Charles Manson

.. ars old. Those first few months in prison, Charles had a positive outlook on life, with thoughts of leading a straight, crime-free life when he was paroled. Before the baby-little Charlie-was a year old, Charles’ wife stopped visiting. He heard from his mother that his wife had left the state with her new boyfriend, a trucked.

Devastated, he wrote her several letters begging her to return, but to no ovail. In his autobiography, Charles Manson states, “when I gave up on her, my attitude of wanting to be Mr. Straight left me. I went back to being bitter and hating everyone”. Shuffled from home to home as a child, knowing his prostitute mother never wanted him, being in and out of juvenile homes and adult jails, Charles Manson was becoming the Charles Manson we’ve all heard about and feared. He was released from Terminal Island and served several years.

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Paroled in nineteen sixty-seven at age thirty-two, he asked if he could stay. “You know what, man, I don’t wanna leave! I don’t have a home out there! Why don’t you just take me back inside? I’m serious man! I mean it! I don’t wanna leave”. He did, however, leave Terminal Island that day. It was March twenty-first, nineteen sixty-seven, and the last time he’d pass through those doors. Charles Manson headed to San Francisco.

Once there, he liked to hang out at the University of California-Berkeley campus and play his guitar. One day, while doing so, he was sitting on the grass when a dog started sniffing his feet. He raised his foot as if to kick it, and it’s owner appeared. Her name was Mary Theresa Brunner, and she would become the first member of his “Family”. She was tall and thin, a straight-laced redhead.

Charles convinced her to let him stay with her, but there was to be no sex involved. Eventually, however, the situation changed. Charles somewhat changed Mary’s personality. She let her guard down and became more open-minded. She quit her job as the University of California-Berkeley librarian and she and Charles stole a car and traveled.

They slept at waysides and such and they’d go to beaches where occasionally they would find a homeless girl. The girl would then join the group. Thus began the Manson family. The family soon grew to more than thirty people. They moved into Spahn’s Movie Ranch, just outside of Chatsworth California. Few of the Family members actually held jobs, so they had to scrounge for food in the dumpsters at local supermarkets.

Their only other needs or desires were sex and drugs, both of which were readily available in the nineteen sixties. Charles Manson and the Family lived at the ranch until the arrests and convictions of those hideous crimes in August of nineteen sixty-nine. Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to 10050 Cielo Drive in Bel Air. They were met with a crime scene so horrible and bloody that it might well have come from a Hollywood movie. There were five victims, all viciously slain. They were Abigail Folger, Voytek Frykowski, Jay Sebring, Steven Parent, and Sharon Tate-Polanski.

On the door to the home where they lost their lives, a word was written on the door: PIG. It was later established to be written in the blood of Sharon Tate. The Family members physically involved in the killings were Charles “Tex” Watson, Patricia “Katie” Krenwinkle, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Hueten, and Linda Kasabian. As the five about-to-be killers started to walk up the driveway, they saw headlights. A car appeared and the killers crouched down in the shrubbery.

When the car stopped, Tex Wattson approached the driver, Steven Parent. Watson pulled out his twenty-two caliber Buntline revolver and shot Parent. They then pushed the car back off the driveway. Assured that the shots fired hadn’t alerted neighbors or authorities, they entered the house. A man, Voytek Frykowski, had fallen asleep with the lights on.

Shouting “wake up”, Tex Watson approached him and shot. Susan Atkins, meanwhile, had been exploring the rest of the home. Tex ordered her to bring the rest of the occupants of the house to the living room. Folger, Sebring, And Tate herded into the room. Tex ordered Susan Atkins to tie a rope around the prisoners’ necks, and the Sebring lunged at Watson, Tex stabbed her and she fell to the floor.

Susan was adding more bonds to Frykowski when she was ordered by Tex, “kill him” she stabbed away, while he struggled. Somehow he escaped and Watson chased him into the yard, delivering the fatal thrusts. Reentering the house, he hit Folger on the head with his revolver. Dead she fell to the floor. Sharon Tate was still frozen with fear and stupefaction. Remembering her, Tex Watson and Susan Atkins ignored her pleas for her unborn child’s life and stabbed her to death. The killers then scribbled messages such as “HELTER SKELTER” and “PIG” everywhere, using their victims blood.

The next night, the grisly horror was repeated at the home of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca. Leno La Bianca was dead as a result of twenty-six stab wounds. A fork protruded from his stomach, and a knife from his throat. When his body was discovered, Rosemary La Bianca had been found stabbed forty-one times. Again messages were scrawled on the walls in the victims blood: “DEATH TO PIGS”, “RISE”, and “HELTER SKELTER” A couple of months later, all of the hands-on killer’s, plus Charles Manson were arrested. Ultimately tried and convicted, all spent many years in prison, with the exception of Linda Kasabian.

She became the prosecutions star witness and was given immunity in exchange for her testimony. The rest of the killers were sentenced to death. Shortly thereafter, however, the state of California revoked the death penalty and their sentences were communed to life. To date, one of the women has been released, the remaining two are still in prison, and of course , so is Charles Manson. Even now, twenty-nine years after the terrible tragedies, people still speculate as to why Charles Manson turned into such an inhumane monster.

His past speaks for itself but all I have to say is, parents: take care of your children. Stand up for them, lead them, teach them, and don’t turn away from them, maybe that way, you won’t be responsible for what might happen to them.

Charles manson

The Future of America? A hungry boy stole food from a market, was caught, and his right hand was chopped off. The next week the same boy, stole fruit from an orchard, again was spotted, and his left hand was chopped off. A few weeks later, leaving the back door to a bakery open, his mouth full and eyes no less vibrant, the boy was caught once again. The men of the town were stumped, what was to be chopped off next? The men of the town did not know what to do, until someone offered giving the boy a job. The boy never stole again. As difficult as it may be to remain open-minded when addressing a situation, sometimes the alternative solutions are better than that of the extreme.
Throughout American history, there is evidence of over-coming close mindedness. This evidence is seen in women’s voting rights and African American’s freedom. With the increasing youth violence present in America, we are once again given a task. This task, like that of Women’s Suffrage and Civil Rights, is not going to have a simple solution. If the men in the story above had not come up with an alternative solution, what would be chopped off next? Arms? Feet? After reading about this topic and all its perspectives, I believe that severe punishment will always fail to deter youth crime. Rehabilitation and prevention, as difficult as they may be to accept, deserve attention. Arguments have resulted from examining the increase of convicted youth criminals and the severity of crimes committed. The youth crime rate has reached a twenty year high, says Patricia Cohen in her article entitled, “Punishment.” Equally staggering she says, is the fact that “from 1988-1991 the youth murder-arrest rate climbed 80 percent(518).” Terrible crimes committed by youth are sometimes as serious as those of their adult counterparts. As a result, the term youth’ is no longer synonymous with innocence. With this sudden “madness,” as coined by Males and Docuyanan in “Crackdown on Kids: Giving Up on the Young,” juveniles are being deferred into court at lower and lower ages(519). This can be seen in Wisconsin where ten-year-old children can be tried as adults for murder(519). Does imprisonment deter youth crime? Some people believe it is the only way to go, others disagree. Males and Docuyanan are among those who disagree, bringing up the point that, “If more prisons and surer sentences were the solutions to crime and delinquency, California should be a haven where citizens leave doors unlocked and stroll midnight streets unmenaced(521).” This is ironic because California having the third largest inmate system in the world, has failed to deter youth crime. Evidence for this is seen in California’s youth murder-arrest rate; it is one of the highest in the world(520). The fact that poverty-level minorities comprise the majority of youth criminals, proves that imprisonment’s failure to deter crime is a consequent of poverty’s inability of being policed. Although time consuming and somewhat arduous, evaluating youth criminals cases for correlations can help us understand where the criminals are coming from socially and economically. One common denominator in many of the youth criminals case’s as mentioned above, is poverty. Evidence for this strong correlation discussed by Males and Docuyanan, is seen in the cities like Los Angeles where economic gaps are well pronounced. Los Angeles, home to 200,000 poverty stricken adolescents, had more teen murders reported, than the whole state of California(520). Along with poverty, another similarity in these cases is that of race. African American and Hispanic youth account for six out of seven juvenile arrests(520). When these strong correlations are presented, the focus moves from the youth criminal as an individal to youth criminals as a poverty-level minority. Society’s obligations are being questioned here as part of our socity is seen to be struggling to survive. Although some victims of youth crime want to see the criminal held completely accountable for their actions, other victims recognize this issue as a wide spread problem, and would like to see it addressed. Deborah Dickerson in “Who Shot Johnny?,” described how her nephew was shot for no apparent reason by a youth criminal. The confusion, anger and feeling of


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