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Charles Manson

Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) is an American criminal and musician who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca carried out by members of the group at his instruction. He was convicted of the murders through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes his fellow conspirators commit in furtherance of the conspiracy's objective. Manson believed in what he called "Helter Skelter," a term he took from the song of the same name by The Beatles. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles' song. He believed his murders would help precipitate that war. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanity, violence and the macabre. The term was later used by Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi as the title of a book he wrote about the Manson murders. At the time the Family began to form, Manson was an

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Charles Manson's Attorney Asks Obama For Help

Charles Manson's Attorney
Asks Obama For Help

Charles Manson's lawyer has just sent a fax to President Obama, asking for mercy.Giovanni Di Stefano -- known as "The Devil's Advocate" -- tells TMZ, he wants the Prez to set Manson free.Di… READ MORE >

Charles Manson -- My Prison Valentine

Charles Manson -- My Prison Valentine

He's 76 years old, but infamous slaughterer of people Charles Manson is still quite the lady killer ... in fact, TMZ has learned Chuckie got an early Valentine's Day prison visit from a special… READ MORE >

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TMZ Live -- Balloon, Mel and Manson Madness

TMZ Live -- Balloon, Mel and Manson Madness

Harvey, Mike, Max and Rick were on live today -- where they answered questions on the Heene family's past run-ins with the law, went on a random Charles Manson tangent and hit on Harvey's… READ MORE >

- 1887 days ago
Manson Gang Hideout -- The Smoldering Remains

Manson Gang Hideout -- The Smoldering Remains

TMZ has obtained a photo of Charles Manson's Death Valley hideout after a mysterious fire gutted the infamous building earlier this week.The fire completely gutted the inside of the structure… READ MORE >

- 2052 days ago
Charles Manson: 'Memba Him?!

Charles Manson
'Memba Him?!

Charles Manson is notorious for leading the depraved Manson family, who committed the heinous Tate/LaBianca murders in 1969. Guess what he looks like now. READ MORE >

- 2102 days ago
Hey Everyone ... Séance at Sharon Tate's!

Hey Everyone ... Séance at Sharon Tate's!

Get out your Ouija boards -- we got a séance going on!insertBCSinglePlayer(1719847183);Last night, on the 39th anniversary of the notorious Manson murders, a group of level-headed people… READ MORE >

- 2324 days ago
Manson Family Member -- Should She Go Free?

Manson Family Member -- Should She Go Free?

Manson Family member Susan Atkins should not become a free woman, at least if the L.A. County D.A. has his way.Atkins, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer and may have only six months to… READ MORE >

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