Charles Manson

Name: Charles Milles Manson
Date of birth: 11/11/1934
Date of death: 11/19/2017
Cause of death: natural causes
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
AKA: The Wizard, Jesus Christ, The Devil
Prisoner ID: B33920
Children: Charles Milles Manson Jr, Charles Luther Manson, Valentine Michael Manson
Official Website: maintained by Afton ‘Star’ Burton and Redwolf
Whereabouts: Corcoran State Prison California
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Charles Milles Manson led a commune what became known as the Manson Family, 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 Family at his instruction. He is currently serving nine concurrent life sentences at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California. Manson died Sunday night at 8:13 p.m. local time at Kern County Hospital, California. He was 83. The cause of death was listed as natural causes.

Donald Shorty Shea Murder

Somewhere between August 26 and 28, Charles Manson, Tex Watson, Steve Grogan, Bill Vance, Larry Bailey, and Bruce Davis asked Shea to come with them to get some auto parts. Shea was in the drivers seat, Grogan sat behind Shea, Watson sat next to Shea in the passenger seat and Davis sat behind Watson. Manson, Vance and Bailey followed them in another car. After Watson gave a sign, Grogan hit Shea over the head with a pipe wrench and Watson stabbed Shea several times. Shea managed to get out of the car. He then was surrounded by the gang and they brutally stabbed him to death. Grogan later said that Shea was so strong it took all of them to kill him.

According to Bruce Davis and Steve Grogan, both Bill Vance and Larry Bailey were participants in Shea’s murder. However Vance and Bailey were never prosecuted for Shea’s death.

The Hinman Murder

Atkins was present during the murder of Gary Hinman. On July 25, 1969, Robert Beausoleil, Susan Atkins, and Mary Brunner paid Gary Hinman a visit. According to Beausoleil’s jailhouse interview for Oui Magazine, 1981, they went to Hinman because Hinman had sold Beausoleil 1000 tabs of bad mescaline. Beausoleil wanted his money back.

Gary told Beausoleil that he didn’t have the money. Gary was held captive for 3 days. Beausoleil, Atkins and Brunner took turns sleeping. According to Danny Decarlo Beausoleil had knocked Gary around for 3 or 4 hours. Later on Manson and Bruce Davis stopped by. Manson had a sword on him and struck Gary in the head, slicing of a piece of his ear. Atkins and Brunner tried to stitch up Gary’s face with a needle and dental floss.

The ordeal finally ended when Beausoleil stabbed Gary twice in the chest. Gary didn’t die immediately and made loud gurgling sounds so Atkins and Brunner took turns smothering Gary with a pillow.

After Gary died Beausoleil wrote the words “Political Piggy” and drew a paw print on the wall in Gary’s blood, in an attempt to make authorities think the Black Panthers committed the murder.

Before the trio left they covered Gary’s body with a blanket, took his bagpipes and two pink slips for his cars and took the cars to Spahn Ranch.

When the cops later examined the crime scene they found blood in the living-room, on the hall floor between the living-room, bath and kitchen, and on the walls, floor, and ceiling of the kitchen.

The Tate Murders

On the night of August 8, 1969, Manson told Tex Watson to take some of the girls and to go to “that house where Melcher used to live” and to “totally destroy everyone inside, as gruesome as you can” and Manson told Watson to “leave a sign, something witchy”. Tex Watson took Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to Cielo Drive.

When they arrived at the entrance of the Cielo Drive property, Watson climbed a telephone pole near the gate and cut the phone line to prevent telephone access from the house. At this point it was after midnight, August 9, 1969.
Telephone Pole Near The Gate

Just then, headlights approached. Watson ordered the women to lie in the bushes. He then stepped out and ordered the approaching driver to halt. Eighteen-year-old student Steven Parent had been visiting the property’s caretaker, William Garretson, who lived in the property’s guest house. Watson first lunged at Parent with a knife, giving him a defensive slash wound on the palm of his hand, then shot him four times in the chest and abdomen.
Steven Parents Car

The group then proceeded to the main house. Watson told Kasabian to keep watch down by the gate. Watson cut the screen of a window and entered through the window, and let Atkins and Krenwinkel in through the front door.

They found Frykowski sleeping on the living room couch. Watson kicked him in the head. When Frykowski asked him who he was and what he was doing there, Watson replied: “I’m the devil, and I’m here to do the devil’s business.”

Atkins and Krenwinkel searched the house and found Tate, Sebring and Folger and forced them to the living room. Watson began to tie Tate and Sebring together by their necks with rope and slung the rope up over one of the living room’s ceiling beams. Sebring’s protested to the rough treatment of the pregnant Tate. Watson then shot Sebring and stabbed him seven times.

Frykowski’s hands had been bound with a towel. Freeing himself, Frykowski began struggling with Atkins, who stabbed at his legs with the knife with which she had been guarding him. As he fought his way toward and out the front door, onto the porch, Watson caught up with Frykowski and struck him over the head with the gun multiple times, stabbed him repeatedly, and shot him twice.

Around this time, Kasabian was drawn up from the driveway by “horrifying sounds”. In an effort to stop the massacre, she falsely told Atkins that someone was coming.

Meanwhile, Folger had escaped from Krenwinkel and fled out a bedroom door to the pool area. Krenwinkel ran after Folger, caught her, stabbed her, and tackled her to the ground. Watson joined Krenwinkel and they stabbed Folger 28 times. In the meantime Frykowski struggled across the lawn. Watson went over to Frykowski and then stabbed him to death. Frykowski was stabbed a total of 51 times.

In the house, Tate pleaded to be allowed to live long enough to have her baby, and even offered herself as a hostage in an attempt to save the life of her unborn child. Susan Atkins told Tate as she begged, “Look, bitch, I don’t care about you. I don’t care if you are having a baby. You are going to die and I don’t feel a thing about it.” At this point either Atkins, Watson, or both killed Tate (testimonies vary). Tate was stabbed 16 times. Watson later wrote that as Tate was being killed, she cried for her mother.

Using the towel that had bound Frykowski’s hands, Atkins wrote “pig” on the house’s front door in Tate’s blood.

LaBianca Murders

In the early morning hours of August 10, 1969, Manson and Watson entered the LaBianca house. They awoke Leno LaBianca at gunpoint and tied his hands. Leno was then asked if there was anyone else in the house. He told them that his wife was in the bedroom. Manson went to the bedroom and awoke Rosemary. Manson and Watson reassured the couple that they wouldn’t be hurt, and were just being robbed. After collecting all the cash in the house, Manson ordered Watson to take Rosemary back to her bedroom where Watson placed a pillowcase over her head, wound a lamp cord around her head, and gagged her. He told her to stay quiet and remain in the room. Watson returned to the living room and Manson then left the house. Manson then send Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel to the residence.

Watson began stabbing Leno repeatedly, only stopping briefly when Leno started screaming. Rosemary, hearing her husband screams, began screaming and flailing around the room. Krenwinkel and Van Houten called Watson for help. Watson left the badly bleeding Leno in the living room, and entered the bedroom to find Rosemary swinging the lamp still attached to the cord used to gag her. Watson, Krenwinkel and Van Houten sthen stabbed Rosemary to death. Rosemary was stabbed 41 times.

Leno was still alive when Watson came back to the living room and the stabbing resumed. After Watson finished stabbing Leno, one of the family members carved the word “WAR” into Leno’s stomach. Krenwinkel then stabbed him a number of times and left a carving fork protruding from his stomach, and a steak knife from his throat. The girls then wrote messages in Leno’s blood. “Death to pigs” and “Rise” were written on the living room wall, and “Healter Skelter” (they mispronounced Helter Skelter) was written on the refrigerator door.

After the murders, the Family members remained at the house. Some ate food from the LaBianca’s refrigerator, played with the couple’s dogs and showered before hitchhiking back to Spahn Ranch.

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3 thoughts on “Charles Manson

  1. Today they whispered then they said,
    call the warden…Charlie here has died.
    ABC got the news right away then Al Jazeera and the Daily Mail put the news on their page.
    This news is somewhat weird and somehow strange:
    after all these years… what can we all say?
    “It would appear,” a fellow from Britain I was talking with, a while ago, at a coffee shop, offered, “that the old boy has left us. It’s a pity what has happened to him in his years.”
    “Well yeah,” I said, “It’s an old and new American story you know, it was all so real.”
    And this Englishman said, “quite right and very peculiar.”
    Well yeah, I said, but you know it’s really kind of sad.
    All those years, all of those people old Charlie knew and how they were all affected in different ways.
    There was nice guy Paul Watkins and our girl Susan Atkins leaving us some years before.
    “I say, chap, who are they?” The fellow asked me.
    I gave a quick rundown.
    He said, ah and, “Well, I gather that in death, even they have a road now, don’t they?”
    I felt funny, then I remembered the songs- ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Morning Has Broken.’
    I began to cry, so I walked quickly to the napkins by the coffee machines.
    I couldn’t help myself and I said, aloud, but in more of a whisper:
    yes there is a sunlit field to cross over and I saw a beautiful Lady holding the hand of her little Son and there were others, smiling and walking across that happy field.
    And I thought of a beautiful flower that always grows in the holy land called Sharon.
    We’re all sorry for the ones that were victims and their families
    We all hope the families find some forgiveness and some peace
    And I thought of Paul and Susan and Charlie.
    And I thought,
    there is that sun shined field even for wretches like them
    And even for a wretch like me

  2. The County where a person, in this case an inmate, has ‘gone home’ from, well, does provide for a burial.
    That could be and usually is, in a prison cemetery.
    And what’s wrong with that?
    That’s if no one claimed the inmate.
    So what’d they claim him for?

    Dear Brother Charlie,
    We’d like to say farewell to ya
    some people some of us have talked with you know ’bout the old ranchin’ fun days
    why yes in weird but sunny hazy crazy California Chatsworth bein’ a turn away
    they said you mean that’s what some a what Charlie talked about
    maybe you all could do some reading about people and things
    they said why then old Charlie well we hardly knew of ya
    I said aha but wait there’s more and they said… more…do tell coffee drinker
    I said take the damn headphones off and listen
    some of ‘Charlies people’ promised and said were gonna give Charlie a resting place
    why that would be nice
    don’t you think friends
    let us Pray in Grace
    but then we looked and Charlie was nowhere
    no nowhere where people could go and say
    hello Charlie and too farewell son of one a the Virginias
    and son of America
    so then I asked and said
    what did we need you to take brother Charlie some miles yonder
    and…is that it…bye so long…we’re outta here
    come on man what kinda thing is this
    why don’t you let Charlie be where he wanted to you all knew it
    that’s yonder that away in the big old desert
    but no you couldn’t give what every human is entitled to
    that would be a proper burial or what he told him her and you what he wanted
    if you can read and listen to what the old boy said when he was in prison
    you ran to be by some creek or river what the heck
    I mean it’s like someone never existed
    or is the answer there that…
    the answer friends is left blowin’ in the wind…

  3. Fayez, you have ruined the comment section of this entire blog with your crap. Every link has some incoherent rambling from you in the comments.

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