DO YOU KNOW CHARLES MANSON?
November 20, 2006 8:42am CST
Charles Milles Manson (born November 11, 1934) is an American convict and career criminal, most famous for his participation in the Tate-LaBianca murders of the late 1960s. Manson has spent most of his adult life in prison, initially for offenses such as car theft, forgery and credit card fraud. He also worked some time as a pimp. In the late 1960s, he became the leader of a group known as "The Family", and masterminded several brutal murders, most notoriously that of movie actress Sharon Tate (wife of movie director Roman Polanski), who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in what came to be known as the "Tate-La Bianca case", named after the victims, although he was not accused of committing the murders in person. He is serving a life sentence in California's Corcoran State Prison, and will be up for parole in 2007 at the age of 73. Manson has always maintained his innocence of the crimes. Manson was also friends with several notable musicians before the murders were committed, including Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys, and was a marginally successful musician himself who recorded several albums and whose songs have since been covered by many artists. Since his trial and conviction, Manson's name and image have been integrated into American pop culture, typically as a symbol of evil. Marilyn Manson derived his last name from Charles Manson.