also married again, to a prostitute named Candy Stevens, and fathered a second son, Charles Luther Manson. Manson was again arrested on June 1, 1960 and sent to the McNeil Island Penitentiary off the coast of Washington and Candy divorced him. Manson spent the next six years in prison. It was during this time that he befriended the infamous Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, former member of Ma Barker's gang. After Karpis taught Charles Manson to play the steel guitar, Manson became obsessed with making music. He practiced all the time, wrote dozens of original songs, and started singing. He believed that when he got out of prison, he could be a famous musician. 
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