Containing Multitudes Since 2004
You never know which way a life is going to turn...I've always been fascinated by this pissed-off little hippie. I did my term paper in high school on him several years after the murders. Not out of any sense of admiration, but because the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Viet Nam, Woodstock and Watergate were being done to death. As I said, I found (and still find) the Manson story fascinating. But the lives he took were hardly a fair trade for the forty year freakshow the Manson family became.
Looking a little like a young Tobey Maguire, in his 'Aw, gee whiz' Pleasantville/Cider House Rules days, in the 'Before' photo.
The "angelic" photo was taken in 1947, three days before Manson and another boy escaped from Boys Town. During their escape, the boys "graduated" (according to Vincent Bugliosi) from burglaries to violent crime by committing two armed robberies while traveling to the boy's uncle, who used them to commit burglaries. In 1951, a case worker characterized Manson as "violently antisocial." The next year, and one month before he was likely to be paroled from a minimum security camp, Manson held a razor to another boy's throat and forcibly sodomized him. God knows, Manson had a hellish childhood. But, in this case, the child was, indeed, the father of the man.
He kinda looks like Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer in that first photo...with Audie Murphy eyes.
He practically begged not to be released the last time he was. He was already institutionalized and knew he couldn't function in society. Sadly, there was no way of telling how right he was.
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