Charles Milles Manson was born on Nov 12th, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he grew up as one of America’s most known criminal and cult leader. His illegal and rebellious moves became notable from age 9 when he set his school on fire.
By age 13, Charles had already begun to get into trouble with the court for petty theft and truancy. To curb his actions, he was sent to Gibault School for boys in Terre Haute, Indiana, where strict punishment was given for even the tiniest offense.
In 1947, Charles Manson fled home to his mother, but his mother returned him to the correctional school after the Christmas break.
In 1948, Charles fled Gibault to Indianapolis, where he committed a crime of robbing a grocery store. After a successful attempt at robbery, Charles saw the act as a sustainable means of livelihood. He was caught in 1949 and sent to a juvenile school – Boys Town in Omaha.
Charles continued living his life in and out of Juvenile facilities and prisons for about 20years of his life before forming a cult group known as Manson Family in mid-1967. The family cult comprised of people who were willing to follow his unconventional lifestyle and eccentric religious teachings.
Amongst all he taught, Charles mainly emphasized the apocalyptic race war between the whites and the blacks. He stated that the result of the war would give his family a dominating power.
He believed that his family members are those who would incite the war between the races. So, he instigated them to kill some elite whites and try to frame the blacks for their death.
In 1971, Charles Manson was convicted as the brainwashing leader of the group that murdered elites and socialites. He was found guilty of the charges and sentenced to death.
However, his death sentence was commuted to life in prison when the capital punishment law was abolished in 1972. In 2017, Manson died in prison after spending about 40 years.
Here are 10 terrifying facts about Charles Manson’s imprisonment.
10 A Fanatical Fan Base
Ever since Manson’s death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1972, he had spent over 40years in the California State Prison. While prison has a way of keeping people oblivious of the outside world, Manson stayed informed.
His fans and devotees kept keeping him occupied with daily emails and daily requests for meet and greet. His fans had been tagged fanatics because of their obsession with his existence, even though he is a crime instigator and a killer.
Their obsession has left many to wonder how people develop such love and loyalty for someone like Manson.
All through the decades he spent behind bars, Manson received over 60,000 mails from his fans annually, thus making him the prisoner with the highest number of mails in the state prison. Being behind bars did not stop him from drawing in more curious fans using his eccentric charisma and his seemingly progressive environmental concerns.
To celebrate his life and to ensure that he was comfortable in prison, a website which contains his mailing address and detailed instruction on how to send money to him was created.