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Charles Manson


Charles Manson - Dianne Sawyer Documentary


Charles Manson's first prison interview | 60 Minutes Australia


Top 10 Craziest Things Charles Manson Has Ever Said


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How Charles Manson Came to Lead One of the World’s Most Dangerous Cults

Charles Milles Manson was an American criminal and cult leader. In mid-1967, he formed what became known as the "Manson Family", a quasi-commune based in California. Manson's followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations in July and August 1969. According to the Los Angeles County district attorney, Manson plotted to start a race war, though he and others involved long disputed this motive. In 1971, he was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people. Although the prosecution conceded that Manson never literally ordered the murders, they contended that his ideology constituted an overt act of conspiracy. Manson was also convicted of first-degree murder for the deaths of Gary Hinman and Donald Shea.
  • Personal 

  • Founded 

  • 1968–1971: Cult formation, murders, and trial 

  • 1971–2017: Third imprisonment 

  • Illness and death 

  • Legacy