“Mr. and Mrs. America–you are wrong. I am not the King of the Jews nor am I a hippie cult leader. I am what you have made me and the mad dog devil killer fiend leper is a reflection of your society. . .Whatever the outcome of this madness that you call a fair trial or Christian justice, you can know this: In my mind’s eye my thoughts light fires in your cities.” (1)
Manson didn’t weld the weapons in murders of Sharon Tate, her unborn child or six other victims; however, it was at his instigation these innocent people lost their lives. Charles Manson has remained unapologetic of his crimes. He has no guilt or remorse for his actions, instead he condemns society.
“The children that come at you with knives are your children. You taught them. I didn’t teach them. I just tried to help them stand up….”
Manson claims he never had followers, they were only friends. Manson encouraged the use of mind altering drugs with Family members in order to warp reality and manipulate. He would stand on a pulpit, preaching about the end of days brought about by a race war. Manson planned the Tate and LaBianca murders to ignite the war, supposedly prophesied in the lyrics of Helter Skelter.
According to prosecutors, “Manson saw verse 15 as a prophecy of the imminent Helter Skelter in which a revolt by blacks would result in a killing of one-third of the population. “And the four angels were loosed, that had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, that they should kill the third part of men.” Manson may have believed that he was setting this revolt in motion in August of 1969 when he loosed from Spahn ranch his Family members with instructions to kill.” (1)
Manson has been institutionalized most of his life. He was born, No Name Maddox to a 16 year old prostitute. Manson was repeatedly given away by his mother – once he was even “sold” for a six pack of beer. He spent his childhood on the street, fighting for survival. He was a petty thief. “School officials described young Manson as moody and suffering a persecution complex–but “likable” during those periods he was feeling happy.” (2)
Manson is a psychopath, a personality disorder characterized by amoral and antisocial behavior. He is delusional, believing himself entitled and exempt from society’s laws because society has perpetuated evil upon him.