> > > https://nypost.com/2017/11/20/mass-murderer-charles-manson-dead-at-83/
> > It's funny that I keep seeing him referred to as a mass murderer, but he was never at the scene when the murders were committed. He just, shall we say, psychologically created the environment for his followers to justify doing the crimes. I used to know a guy who wore a Manson T shirt that had the caption "Charlie never killed anybody".
> Manson was a con man, no doubt, but I found him entertaining and would love to see a collection of interviews with him. Unfortunately, most of the interviews were conducted by asshole journalists who were afraid of making themselves look bad by not attacking or hounding Charlie for the answers of choice. A good interviewer may have been able to drag some the truth out of Charlie. I like the truth. People who relish in Manson's death are no different from guys like me who relish newspaper headlines of man-made and natural disasters. He may have killed. I'd guess at some point he probably did. So what? Still no proof. So I'm with you, OConnor, the dude was railroaded. Also, who are these people to say that Manson is going to hell, if there were such a place? How do they know? So they blast Manson for playing God with people's lives, yet they are doing the same thing, although with a bit less guts than Charlie had.
Manson wasn't railroaded, he was the mastermind behind ten cold-blooded murders, he was clearly criminally insane and needed to be put away for the rest of his natural life. In addition, it's a crying shame that California was legally unable to execute him about 40 years ago and we had to put with his shenanigans in the years since. He had a talent for psychologically brainwashing his followers to carry out his orders, with the help of LSD, to do things they would have found absolutely abhorrent before they met him. He filled those kids heads full of hate and told them it was the right thing to do to kill all those people, and they believed him and followed thru with the murders without reservation.
I find his interviews and parole hearings fascinating, in the way a lot of his responses to questions give a lot of insight into how his mind works and how truly insane he is.
I don't know that I would consider Manson a mass murderer, but that he figured out how to turn ordinary, law-abiding people into mass murderers, which is something far darker and more despicable.