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The Tragedy Of Charles Manson

Charles Manson photo“I can’t dislike you, but I will say this to you: you haven’t got long before you are all going to kill yourselves, because you are all crazy. And you can project it back at me, but I am only what lives inside each and every one of you.” Charles Manson 

Who exactly is Charles Manson? To many the quick answer is mass murderer. That however is far to simplistic an answer. Charles Manson is an artist, environmentalist, singer, philosopher, cult leader, among other things. But I want to focus on something often over looked, Charles Manson was a victim of abuse.

Charles Manson did not come from the good life. Unlike other mass murderers of our time such as our presidents, Henry Kissinger, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and others, Manson came from the other side of life. Manson’s world was one of lawlessness while the others I named are synonymous with both law and the establishment itself. If you feel it is unfair from me to compare Charles Manson with these politicians, you are right, because Charles Manson has done far less damage to the world than the others named. Manson only destroyed lives the others destroyed nations.

Charles Manson was the son of a woman who is reported to be a prostitute. Without a doubt his home life was troubled and as a youth he turned to petty crime. When he was caught in a stolen vehicle that had crossed state lines he was in violation of the Dyer Act which was a Federal Crime. As a consequence for his actions Charles Manson was sent to a juvenile correctional institute a euphemism for jail.

I want to stop the story right there. I think so much of evil, and Charles Manson did become the embodiment of evil for a time, could have been averted if somehow they had an injection of kindness and compassion. The Bible says that you will reap what you sow. In this society we have planted many seeds of wickedness and Charles Manson was a weed that grew. It didn’t have to be that way, but unfortunately it did. We are seeing in America today that we are having mass shootings now on a regular basis. That too is a sign of the times, a by product of society’s coldness and cruelty. Unless we repent and learn to Love times will wax worse and worse.

The famous part of the story of course is the Manson Family’s Tate–LaBianca Murders. Charles Manson claims that he had no involvement in the murders and I believe that he didn’t physically. I am certain however that he ‘encouraged’ the evil deeds. Furthermore I am certain that there are other crimes committed by Manson and the Family that haven’t been unearthed just yet. Possibly of a mind blowing scope. Charles Manson was found guilty of the crimes and sentenced to death. When the death penalty was found unconstitutional his sentenced was changed to life without parole.

It is alleged that Charles Manson was an adherent to Scientology in some form or fashion. Without a doubt his lengthy stays in prison had a great influence on him as well. Also Charles Manson may have been part of the CIA’s MK Ultra program. His later use of LSD to influence his followers show evidence of that. The sum of these factors produced a ‘man of lawlessness’. Charles Manson was a man who understood that nothing really binds a man’s actions. This is a very valuable lesson is you can handle your ‘freedom’.

Without a doubt Charles Manson had a brilliant mind. As Neil Young put it he was a ‘song spewer’. Besides his musical ability Charles Manson is a great philosopher and very articulate and persuasive in his talk. He was a man with great potential. Much to Charles Manson’s credit he became a very strong environmentalist being part of A.T.W.A or air, trees, water, animals.

I have no doubt that Charles Manson was great evil. He claimed to be the Antichrist and I thought that was a possibility. He definitely was not Jesus as he also alleged.

It seems that Charles Manson is about to die. I will not celebrate his death as I would not celebrate the death of any human being, regardless of how much evil they have done. The story of Charles Manson as it is today is a tragedy.

Rest in peace Charlie, Jesus loves you as do I.

If only…………………..

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The Tragedy Of Charles Manson

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2017). The Tragedy Of Charles Manson. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 15, 2018, from


Last updated: 16 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 16 Nov 2017
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