Charles Manson was a villain both in life and death, as he was praised as a counterculture hero back in 1969. Now he’s dead, 83 years of age. Manson was serving 9 consecutive life sentences for being one of the most famous serial killers in US history.
He died on Sunday at 8.13 pm local time in California, in Bakersfield at Kern County Hospital, after a prolonged illness and a long life which drained probably millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money. Manson was first hospitalized earlier this year, in January, after accusing serious gastrointestinal problems (intestinal bleeding).
America’s notorious serial killer was well known for having a swastika tattoo right between his eyebrows and he had spent 45 years incarcerated after being convicted of orchestrating his clan (dubbed “Manson Family“) to kill 7 people in California, during 1969’s summer of love. Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate was among the victims, as she was stabbed 16 times.
Charles Manson was a son of a prostitute, Kathleen Maddox respectively, and he was born in 1932 in Cincinnati Ohio. He embraced a villain life since his teenage years, when he was skating in and out of juvenile halls, committing his first crime at 13, as he was robbing liqueur stores. As an interesting factoid, as Manson was interned at Indiana Boys School, he was sexually assaulted, which probably led to his escape in 1951. Between 1951 and 1955, Charles Manson was arrested numerous times for robbing gas stations, stealing cars and a plethora of both federal and state offenses.
Later on he started a career as a pimp and was also involved in falsifying US Treasury checks. After finally getting out of the US correctional system, Manson ended up in LA in 1967, where he tried to pursue a music career, but after hanging up with Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson and failing to secure a record deal with the band’s producer Terry Melcher, Manson ended up with starting a weird hippie cult.
A furious Charles Manson tried to get revenge on Melcher, and he ordered his drug addled, brainwashed followers to kill everyone inside the Beach Boys’ producer (former) residence. Even if Melcher did not live there and Manson was aware of that fact, he chose the respective location because it represented an industry that snubbed him. Three of of Charles Manson’s minions (Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel) raided Melcher’s former residence in Benedict Canyon on August 9, 1969 and they shot or butchered to death 7 innocent people who were attending a low-key party hosted by movie director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife Sharon Tate.
The rest is history.