Charles Manson, the satanic cult leader who became the 20th-century cultural icon, passed away at the age of 83 in a Bakersfield hospital in the past hour.
The convicted mass murderer Charles Manson, the man with the iconic stare and the swastika engraved between his eyes was mostly known for his violent murder spree as well as inspiring many rock bands and stars to write songs in honor of him or changing their name to refer to him (Marilyn Manson has long admitted that his stage name is a mix of 2 cultural icons of America, Marilyn Monroe, and Charles Manson)
In the 1960s, Manson, a charismatic ex-convict, assembled a group of runaways and outcasts known as the "Manson Family," who went on a killing spree that was unrivaled at that time.
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In 1967, Manson, who had already spent most of his adult years in prison, was freed once again.
He moved to San Francisco where he started a commune called ‘The Family’ of fragile youngsters who were inspired by his charisma and rhetoric. Manson behaved like a true cult leader and obliged his followers to join him in robberies and give up their possessions to him.
He became paranoid and got more and more obsessed by the Book of Revelations in the Holy Bible, as well as every song by The Beatles.
When in November 1968, The Beatles released their White Album, Manson understood that a race war was at hand in the US and that everyone would be destroyed in a Russian nuclear strike.
In the summer of 1969, he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war.
Members of the cult stabbed heavily pregnant Hollywood actress Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski, 16 times in the early-morning hours of August 9, 1969.
Manson's followers stabbed or shot to death four other people at Tate's home that fateful day.
After the murders, Manson and his followers wanted to flee to Death Valley, as he had told them the world would end and that the Bottomless Pit, a sub-terrain paradise underneath Death Valley, would be the only place where they’d be safe.
Manson was arrested and in order to pay for his defense during the trial, he released a music album. According to statistics, Charles Manson receives about 60,000 letters per year of people wanting to join “the Manson family.”