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7 Chilling Charles Manson Quotes

There’s no denying that Charles Manson was a psychopath. Over his many decades of incarceration for his multiple homicides, Manson never once showed remorse for his actions. At times, it seemed that he may have been incapable of understanding how his teachings and influence directly caused the deaths of the nine people he was convicted of.

But listening to Manson’s interviews, one gets the sense that he was certainly an intelligent man. He spoke with elegance, determination, and passion—qualities that would allow him to attract a group of followers he’d call the “Manson Family”. In every sense, they were his religious fanatics, willing to do anything he asked of them. Even kill.

Words have a power that few people seem to acknowledge. Try reading these Charles Manson quotes without a chill going up your spine.

“So How Do [You] Communicate To A Whole Group Of People?"

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Manson had this to say in an Interview with Penny Daniels for Inside Report in 1989. After the interview, Daniels would recall Manson’s charisma above all else. “He was either very, very smart or very very crazy or very very wily or a great actor, or most likely, all of the above. He was hypnotic. You sort of went into a trance listening to him. I could see why impressionable young people would follow him.”

Here is the full quote:

“So how do [you] communicate to a whole group of people? You stand up and take the worst fear symbol [swastika] and say 'There, now I've got your fear. Now I've got your fear.' And your fear is your power and your power is your control. I'm your king of this whole planet. I'm gonna rule this whole world.”

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“You Know, A Long Time Ago Being Crazy Meant Something”

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Manson said this irreverent quote in an Interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC in 1994. Kenny Kosar, the sound recordist during that interview, remembered how “the hair on the back of my neck stood up” the whole time while in Manson’s presence.

Here is the full quote:

“You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy.”

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“I Did Let Loose Devils And Demons With The Power Of Scorpions To Torment.”

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Manson was never granted parole. Partly, this was due to the heinous nature of his crimes, and partly it was due to the fact he never once showed any remorse. But it was also partly due to the fact he would make theatrical statements during his parole hearings, such as this one he made in 1986.

Here is the full quote:

“From behind the time locks of courtrooms and from the worlds of darkness, I did let loose devils and demons with the power of scorpions to torment.”

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“Anything You See In Me Is In You"

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The Rolling Stone managed to snag this quote from Manson just as his trial began in June of 1970. You can tell especially here how he could sway young, impressionable, and possibly drug-addled minds to his way of thinking with his religious tone.

Here is the full quote:

“Anything you see in me is in you. If you want to see a vicious killer, that's who you'll see, do you understand that? If you see me as your brother, that's what I'll be. It all depends on how much love you have. I am you, and when you can admit that, you will be free. I am just a mirror.”

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“Maybe I Should Have Killed Four-Five Hundred People"

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Up until his death, Manson never felt that he deserved to be incarcerated for the murders of Sharon Tate and eight others. This interview with MSNBC in 1987 showed just how far he’d have to go in order to feel like he deserved his punishment.

“Maybe I should have killed four-five hundred people, then I would have felt better. Then I would have felt like I really offered society something.”

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“You Have To Accept Yourself As God."

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If anything, during his later years, Manson began to sound even more evangelical, albeit with a somewhat satanic bent. This Vanity Fair interview from 2011 shows how Manson has accepted a sort of nihilism in his old age.

“You have to accept yourself as God." You have to realize you’re just the Devil just as much as you’re God, that you’re everything and you’re nothing at all.”

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“Death Is The Greatest Form Of Love.”

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Although nobody is quite sure when he said it, this chilling quote is always attributed to Manson. You can also find it on t-shirts.

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