Who Is Charles Manson?

Who is Charles Manson? Learn about his life before he was released from the U.S Penitentiary in 1967 and before his life with 'The Family'.

Charles Manson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 12, 1934. His mother, Kathleen Maddox, was just sixteen at the time of his birth. The only father the boy knew was William Manson, who adopted him after his marriage to Kathleen. This marriage was brief, leaving Charlie fatherless to an unfit mother.

At the age of nine Charles was sent to reform school after being caught stealing, kicking off his life of crime. Again, caught stealing, at 12 years old he was sent off to a boys school in Indiana. Less than a year later Charlie ran away and lived on the streets until he was caught again and sent away. Not more than a few days later Charlie committed his first armed robbery, at the age of 13.

In 1951 Manson set out for California, making his way there by auto theft. Before he could make it to his destination Charlie was caught in Utah and again sent away. While in this institution Charlie under-went many aptitude tests concluding that he was illiterate, homosexual, and dangerous. Later that year he was transferred to a federal reformatory after sodomizing another boy.



Charlie was released on parole in 1954 at the age of 19. Early in 1955 Charlie married and had a son, Charles Manson Jr. Later that year, while in Los Angeles with his wife and child, Charlie was sent to prison in San Pedro for three years. While in prison his wife divorced him. He had a child with another wife, also named Charles.

At the age of 26, after many more theft charges, Charlie was sentenced to the U.S Penitentiary in Washington for violation of probation, theft and rape. Manson remained in the penitentiary until the age of 32 when he was released on March 21, 1967.

After his release Charlie continued to live a life of crime in the California area, until he was arrested and charged with murder in 1970.

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