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Charles Manson

1934-11-12 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Charles Milles Manson (November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017) led the California-based Manson Family cult based in the late 1960s. Some cult members committed a series of nine murders at four locations in July and August 1969. In 1971, Manson was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people, including film actress Sharon Tate. The prosecution contended that while Manson never directly ordered the murders, his ideology constituted an overt act of conspiracy. Before the murders, Manson had spent more than half of his life in correctional institutions. While gathering his cult following, Manson was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry, chiefly through a chance association with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, who introduced Manson to record producer Terry Melcher. In 1968, the Beach Boys recorded Manson's song "Cease to Exist", renamed "Never Learn Not to Love" as a single B-side, but without a credit to Manson. Afterward, Manson attempted to secure a record contract through Melcher, but was unsuccessful. Manson would often talk about the Beatles, including their 1968 self-titled album. According to Los Angeles County District Attorney, Vincent Bugliosi, Manson felt guided by his interpretation of the Beatles' lyrics and adopted the term "Helter Skelter" to describe an impending apocalyptic race war. During his trial, Bugliosi argued that Manson had intended to start a race war, although Manson and others disputed this. Contemporary interviews and trial witness testimony insisted that the Tate–LaBianca murders were copycat crimes intended to exonerate Manson's friend Bobby Beausoleil. Manson himself denied having instructed anyone to murder anyone. Manson's notoriety as an emblem of insanity, violence, and the macabre influenced pop culture. Recordings of songs written and performed by Manson were released commercially, starting with Lie: The Love and Terror Cult (1970). Since his incarceration, various musicians have covered some of his songs. Although originally sentenced to death in 1971, his sentence was commuted to life with the possibility of parole after the California Supreme Court invalidated the state's death penalty statute in 1972. He served his life sentence at the California State Prison, Corcoran and died at age 83 in late 2017. Description above from the Wikipedia article Charles Manson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Elvis Self (Archival Footage) (uncredited) 2022-06-22
Helter Skelter: An American Myth Himself (archive footage) 2020-07-26
Manson: Music From an Unsound Mind 2019-08-13
Manson: The Women Star 2019-06-11
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold Self 2017-10-11
Charles Manson: The Final Words Himself 2017-09-10
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans Himself (Archival Footage) 2015-05-16
Face of Evil: The Charles Manson Murders Himself 2015-08-15
Life After Manson (archive footage) 2014-05-14
The Manson Family: Born to Kill? Himself 2012-10-12
Serious Serial Killers Self 2012-10-23
Old Man Himself (voice) 2012-03-12
Charles Manson, The Church of Satan, The Universal Order & The Process Church of Final Judgment 2012-06-06
Iconoclast 2010-08-17
The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter Himself 2009-01-01
Il falso bugiardo Self (archive footage) 2008-07-03
Inside The Manson Gang Himself 2007-01-01
Cease to Exist 2007-06-14
Charles Manson: Journey Into Evil Himself 1995-09-11
Safe Condition: Document in the Past Perfect Charles Manson 1994-01-01
No Sense Makes Sense Himself 1993-08-07
Pardoned From Above: The Charles "Tex" Watson Story Himself 1992-08-08
Death Scenes 2 Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 1992-01-01
Charles Manson Then & Now Himself (archive footage) 1992-01-06
Charles Manson Superstar Himself 1989-09-17
Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground Himself (Archive Footage) 1988-10-22
The Killing of America 1981-09-05
This Is America Part 2 Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1980-09-05
Manson Himself 1973-01-01
The Bizarre History of Satanism Himself (archival)
The Secrets of Meeting Men and Women Himself