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Social Psychology Of Charles Manson

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The famous Charles Manson, a convicted serial killer, was known as the “Icon of Evil” for his ability to have founded a hippie cult of young runaways that hung on his every word and eventually would participate in the killings of pregnant famous actor Sharon Tate Polanski and her friends in 1969 as well as the Labianca couple the following night. “Manson had a charismatic personality, an undeniable presence. He was able to dominate, to bring others under his power,” (Huston 345) With Manson’s personality, he was able to offer his “love” to many young women who came from rough homes or felt unwanted and ran away and whom yearned for something more in life. Manson would go on to share his passion for a life that went against social conformity…show more content…
On November 12th 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio, 16 year old prostitute Kathleen Maddox gave birth to Charles Miles Maddox later named Charles Miles Manson after his mother briefly married a man named William Manson. Growing up, Charles would have to endure a very neglectful and abusive life. When Manson was only five years old, his mother and uncle were sentenced to five years in prison for robbing a West Virginia gas station. At the age of 13, he began to follow in his mother’s footsteps by committing petty crimes such as robbing which caused him to be sent to Indiana Boys School. He was subjected to sexual assault and abuse while staying in the Indian Boys School and after many transfers to other juvenile schools, he began committing violent sexual assaults that got him sent to the Ohio Federal Reformatory at 17 years old. Once he was released two years later, his family believed he had finally shaped up and was doing good…show more content…
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