Rosemary was found later in the bedroom with a pillowcase on her head and strangled with a lamp cord, stabbed 41 times. The words "rise" and "death to pigs" were painted in blood on the walls, and the misspelled words, “Healther Skelter” were on the front of the refrigerator in blood. Again, the message from Manson trying to throw society into chaos, because in his twisted mind he was wronged. (Wilkens, n.d.) Writing about Manson, can’t be done without mentioning the “Beatles”, and their 1968 White Album. Manson used the White Album as a sort of Bible for him and his family to follow. Manson literally took the lyrics to several songs, most notably Helter Skelter, and built his entire world around them. In a 2017 Rolling Stone article, it mentions that Manson was listening to the words from the White Album, and using them, but in fact the Beatles were talking directly to Manson about starting a race war. (Grow, 2017) Here is another way Manson dealt with his interpretation of society, and how society had unjustly treated him. In true classic Strain and Social Learning theory Manson desired to be a famous rock star, after countless rejections, continued failed attempts, and trying to use influential musicians to open doors for him, like the
MANSON SOCIETIES MONSTER 7 Beach Boys Brian Wilson, he still failed. As a last-ditch effort Manson turned on the one thing he loved the most, music, and blamed one of the most ground-breaking groups the Beatles, and their iconic White Album as a scape goat. (Altman, 2015, p. 1) Conclusion In conclusion, Manson summed it up clearly, “My Father is the jailhouse. My Father is your system…I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you.” (Manson, 2017, p. 1) It is evident the Strain Theory, and Social Learning Theory could have easily been written in 1969, based on the actions of Manson, Manson is literally a walking case study on modern criminology, psychology, and sociology. It would be very easy to blame society for Manson, for contributing to the factors from a theoretic level created him. His Mother, his upbringing, his failed attempts to follow the norms set by modern-day society all contributed. Unfortunately, Charles Manson is an icon. An icon which represents the darkest, most disturbing corners of the human psyche. Society might have contributed in a small degree to what Manson was subjected to early on, but adding to that mix is Charles Manson, a thief, a rapist, an abuser of women, a psychopathic drug user, a murderer, and most of all a monster designed by society and raised by himself, to destroy and steal lives of innocents. Figure 1. Charles Manson leaping with a pen at trial Judge (Robles, 1970, 1)
MANSON SOCIETIES MONSTER 8 References 1934. (2017). Retrieved from Agnew, R., & Scheuerman, H. (2015). Strain Theories. In Strain Theories ().
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