Running Header: CHARLES MANSON 1 Charles Manson Jeremy Barberio CRJ 308 Professor Eric Klein May 20 th 2016
MANSON 2 The Beatles White Album was released in November of 1968. The album included the song Helter Skelter . In less than a years’ time, Charles Manson had laid his own sinister claim to the term. A horrified public was made aware of the eight vicious murders which took place over a few days in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood. The murders were later linked to Manson, and members of his “Family”. The killings began with the murder of Gary Hinman by several family members in July of 1969. Hinman was a 34 year old music teacher who lived in Malibu California. Hinman was acquainted with Manson, as well as several Family members. The motive for his murder is thought to have been robbery (Atchison & Heide, 2010). Manson believed that Hinman had recently received an inheritance, and sent Family members to steal it (Buglisosi & Gentry, 1974). A horrifying message was left by family members on Hinman’s living room wall. “Political Piggy”, along with a crude illustration portraying an animal paw print, was scrawled in the victim’s own blood (Buglisosi & Gentry, 1974). Four members of the Manson Family went to a house belonging to film director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate, on August 9th of 1969. First the family encountered Steve Parent, a friend of the housekeeper. Watson first slashed Parent with a knife, then shot him in the head four times. As Linda Kasabian stood guard, Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel gained entrance to the home, and savagely murdered the all of those inside. Sharon Tate along with her unborn baby, Wojciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring and Abigail Folger were all horribly stabbed until dead. The Family left yet another terrifying message, Atkins wrote “Pig” on the front door of the home in Sharon Tate’s blood (C.Watson & Hoekstra, 1978).
MANSON 3 The following evening, Manson and the Family members responsible for the Tate murders were accompanied by Leslie Van Houten, and Steve Grogan to the home of the LaBiancas in Los Angeles. Manson assisted in restraining the LaBiancas, yet left the scene before the murders took place. He left instructions with Van Houten and Kernwinkel for Watson to murder the couple in the most horrible way possible (C. Watson & Hoekstra, 1978). Starting in Mid-August of 1969, police conducted raids on numerous ranches where Family members lived. Manson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten were all apprehended. Following a 7 month long trial, all four were found guilty of numerous counts of murder, receiving the death penalty. The sentences were all commuted to life sentences, as the death penalty was deemed unconstitutional in 1972. It could be said that Manson suffered from a social learning disorder. Social behavior is principally learned by observing, and then mirroring the behaviors of others. Manson was first confined at age 12. He spent much of his developing years in detention, and group homes.
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