Charles Milles Maddox (1934-), a.k.a. Charles Manson:
Quotation by Charles Manson::
"You made your children what they are. These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them. I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up. You can project it back at me, but I am only what lives inside each and every one of you. My father is your system. I am only what you made me. I am a reflection of you. You made your children what they are. These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them. I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up. You can project it back at me, but I am only what lives inside each and every one of you. My father is your system. I am only what you made me. I am a reflection of you."
About "The Family:"
Manson's mother was Kathleen Maddox; his father was Walker Scott. He picked up the Manson surname from his stepfather, William Manson.
This group is unrelated to a faith group called by various names: the Church of God, Family of Love, and The Family.
Charles Milles Manson was born on 1934-NOV-11 or 12; sources differ. He is a person with an unusual ability to dominate others. He assembled a destructive, doomsday cult around himself, which the media later called The Family. At one time, it numbered in excess of 100 individuals at the Spahn Ranch some 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles CA. Manson was referred to both as "God " and "Satan " by his followers. As the family's guru, he claimed to be a reincarnation of Jesus Christ.
Manson was concerned about damage to the environment and pollution. He once
"Your waters dying. Your lifes in that cup. Your trees are dying. Your wildlifes locked up in zoos. Youre in the zoo, Man. How do you feel about it?"
Mass murders perpetrated by The Family :
The first murder by the family was of Gary Hinman, a Los Angeles drug dealer and musician. His body was discovered on 1969-JUL-31.
The first series of mass murders, called the "Tate " homicides, occurred at the home of Sharon (Tate) Polanski on 1969-AUG-9. Three victims were shot and/or stabbed multiple times on the grounds of the estate. These were Abigail Folger, Steven Parent and Voiytek Frykowski. Sharon Polanski and Jay Sebring were murdered inside the house. Sharon, 8 months pregnant at the time, died from numerous stab wounds, five of which were by themselves fatal; Jay died of blood loss. Both had their necks loosely attached by a single rope over a rafter.
The next homicides, called the "LaBianca murders ," occurred two days later in the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. They were found stabbed to death with dozens of wounds.
Finally, Donald Shea was murdered. He was a former stuntman and hired hand at the Spahn Ranch.
The police appear to have been stunned by the horrific details at the mass murder crime scenes. They badly bungled the task of collecting evidence. They were unable to find the clothing worn by the murderers. A television news crew was able to locate the clothing later.
Although Manson is not believed to have killed anyone directly, he ordered his followers to commit the famous Tate, LaBianca and other murders.
Possible motives for the murders:
The murders were on the surface motiveless and unconnected to Manson, but some key motives were later identified.