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Transcript of Charles Manson
The Man and His Plan
The Created Criminal: Manson & Antisocial Personality Disorder
Circumstances in his early life taught Manson to turn to a life of crime. He was at risk of developing Antisocial Personality from birth, and his life experiences only made it worse.
Organized Or Disorganized?
Charles Manson's crimes were a mixture of both organized and disorganized characteristics. Since he depended on others to carry out some of the murders they're own personal emotions became a factor.
On one hand, the murders that were carried out were planned attacks. The Manson family were given orders to target certain people, showing that these offenses were not entirely spontaneous.
Must Have a History
In order to be classified as having Antisocial Personality disorder there needs to be a history of misconduct before age 15.
Lack of Remorse/Justification for Actions
Charles Manson did not feel bad about his actions. He felt that the murders he ordered were justified, and were all fated to happen. He willingly manipulated others to do sick things, and they felt to remorse for their actions either.
Manson's control over his "family" was very dependent on his role as the messiah in the upcoming race war. His prediction of the blood that would spill in the summer of '69 was not coming true, so he took the burden into his own hands. He had to make sure his predictions came true so that his followers did not lose faith in him.
To Avenge an Insult
Manson was insulted that Terry Melcher had refused to sign him, and wanted to get some sort of revenge. He decided to kill high profile people who represented the industry that had shunned him.
The Rational Choice Theory
The Rational choice theory asserts that crimes are committed for the benefits they will bring the person acting. If they believe they will gain something from committing the crime, they will do so.
Weapons Weren't Left
Another sign of organized criminals is not leaving the weapon at the scene. The Manson family did not leave weapons at the scene, they brought them with them after their acts.
Sloppy Crime Scenes
There were bodies in several random locations in the Tate murders, which made the crime scene very sloppy. There was a body in a vehicle, and there was a great amount of evidence that suggested a struggle. The whole scene was very disorganized and messy.
Manson was the leader of a cult largely made up of very impressionable young women, who he manipulated into doing his bidding.
Helter Skelter what the name of the apocalyptic race war he claimed the world was on the brink of, and he was the messiah to lead his "family" through it. He believed that black people would overthrow all white people and dominate the world, but would need someone to teach show them how to rule. Charles was just the man for the job.
The Manson family is believed to have killed an upward of 35 people, but it was the shocking murders of several notable people in the summer of '69 that made them infamous.
High Profile Killer
The murders the family is most famous for is the "Tate-La Bianca" murders, the brutal slaying of director Roman Polanski's pregnant wife and several others who were in her home, and the murder of the La Bianca's the following day.
Leading up to these murders was Manson's brief stay with a member of the Beach Boys, and an audition with a record executive in Roman Polanski's home. Charles was rejected, which greately upset him, and helped to fuel a plan of revenge that would grab the attention of the world, and start his predicted race war.
Manson created a hit list of famous people that the Family would target, including Elizabeth Tyler, Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, and Tom Jones. The first on his list, however, was Polanski, since his house represented his rejection.
The Murder and Arrests
All of the people involved in these murders received life prison sentences. Many of them died in prison, or are there to this day.
Manson ordered his several of his followers to carry out the murders, in a horrible attempt to both draw attention to himself, and spark interracial tension. The Tate murders claimed a total of 5 lives in an incredibly gruesome manner, and the La Bianca murders another 2.
The Manson family was not immediately suspected in these murders. Several members of the family, including Susan Atkins, were taken into custody for unrelated charges. Once in prison Susan bragged about the murders that the family had carried out.
There were several reasons Manson chose to have these murders committed.
To Gain Respect and Attention
Manson's disciples bragged about what they had done to others, to spread his reputation and show that he was the true leader who knew what the future he held.
The more high-profile the victims were the more people would see his actions. This would get Charles the attention he craved, and fulfill his need for respect from his followers.
Manson's crimes can be explained by the symptoms of antisocial personality disorder.
By that time Manson had already run away from school, and participated in a series of burglaries to support himself.
Manipulation of Others to Benefit Yourself
Those with Antisocial personality disorder will manipulate others to gain some personal benefit. Charles Manson used drugs to influence the state of mind of his followers, and then instructed them to do his bidding.
The Acts Were Very Impulsive
The brutal nature of the crimes, and later confessions of the perpetrators suggest that the murders were very impulsive and fueled by excitement. The level of violence towards the victims was spontaneous, which is a factor in disorganized criminals.