Charles Manson dead at 83

He died of natural causes

Charles Manson dead at 83

Charles Manson, the murderer and cult leader, has died in a hospital in California. He was 83. A statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said: “Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.” Manson was convicted, along with four of his followers, of orchestrating the murders in 1969 of the pregnant actor Sharon Tate and six others in two attacks. He was the leader of a cult known as the Manson Family, made up mostly of disaffected young women, some of whom became killers under his tutelage. Manson and his cult became notorious due to the brutality of the murder of Tate and the six other victims. Tate, the wife of film director Roman Polanski, who was out of the country the night of her murder, was eight months pregnant when Manson’s followers broke into her home in Los Angeles and stabbed and shot her and her visitors, Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski, Abigail Folger and Steven Parent. The word “Pig” was written in blood on the front door. The next night, a group of followers murdered couple Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. On Sunday night, Tate’s sister Debra Tate told NBC: “One could say I’ve forgiven them, which is quite different than forgetting what they are capable of.”
Manson and three female followers, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, were convicted of murder and conspiracy to murder and sentenced to death for killings at the two gruesome scenes in the summer of 1969. Another defendant, Charles “Tex” Watson, was convicted later. Although the followers committed the murders, Manson had ordered them, and, at the LaBianca home, tied up the couple before leaving his followers to carry out the killings. Prosecutors at the time said that Manson and his cult were trying to spark a race war that he believed was foretold in the Beatles song “Helter Skelter”, and hoped the Black Panthers would be blamed for the killings. He got a break in the music industry when he met Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson. Charles Milles Maddox was born on November 12th in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1934, he  spent most of his teens and 20’s in and out of prison for various crimes, and he later became a singer-songwriter. He grew his following in San Francisco’s hippie locale Haight Ashbury in the late 1960’s before leading the Manson Family into violent crime. During that period he wrote and recorded several songs, the Beach Boys recorded one of Manson’s songs but never credited him for that which sparkled Manson’s fury. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanity, violence and the macabre. On March 6, 1970, the day the court vacated Manson’s status as his own attorney, “LIE”, an album of Manson music, was released, the album included “Cease to Exist”, the Manson composition the Beach Boys had recorded with modified lyrics and the title “Never Learn Not to Love”. Over the next couple of months, only about 300 of the album’s 2,000 copies sold. Guns N’ Roses recorded Manson’s “Look at Your Game, Girl”, included as an unlisted 13th track on their 1993 album “The Spaghetti Incident?”, “My Monkey”, which appears on “Portrait of an American Family” by Marilyn Manson, includes the lyrics “I had a little monkey / I sent him to the country and I fed him on gingerbread / Along came a choo-choo / Knocked my monkey cuckoo / And now my monkey’s dead.”  These lyrics are from Charles Manson’s “Mechanical Man”,which is heard on “LIE”. Crispin Glover covered “Never Say ‘Never’ To Always and punk rock performance artist GG Allin covered “Garbage Dump” on his album You Give Love A Bad Name.

Listen to Charles Manson song “Look At Your Game Girl” which was covered by Guns N’ Roses in 1993

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