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.
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2) Prior to creating his Family and orchestrating multiple murder sprees, Manson had asked to remain in prison."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.
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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.
4) Family Members were forced to adhere to Manson's bizarre rules while staying at Spahn's Ranch.
5) Sharon Tate begged for the life of her unborn baby.According to fellow Family member Linda Kasabian, Susan Atkins told 8.5 month pregnant Sharon Tate, "Look, bitch, I have no mercy for you. You're going to die, and you'd better get used to it." before stabbing Tate in the stomach and using her blood to write the word "pig" on the front door. Susan Atkins died in prison in 2009.
6) Although Sharon Tate and her guests were not Manson's intended targets.
via: Getty ImagesWhen one thinks of the notorious Manson murders, one inevitably thinks of blonde bombshell and actress Sharon Tate. Beautiful, young, talented, in love, and with child, the actress' bright light was forever stifled the night of August 8th, 1969, along with four of her dearest friends. While many reasonably assume that Tate and her husband, Director Roman Polanski (who was out of town the night his wife was murdered), were targeted due to their fame and celebrity status, the reality is that Sharon Tate and her houseguests were not Charles Manson's intended targets the fateful night he sent his followers to the house on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, California.
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7) Doris Day's "mother intuition" saved her son's life.
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The move was no accident... Terry, Doris' only child, was extremely close to his mom. He had told her about Manson — and about some of his scary antics, his brandishing of knives, his zombie followers — and that Manson had been to the house on Cielo, and she insisted he move out.Doris Day may have saved her son and his girlfriend's lives when she demanded that they move, but Sharon Tate and her guests were not quite so lucky.
8) Although the Family did have a celebrity kill list.
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9) Manson defended himself in his murder trial and intentionally chose a notoriously boring defense attorney to assist him in his case.
via: Getty ImagesIn true narcissistic fashion, Manson defended himself in the trial, with assistance from attorney Irving Kanarek. Needless to say, Manson failed to manipulate his way out the criminal justice system.
via: Getty ImagesApparently, his sidekick defense attorney was known for being intolerably boring. Manson thought this would somehow help him in his case, but it resulted in jurors asking for "No-Doz" and Manson eventually screaming at his attorney in court, shouting, "you’re just making things worse!"
10) While Charles Manson will go down in history as one the most notorious serial killers of all time, he never actually committed murder.While Manson was convicted of first-degree murder for directing the deaths of the Tate and La Bianca victims and sentenced to death (a charge that would later be commuted to life in prison upon California's abolishment of the death penalty), he never actually physically killed anyone. All of the "Manson murders" were carried out by Manson's Family members upon his orders. Manson was not even present during the Tate and La Bianca slayings.
11) Yet it's believed that Manson and his Family could be responsible for up to 35 deaths.According to Biogrpahy.com, "Most of their cases were never tried, either for lack of evidence or because the perpetrators were already sentenced to life for the Tate/La Bianca killings." And the killings didn't stop once Manson was behind bars...
12) Manson's ex-attorney mysteriously died after he dumped Manson to represent another Family member.Ronald Hughes dropped Manson to solely represent one of Manson's Family members instead. While Manson was behind bars, Hughes mysteriously went missing while on a camping trip. Eventually, Hughes body was found. It's believed that the remaining Family members murdered Hughes to get Manson his revenge. Although, no charges were ever officially filed.
13) Charles Manson had three sons.
14) As the 50th Anniversary of the Manson Family murders approaches, Hollywood revisits the dark and brutal crimes.
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15) Charles Manson has been on ice for over three months while at least four people fight over rights to his dead body.
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