Does anyone remember Charles Manson and his "family"?

Do you remember him? - charles manson
United States
February 4, 2008 8:04am CST
If you don't know who he is or the horrible things he did you must have at least read about him and his followers. Since it happened in 1969 I'm sure a lot of the members here were either not born or too young to have paid any attention to the news of that year and a half. The man was actually given the death penalty but as luck would have it while he was on death row the state of CA abolished the death penalty and he has been there ever since. He's 74 years old and since he's spent most of his life in prison he's actually happy to be there. I watched a program on tv and they say there are still young people who are writing to him and want to be his "followers" and I have to say this is scary to me. To think there are kids out there who look up to this man makes me wonder what kind of lives they live. Do you remember or know who Charles Manson is? What do you think about kids still writing to him while he's in jail and looking up to him like he's some God or something?
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• United States
4 Feb 08
Yes I remember Charles Manson and personally, I don't think he should be allowed to send or receive mail in the first place! If he replies back to the kids that wrote him, does the state of California pay for the stamp? If they do, the people of California should do something about it.
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• United States
4 Feb 08
I never even thought of that! Receiving mail is probably one of the few privileges he gets in prison (as far as I'm concerned he should get none!). I wonder if they let him respond to the letters he gets. They did show him writing letters in the program I was watching and as far as postage...that's probably another privilege.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I agree. He should be in solitary confinement with nothing but food and water and no communication with the outside world.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I remember! He was very scary then and still is in my opinion. I also think that it is scary with people writing wanting to be a follower. They need couseling!
• United States
4 Feb 08
Even though I know he will never get out of prison it's scary to think that one day someone may take his place in the world.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
4 Feb 08
We live in a strange society, so I guess that nothing surprises me at this point. I remember reading a book about the murders back in the early 70s, it was called 'helter skelter'. Very good book (if it is still available) for people who would like to learn much more about the murders and his sick mind.
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• United States
4 Feb 08
I did also read the book a very long time ago and know you can read everything including the book that Manson wrote online.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
4 Feb 08
He wrote a book? I didn't know that. I have not followed his life in prison.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I remember Charles Manson and his "family" very well. He came up for parole a couple of times. It is very scary that there are kids wanting to be part of his family. Wasn't there a movie made from the book "Helter Skelter"? These are some very disturbed kids. I hope someone is checking these kids out.
• United States
4 Feb 08
Yes, there was a movie and a book called Helter Skelter because they had written that in blood on the walls or refrigerator or something. Your right....someone should be checking out the people who right to him.
• United States
4 Feb 08
oops....typo........write to him...lol...
@Sharon38 (1916)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
I dont know anything about him but I would love to know so I would appreciaite some moe information from you so that I can discuss intelligently. I am interested in knowing about this man. thanks
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@Sharon38 (1916)
• Jamaica
11 Feb 08
These are very sick people! My GOd to think that someone could actually enjoy killing another like that!
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@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
4 Feb 08
Oh yeah, ctry, I remember the Manson "Family" well indeed. Talk about scary -this maniac had the whole country in the grip of fear. I know that even though I was clear across the country from California, the horror of what had happened there had me terrified. I can't say what it is that attracts some people to these "natural born killers," such as Charles Manson, but I understand that they all have their groupies. I can't even imagine why so many women seek them out and want to marry them. In my opinion, it is very indicative of how broke the system is that the tax payers have had to support this fiend for all these years.
• United States
5 Feb 08
At the time I was living on an air force base in the mojave dessert north of LA when it happened and believe me I was petrified the whole time. If I remember right they even put extra security around the base for that whole year and a half until the trial was over.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I wasnt around yet when the Manson massacres happened (I was born a yr later) but I am very familiar with case and several others like it (I'm HUGE on true crime...love reading about it cause it just facinates the hell outta me) As far as ppl young or old wanting to be his followers well lets face it....just because all these yrs have passed doesnt mean there arent still loonies out there who look up to ppl like him, Dave Korish *sp*, Jim Jones and the like...Its sad but true..There will ALWAYS be cults, cult leaders, cult followers AND ppl who really dont understand the severity of what cults are, do and have done...Some young ppl might just think he's cool becuase they are feeling rebelious etc..There are tons of kids in the world like that unfortunately and whats worse is these kids end up becoming the next Columbine killers, Manson follower types and so on..WHY? because society would much rather turn a blind eye to the issues then actually "get a set" and HELP....There are children all over the world who are so brutally abused, mistreated, neglected and so on that get shoved under the rug its no wonder some of them snap..there are so many kids in the world who have severe mental issues but their caregivers, teachers etc etc would rather live in denial and pretend thats not the case then do something about it and get the child the help he or she needs... As far as I'm concerned...we and the generations older than us are heavily to blame for the way kids and teens are today....
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• United States
5 Feb 08
I wouldn't blame the whole generation for the way kids are today. Every parent has their own way of parenting...or not...and it's up to each individual as to how they raise their kids.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I wasn't born after all that happened but I have heard about Charles Manson and the horrible things that he did and I have no idea why anyone would want to communicate with him.
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• United States
4 Feb 08
I would say it's the sick people of the world who write to him and maybe some who are interested in the twisted mind and how it works.
• United States
11 Feb 08
Since I was born in '83 I definitely don't remember him. However, I read the book Helter Skelter. So, I know who he is. It is really sick that people would look up to a man as mentally sick as that. But there are always people who don't realize what they are doing and some who do and think that it is okay.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Yes, but probably mostly from a movie that was made about him... or at least I think it was about him - Helter Skelter?? I wonder if he has changed or had remorse after all this time away from society to think about it. or is he so charismatic that he has followers in the prison as well. He becomes eligible for parole in 2012 His sons share his name, that must have been hard to grow up with such an infamously notorious name.
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• United States
5 Feb 08
Although I was 2, I do know who Manson is. I saw a t.v.movie called Helter Skelter.I am not surprised that there are kids that look up to him. Gone are the days where All kids have positive role models.Let's face it, in most good and evil films the bad guy is more fascinating and appealing than the good guy.And then there are all those video games where everybody kills everyone else.It is when they Want to be Manson and tries to is where it is really scary.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
4 Feb 08
They just reran that PBS special on him, that they made a number of years ago. I do not think that they should keep running that special. It just makes Manson and his "family" more interesting to the "present" generation and gives the slightly unstable ones new ideas. The film is very well done and gives fairly graphic details but it is not done in a way that gives it deterant value. It just presents the information and slightly glorifies the participants. What they did was horrific and should be presented as such or should not be presented at all. They still come up for paroll every so often and I think that is what prompts the reshowing of the film. Shalom~Adoniah
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
4 Feb 08
Yes....I do remember him and his sicko ways...I also remember when he came up for parole and I prayed he wouldn't get out! And how about Jim Jones....how many went to their deaths following him! Bad news is all they are!
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I remember him well. Back then, that was a horrifying crime--still is, but there are so many crimes now that people are somewhat callous to them at times. There are always going to be kids and others writing to people like Manson. I can't imagine how it must be to have the sort of mental illness he has, or to actually admire someone like that. They should offer help to those who admire him.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I think its sick. I was about 8 y/o when it happened so I don't remember it at the time but I have read and watched many shows about it. I think the man is extremely mentally disturbed. I read somewhere that they tried to medicate him but he would not take the meds. The interviews I have seen with him you can tell he doesn't make any sense. I can't imagine how anyone would be dumb enough to look up to him.
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I remember him and the horrible things he did. It is awful that some kids want to be his followers and they write to him. He will die in prison but his atrocities will not be forgotten in California.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I remember him. I wasn't even born when he was locked up but I have read and watched many movies and shows about him. I'm surprised that this man was even eligible for parole. Of course he would go to his parole hearings still convinced he's Jesus Christ so he would blow it every time. His last parole hearing was last year. I think it's very very sad that people still look up to him.
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• Canada
16 Mar 08
Yes we remember Charles Mansion. We just watched a documentary on MSNBC about Charles Manson. It was a freaky show, scary stuff, but an interesting show, just the same. He has a really creepy voice. My husband and I enjoyed the program.