With his sect “The Family”, he had killed seven people in Los Angeles in August 1969, including the wife of Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate.
Charles Manson could have been the name of a marginal hippie singer from Los Angeles. In the 1960s, at the peak of the “Flower Power” years, he had indeed composed several pieces, and had almost failed to associate with Dennis Wilson, the drummer and founding member of the Beach Boys. His name is finally entered into history by the most macabre door, and he will be remembered as the morbid guru of a criminal sect called The Family. In August 1969, he had urged his followers – most of whom were young women – to stab seven people, including Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski’s wife, who was 26 years old and eight months pregnant.
Charles Manson died on November 19 at the age of 83 at a hospital in Bakersfield, California, where he was rushed. He was serving a life sentence because the California Supreme Court had abolished capital punishment in the state in 1972.
In the 1960s, he founded a community in the California desert called The Family. It had 25 members, mostly girls who saw him as a Christ figure. It was mostly a sect of which he was the guru. Persuaded that the world was running at the Apocalypse, and that it was necessary to prepare to defend against Black’s takeover of the whites, he had devised a plan to provoke a racial conflict. So he wanted to blame the Black community of Los Angeles for the murders of Sharon Tate and four of his friends in a beautiful neighborhood. This racist prophecy was announced in his words by Helter Skelter, the Beatles, explains the swastika he had tattooed on his forehead. He was found guilty of committing these crimes, as well as two others that occurred in the summer of 1969.
What is really interesting is the sort of marketing or, for the least, their influence on our pop culture. Since then, Charles Manson was the epitome of evil in the United States, even though his guru’s grip was such that hippies continued to defend him throughout his incarceration. This morbid story has inspired many writers and filmmakers. For example, American writer Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Color of the Night (2011), told us: “Manson was the most effective terrorist in America. He had only six casualties, but he had a frightful fright all over the country, he persuaded people that their children wanted to kill them. ” More recently, The Girls, by Emma Cline, is inspired by the Manson family to better probe the subjugation of teens to a monstrous guru.
What is interesting is the definite attraction from the public for those criminals. Serial killers stories have inspired many artists. They always did, look at director Fincher works and inspirations from ‘Seven’ to ‘Zodiac’ and ‘Mindhunter’. And I don’t even tall about thousands of books, films and content that were related by the horror they were perpetrating. If you like artefacts, you can even go to websites like Serialkillersink.net to have access to items mainstream sites refuse to sell. Musical artists have also been inspired by this story. Marilyn Manson borrowed his name, and recorded an album (Portrait of an American Family) in the house where Sharon Tate was murdered. And the Kasabian group takes its name from Linda Kasabian, a member of the Family who kept watch, but did not kill, during the murder of Sharon Tate and her friends. She even chose to testify against Manson to escape prosecution. Quentin Tarantino is preparing a film about the murder of Sharon Tate.
This fascination must nurture their existence in a sense. The fascination of the people did not bring brands to play with it too much but surely the culture is definitely influenced by their morbid stories. Being honest, they are maintaining our darkest sides of our personality. And most of the times, it makes us feel kinda…good.