Charles Manson – An Incarcerated Life

By | Nov 12, 2008

Charles Manson was born on November 12, 1934. His mother Kathleen Maddox was a 16-year-old unmarried mother. When he was born he was first known as ‘no name Maddox’. Then he was called Charles Miles Maddox and finally Charles Miles Manson. Kathleen Maddox was married for a time after his birth to William Manson.

Manson’s youth was one of pure turmoil. His mother was always in trouble with the law and spent time in prison. Manson spent time with an aunt and uncle and at the age of 13 was placed in a foster home. From there he was involved in both juvenile and then adult crimes.

By the time he was 32, when he was released from a second prison term on March 21, 1967, Manson had already spend more than half of his life in prison or other confinement institutions. At this time he considered prison his home and had requested to remain there.

During the Summer of Love of 1967 he found himself in the San Francisco area. There he learned to play the guitar and began gathering women like a coin collector gathering coins. By the end of the summer he was living in an apartment with as many as 19 women.

At the end of the summer he began roaming the west coast with a caravan of followers. In the spring of 1968 they found themselves in the company of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. And in August of 1968 Manson and his ‘Family’ moved to Spahn Ranch.

Presently Manson is in the Protective Housing Unit at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California. He was arrested in Late 1969-Early 1970, along with other members of his Family for the Tate-LaBianca murders. Even though evidence has not shown that Charles Manson murdered anyone, he was convicted as being the one who ordered the murders. Upon conviction he was sentenced to death. However that sentence was converted to life in prison when the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in the case State of California v. Robert Page Anderson. Even though this determination has been overruled by a California Constitution amendment, the sentence of Life in Prison remains. His next eligibility for parole occurs in 2012.


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