We all know that Charles Manson and the Manson Family were among the most violent and depraved killers of our time. Yet, when one takes a closer look at the infamous cult and their crimes, a series of truly bizarre details are revealed. These 15 bone-chilling facts about Charles Manson and his Family remind us why the case will forever be considered one of the most haunting and disturbing cases in modern American history.
1) Charles Manson's mother sold him for a pitcher of beer.
If you’re unsure as to which side of the great “nature versus nurture” debate you subscribe to, Charles Manson’s childhood is proof that “nurturing” plays a significant role in the development a of serial killer. Whether or not Manson was born to kill, the fact that his mother was a criminal who spent time in prison had to play a role in Manson’s deranged pathology.
According to CNN, Manson’s mother once sold him to a woman who wanted a child for… wait for it… a pitcher of beer. Yup, Miss Manson pretty much takes the cake for worst mom ever.
Manson’s uncle had to search for the woman who “bought” the boy and eventually retrieved him and returned him to his mother.
Perhaps, young Charles would have been better off had his Uncle let the deal stand. Perhaps, society would have as well. Yet, alas, we will never know.
2) Prior to creating his Family and orchestrating multiple murder sprees, Manson had asked to remain in prison.
After spending his entire adolescence in and out of prisons, Charles Manson knew that he was not capable of being a productive member of society.
Upon his release from prison as a young man, Manson warned prison guards, telling them, “Oh, no, I can’t go outside there.” Manson later explained, “I knew that I couldn’t adjust to that world, not after all my life had been spent locked up and where my mind was free.”
3) Manson used techniques that he learned while studying Scientology and a popular self-help book in prison to brainwash his future followers.
While in prison, Manson was enlisted in the Church of Scientology and “audited” for over 150 hours by his cell-mate, Layeyette Raimer, who was a high ranking member of the Church.
However, Radar Online reports that eventually, Manson grew weary of the intense training sessions and began to throw fits until guards moved his cellmate elsewhere.
Ultimately, Scientology was “too crazy” even for Manson. Yet, once out of prison, he did utilize techniques that he learned while studying Scientology to manipulate and brainwash his followers.
He also utilized techniques from the popular bestselling self-help book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie to manipulate his followers.
Not only did he intensely study the bestseller, Manson also took classes given by the Dale Carnegie Institute while in prison. No one could have predicted that the information in the popular book, which was geared toward sales and business people, would prove to be dangerous in the wrong hands.