Despite the fact that Manson undoubtedly has had a lot of “alone” time—over four decades locked away in protective custody in a California state prison—he receives plenty of fan mail to keep him occupied as well as continuous meet-and-greet requests. In fact, Manson has received more mail than any other prisoner in the US, begging the question: What the hell is wrong with his fan base?

It is puzzling to understand the sick fixation that some people have with serial killers and even more troubling to know that such minds walk the streets. Sadly, it’s more prevalent than one may think.

Case in point: Manson receives over 60,000 letters from fans annually. There is even a website celebrating the life of Manson. It includes his mailing address for those who wish to write him as well as detailed instructions on how to transfer money to the murderer via AccessCorrections.com.

Manson was an unemployed ex-convict who had spent half of his life in correctional institutions for a variety of offenses. Before the murders, he was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry, chiefly through a chance association with Dennis Wilson, drummer and founding member of the Beach Boys.

In 1968, the group recorded one of Manson’s songs, retitled “Never Learn Not to Love“, as a B-sided single without Manson’s credit. Manson was also obsessed with the Beatles, particularly their 1968 self-titled album (also known as the “White Album”). Guided by his interpretation of the band’s lyrics, he adopted the term “Helter Skelter” to describe an impending apocalyptic race war. He and his followers, who were mostly young women, believed that the murders would help precipitate that war.

He was arrested again for various misdemeanors but then Once discharged from prison, Manson began attracting a group of followers, mostly young women, from around California. They were later dubbed the “Manson Family“. The group was involved in the murder of Gary Hinman in July 1969, then gained national notoriety after the murder of actress Sharon Tate.

 

Born
Charles Milles Maddox

November 12, 1934

DiedNovember 19, 2017 (aged 83)

 

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