“Cultural Murders”


As people grow up, they look for the path they would like to follow. Some choose to get jobs and others try to further their education. In college some join fraternities and sororities, while others look for a group with a common interest. In the late sixties and early seventies many peoples minds were wandering. They needed a place to feel comfortable, since some had rough times as youths. A few of these unlucky souls were introduced to Charlie.
Charles Manson was a bearded, wild-eyed 35 year old career criminal and pimp, who stood a mere 5’2”. He mesmerized a group of largely middle class youths into thinking he was Christ incarnate. Using manipulation with drugs and force of ...

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love. He wanted compliant followers with devotion and dependance on him (Farquhar 5).
His family took many acid trips together. During the trips, Manson would teach all night. All would listen sad think it sounded a little screwy, but still they would believe all he said. His acid trips got continually more violent. He started raving about the race war in which the oppressed blacks would rise to slaughter all of the whites. He said the Beatles sent messages of the Armaggeddon through the “White Album”with songs such as “Helter Skelter”, “Revolution”, and “Piggies.” He played the album endlessly (Farquhar 6).
Along with the music, Charlie was amused by his sexual power. He said women were to service men, and bear their children. Men were also created kings, and He was the king of kings. One night in July 1969, twenty family members gathered for an orgy. Manson said “everyone make love to everybody”(qtd. in Aarons 3). Everyone layed on the floor and touched and made love to ...

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They then left the scene (Aarons 3).
This night of murders shocked everyone, but Manson was not going to let down. The next night he sent Leslie Van Houten along for the job. Leno Labianca, the owner of a string of grocery stores, and his wife, Rosemary were ambushed at their suburban home. Leslie held Rosemary down while Patricia stabbed her. She was struggling quite a bit, so Tex finished the job with a bayonet. Then Tex told Leslie to stab her because everyone must get dirty, and she did sixteen more times. This was just abuse, because she was probably already dead. All told, the couple was stabbed eighty-seven times. A carving fork was left in Leno’s stomach, and a Knife in ...

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Added: 5/9/2004 06:14:33 AM
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