Cult leader Charles Manson died on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 in Bakersfield Ca, at the age of 83 after being rushed to Mercy Hospital. Through manipulation, powerful words and ruthless murders, Manson created a legacy for himself, along with changing the lives of many. The Manson Family cult, led by Manson himself, consisted of an estimated 100 individuals who all believed that Manson was Jesus. The cult shared the same passion of habitual drug use and heralded the prophecy of a future race war.
In total, Manson has led an estimated 35 murders, seven of which h
e was tried for. Most famously, Manson orchestrated the death of Sharon Tate, an expecting mother whom was stabbed 16 times, five of which were lethal. On the night of Aug 9, 1969, five individuals were killed in the home of movie director Roman Polanski alongside Tate. The following night Leno and Rosemary Labianca were killed in a crime conducted by Manson.
Manson was sentenced to the death penalty in 1972 for these horrific crimes, but due to the of all death penalties in California prior to 1972, Manson was instead sentenced to life in prison. He went on to be denied parole a total of 12 times during his imprisonment.
Throughout his lifetime, Manson gained the trust of Dennis Wilson, the drummer of the Beach Boys. Wilson unknowingly aided the cult leader with his crimes. Manson produced several songs through artists such as the Beach Boys and Guns and Roses, along with producing his own music, in an effort to make money for his court cases. He although didn’t benefit from the single.
Charles Manson, although now dead of natural causes and old age, has impacted the American court system and taken the lives of many. His infamous murders will continue to have a great influence on the American society.