Murderer Charles Manson Dies While In Prison

by Marisa Flores

Charles Manson, most famously known as the leader of the Manson Family Cult, died November 19th of natural causes.

Manson and his followers (“family”) led one of the most notorious killing sprees in the summer of 1969. “The first set of victims were [Actress Sharon] Tate, who was eight months’ pregnant; a celebrity hairstylist named Jay Sebring; coffee fortune heiress Abigail Folger; writer Wojciech Frykowski; and Steven Parent, a friend of the family’s caretaker. Supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, were [also] killed at their home.” [1]

Manson never directly killed anyone, but he was the ringleader ordering his “family” to murder others. In 1971, Manson was convicted of first-degree murder in the Tate/LeBianca murders. “He also was convicted in the connection with the killings of Gary Hinman, a musician, and stuntman Donald ‘Shorty’ Shea in 1969.” [1] “Manson served nine life terms in California prisons and was denied parole 12 times.” [1]

Other than being a famous psychopath, Manson was also a failed musician. He made multiple songs and even pieced together an album or two. He reached out to Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, looking for help to officially start his music career. The rejection that Wilson served Manson with was one of things that triggered the killing sprees of 1969.

Manson and his following will forever be known as one of the most manipulative and murderous group in history. Everyone has different opinions about Manson and the issues that arose from his actions in 1969.

Walkersville High School History teacher Lauren Day commented, “The story of the ‘Manson Family’ and the horrors of the ‘Manson Murders’ remain, for me, among the most fascinating and disturbing tales of crime in American history. And the trial that followed was so unpredictable and theatrical! With Charles Manson’s death, he leaves a legacy of weird antics and attention-seeking behavior, and in my opinion, a chilling reminder of the life-ruining dangers of total submission to a leader and giving over our freewill to another. Despite my opinion of his intrinsically evil qualities, I will remain forever impacted by the events surrounding his fame.”

When asked about the death of this master manipulator there were good and bad reactions. Sophomore Brady Eaves said “Well I think what he did as a person was not the right thing to do considering it led to people dying, but I do like him in a way because the music he put out during his time was good.”

“I don’t see how [Manson’s death] could be a bad thing,” added junior Jackson Larimore.

As it seems, Manson will not be missed. His horrific decisions and the emotions that came with them will live on. He may be gone, but the results of his actions will forever be remembered.