17 Things You Didn't Know About Charles Manson And His Final Years

On August 9, 1969, Charles Manson went down in history as the most cold-blooded killer the world had ever known when he organized the murder of actress Sharon Tate. Today, he is still known as the US cult leader that killed seven people in Los Angeles in 1969. But on Saturday, November 18, 2017, the whole world was once again shocked to find out that the man was no longer living. After spending almost fifty years in prison Charles Manson has passed away.

It is said that he died of natural causes while in a prison hospital. Now, wouldn’t you like to be his nurse. Talk about nightmares! This is Charles Manson, the man who gave teen girls illegal substances and convinced him that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. He led them to believe that the world would soon end and they would need to do what he said if they wanted to survive it by his side as its new ruler. No one knows how many people were killed, but it all ended with Sharon Tate, the famous actress who was eight months pregnant when they took her life.

We all know of Charles Manson and the infamous Manson Family. But how much do you really know about his life, especially his final years?

17 He Spoke To Interviewers On his Deathbed About Things That Have Yet To Be Revealed

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Death can do crazy things to a man. When Charles Manson was told he was going to die, he started opening up with nothing to lose. He told interviewers things he’d never told anyone in his life. One interviewer claims that soon, there will be information released on how the 5-year-old went from being a sweet young boy to a vengeful, murderous 35-year-old. We’ve always known he was a racist Nazi, but just how he got to be that way is a little fuzzy. Something has to have happened.

One journalist looking for answers said, “I wanted to find out how did a petty criminal become this evil mastermind? To get young kids, how did he get them to murder people? It is kind of a grotesque, but I wanted to show his early experiences right to the night of those murders.”

He is conducting a series called Young Charlie which is available on iTunes. He says, “By the end of the series there will be no mystery [about Manson]. It is horrifying, grotesque, macabre. I wanted to find out what allowed him to have that astonishing manipulative quality.”

16 His Next Parole Hearing Would Have Been In 2027

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Charles Manson’s last parole hearing was in 2012, when he was 77. He was denied this parole hearing when the panel "could find nothing good as far as suitability." To make things worse, he didn’t even show up for the hearing. After this, they set his next parole hearing for 2027. When this happened, the panel said that he likely wouldn’t live to see his next hearing when he’d be 92, and it seems they were right.

One commissioner said that there was “no indication of remorse for his nine murder convictions.” He had never participated in any self-help programs or vocational training, so it seems he never wanted help. He was right where he wanted to be.

Even though he claimed he didn’t do anything wrong, he still stated in an interview with a psychologist something very dark: "I am special. I am not like the average inmate. I have put five people in the grave. I've been in prison most of my life. I'm a very dangerous man.”

15 He Almost Married When He Was 79

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In 2013, when Charles Manson was 79 years old, 27-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, now known as Star, got engaged to Manson. After exchanging letters, it seemed the two really clicked. The reason that she wanted to be with him so desperately was mysterious. She seemed to be decently normal and had no history of being part of the Manson Family fan club. The truth was soon revealed that she was actually just hoping that she would gain possession of Manson's body. Yep, already planning for the death that occurred last week. She thought that being his wife would let her take his body after he died and put it on display at a museum she would build.

That’s some sick stuff that you thought only happened in movies. How many people would want to go see his body? How many would pay to see it? I’d say there’s better ways to make a fortune.

14 He Has Accrued 108 Serious Disciplinary Violations In Prison

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As expected, Charles Manson was an awful prisoner. He has broken just about every rule that the prison he was in had. The California Department of Corrections states that it really began in 1972 when he realized that he had no chance of getting out of this (this was also before he knew that he would not be executed). So he really had nothing to lose. The first small sign of disrespect in prison was in October 1972 when Charles refused to shave according to dress code.

This was followed by much more serious counts in the 70s, such as assaulting the staff, spitting and threatening staff, and physically abusing correctional officers. Then, in the 80s, he became determined when he found a way to possess marijuana and a hacksaw blade. It got worse because in the 90s, he attacked a non-prisoner somehow, and began drug trafficking.

13 He Became A Model Inmate In his Recent Years

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Over the last few years, Charles had gotten far too accustomed to life in prison, seeing it as his home. In doing so, he comfortably followed the rules most of the time. Over the past two decades, he hasn’t gotten in too much trouble. His most recent count was a refusal to provide a urine sample in 2015. This was likely because he was either a tired old man or had drugs in his system. Either way, he really did straighten up and was really easy for the guards to deal with.

No one who is mentally stable has ever condoned what he did, but young inmates have looked up to him in recent years considering he’d been there for 50 years. If only it hadn’t taken him that long to realize that he couldn’t beat the system and that his life would be much easier if he just complied.

12 It Was Recently Found Out That He Lied About His Mother


Sources often tell us that Manson’s mother who had him at sixteen didn’t really want him. This may be true but the story Manson told has been said by authorities to be full of nothing but lies. That’s because he led everyone to believe that when he was born, his mother didn’t wish to name his so she put “No Name” on his birth certificate. This is likely true but the other thing he said was that when he was a toddler, she sold him to a waitress that she worked with for a pitcher of beer.

Outside sources say that this is a fabricated story that Charles used to manipulate the people. The truth is that when he was 13, he was taken away from his mother. After being put in foster care, he ran away to be with her. This is when the story starts. She rejected him, saying she didn’t wish to see him. This is likely what angered Charles enough to make him create the story that he told the world.

11 In 2008 The Manson Ranch Was Searched And Very Disturbing Things Were Found

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Deep in the boulder-cluttered Panamint Range sits a small, cozy ranch known as Barker Ranch. The only way to reach it is on foot through rugged and treacherous terrain. Streams allow this valley to be a fertile land… fertile enough to live off of. The place is quite nice. They have a large farmhouse, a guest house, and a 5,000 gallon swimming pool.

The ranch was first used as a storage and shop place for the mining community, but in 1968, Charles Manson learned about Barker Ranch and somehow convinced the owners to let him and his “family” stay there. This ranch is where Charles Manson and his family were found. Charles was hiding under the bathroom vanity. This was all we heard about the ranch until early 2008, when forensic investigators performed testing at the ranch for possible buried human remains. The search came up with no results… or so they say. In 2009, a fire destroyed much of the evidence, which was often believed to be lit by one of Manson’s own followers.

10 He Denied It All Up Until The Day He Died

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Since 1969, Charles has been denying that he had anything to do with the murders that he ordered so long ago. He even once stated that he didn’t know what the word “care” meant. The man spent 50 years – over half of his life – in prison, so really, what reason did he have to admit the truth? He knew he would be hated either way. He knew his followers would love him no matter what. To them, he is Christ reincarnate.

As far as we know, he never told a single soul what happened. In fact, we see everything he’s ever said as a lie, a big show to capture attention, which was his goal. Doctors have diagnosed him with schizophrenia and a paranoid delusional disorder. But he isn’t an unintelligent man. In fact, he received his GED in prison despite dropping out of school in third grade, and he has had his IQ tested, which has been posted as 121, far above your average human.

9 He’s Been In And Out Of The Hospital For Years

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The real reason that he hasn’t broken one rule since he was found with a cell phone in February of 2016 was because he’s been very sick. For years, he’s suffered from problems that have landed him in and out of the hospital. But it wasn’t until January 1, 2017, that Manson was suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding at California State Prison in Corcoran so bad that officials began to worry. He was soon rushed to Mercy Hospital in downtown Bakersfield. He was so ill that doctors said that he was "too weak" for surgery.

Then, on November 15, 2017, he was back in the hospital;  this time everyone present knew that he was on his death bed. He died of natural causes on November 19, a week after his 83rd birthday. The truth is that it was known all year that he wouldn’t make it long. But none of the sources were legally qualified to speak on his behalf.

8 His Former Follower Now Owns A Christian Ministry From Inside Prison

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You may know the women of the Manson family, but Charles "Tex" Watson is not one that often hits headlines. In reality, it was Watson who led the murders in 1969, but not with much guilt and regret. He knew he couldn’t avoid prison and accepted his fate. But he also knew he needed to turn his life around. To do this, he created a foundation called Abounding Love Ministries.

He sets out to let the truth be known, even going so far as to send complaints to Wikipedia from prison about representing his story truthfully. His full story is on his ministry site, open for the whole world to see. He talks about how he met Charles, what kind of person Charles was, how he forgave him, and how God gave him a life worth living. The same can be said for one of the girls, Susan Atkins, who formed a prison ministry as well.

7 Bryan Cranston Of Breaking Bad Just Admitted That He Had Met Manson

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You may know Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, but one thing you don’t know is that he met one of the coldest killers on the planet. A recent tweet from Cranston states, “Hearing Charles Manson is dead, I shuddered,” Cranston wrote. “I was within his grasp just one year before he committed brutal murder in 1969. Luck was with me when a cousin and I went horseback riding at the Span Ranch, and saw the little man with crazy eyes whom the other hippies called Charlie.”

In 2016, the man spoke of this exact meeting: “I didn’t actually meet Charles Manson, but I was as close as I am to you. We were renting the horses and this young guy, bearded guy, came in screaming, ‘Charlie’s on the hill!’ And about a dozen people galloped away. On the horse was this little bearded guy with big, dark eyes and wild hair. It was crazy. I couldn’t take my eyes off him,” Cranston said, adding that he immediately recognized Manson after his capture.”

6 Youngest Manson Member Recently Shared Her Story Of How She Fell In Love With The Murderer

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Dianne Lake was the youngest member of the Manson family. For decades she has been silent, traumatized over what happened. But just recently, she decided it was time to break it, as she’s ready to tell her tale.

At 64, she revealed that she had been with Manson when she was just 14 years old when she met him at a part and the 34-year-old convinced her to take the party elsewhere in mere hours. She said that he was very attractive and affectionate. She even said that after he went to prison he made the "the hair on the back of her neck" stand up. She would say, "He made you feel like you were his one and only love, you know? And yes, there were other girls, but we all shared him. He made you feel really special, and specially loved."

Her entire story is told in her memoir, Member of the Family, where she opens up about Charles, their relationship, and the rest of the girls.

5 Quentin Tarantino’s Next Movie Is About Charles Manson

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Quentin Tarantino is a legend who seems to know just what will be a hit. Lucky for him, before Manson was even on his deathbed, Sony won a biding war for his next movie. It will be a drama set in Los Angeles in the 1970s during the time of the Manson murders. The movie is currently called #9, since it’s the Tarantino’s ninth movie. Word has it that the bidding war was fierce as Sony narrowly beat Paramount, Warner Bros. Fox, Universal, Annapurna, and Lionsgate in the attempt to get Tarantino to write for them.

Not much is known about the movie yet, but since Manson has just died, it’s safe to say that the movie may be even more popular than expected. Rumor has it Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio are in the running for Manson and Margot Robbie will likely play Sharon Tate.

4 He Wasn’t A Violent Young Man

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He wasn't a violent young man until he started reading. For the first twenty-some years of his life, Manson was just your average young, non-violent convict. He would steal and that’s about it. He never committed any crimes and didn’t try to manipulate anyone. He was content to live a life in and out of jail with no true purpose. But then he started reading How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie, which would completely change his life.

He realized that this book could teach him to control people and to manipulate them. His first victims were cellmates who he practiced on. He had never thought about using anyone else before he read this book. But when he started and he got addicted. The thrill and idea that he never had to do any dirty work was too strong. In short, the book helped to transform him from a messed-up kid into a sociopathic killer.

3 He Got 60,000 Letters A Year

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Over 99% of the world may hate Charles Manson, by every right. But just as The Problem Child would have us believe, he had his devoted fans. The fans often call themselves members of the Manson Family. These members often believe that he is a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Now, it all makes sense how so many believe Christians are so messed up. Anyone who could believe that this man is holy needs medical treatment.

But some of these people actually do believe that. There are two sides to this coin. Half of the people believe that he never committed the crimes and it’s the “black people” that framed him in the first place. How ironic. Then there’s the other half that know what he did and commend him for it, believing that he knew what he was doing. It should be stated that many of these are women who hope that Manson will simply “notice them.”

2 He Was A Successful Musician

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Charles Manson loved music. But did you know he also created his own? His music has become so popular due to who he is that artists like Guns & Roses, as well as Marilyn Manson have covered his work on multiple occasions. His eerie music can still be found today on YouTube, both by the cover artists and the original artist himself. He would often sing them in prison and while doing interviews.

If you listen to his music, you can actually hear the “killer instinct” that resides in him. It wasn’t easy to get signed back in the day, as his music was rather dark for the 60s. Record companies declined to become involved, but that didn’t stop him from making his music. Most of his fans arrived after he went to prison. Some of his most famous songs were "Cease to Exist," a song the Beach Boys had recorded in modified form as "Never Learn Not to Love." His first album had only 2000 copies made, but each came with a poster that was put out by "A Joint Venture" and that bore signatures of many prisoners and inmates, all supporting Manson and the Family.

1 He Was Happy For A While Due To His Marriage

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At 21 years old, Charles married a young woman named Rosalie Willis. It seemed that for the first time in his life, he was truly happy. He had turned his life around and was ready to make a name for himself, in a good way. But it seems he did so the wrong way, never having known anything else. When his wife was three months pregnant, they left for California to start a new life in a rather nice car. However, the car was stolen. This landed him back on probation that would soon send him back to jail.

His love visited him every chance she got. That is, until she met a free man to take care of her. When this happened, she left him and divorced him, completely obliterating any chance the man had at a normal life. It’s likely this was a turning point for Charles.

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