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Charles Manson Dead

A reminder of evil times past:

 

The man who masterminded one of the most heinous murder sprees in American history — is dead  … this according to the sister of his famous victim.

Debra Tate tells TMZ she received a call from the prison telling her Manson died 8:13 PM Sunday.

We’re told the prison is contacting all of the victims’ families.

Manson was recently wheeled into Bakersfield hospital and escorted by 5 uniformed cops. Our sources had said at the time, “It’s just a matter of time.” He was covered in blankets and looked ashen in the gurney.

TMZ broke the story … Manson was taken from Corcoran State Prison to the hospital back in January where he was being treated for intestinal bleeding.

As we reported … Manson was supposed to undergo surgery but it was deemed too risky.

Manson has been locked up since his arrest in December 1969 for the Tate-LaBianca murders. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit the slayings, which occurred one day after the next in August 1969.

 

Go here to read the rest. Charles Miles Maddox, known as Charles Miles Manson, founded a muderous cult known as the Manson Family.  A petty criminal, Manson spent his life in and out of state and federal prisons, being released in 1967.  Manson for years was fixated on starting a race war in which he would play the role in the apocalyptic aftermath of Jesus Christ.  That summary does too much credit for the ravings of Manson who clearly was mentally ill.  One of his followers Catherine Share stated how Manson’s fixation on the Beatles helped initiate what Manson called the Helter Skelter scenario:

“When the Beatles’ White Album came out, Charlie listened to it over and over and over and over again. He was quite certain that the Beatles had tapped in to his spirit, the truth—that everything was gonna come down and the black man was going to rise. It wasn’t that Charlie listened to the White Album and started following what he thought the Beatles were saying. It was the other way around. He thought that the Beatles were talking about what he had been expounding for years. Every single song on the White Album, he felt that they were singing about us. The song ‘Helter Skelter’—he was interpreting that to mean the blacks were gonna go up and the whites were gonna go down.”

It says much for just how bizarre the late sixties were in the 1960s, and how many lost souls were running around, especially in California, that Manson had no problem, although clearly crazy and dangerous, in assembling a following eager to do his bidding.

As a result of this lunacy a total of seven people would be murdered in the Tate-LaBianca murders, on August 9 and August 10, 1969, with Manson and his followers attempting to leave clues that would convince the police that Black militants had performed the slayings.

Being a bunch of drug-besotten losers, the plan quickly backfired with Manson and his loons being arrested and placed on trial.  Manson was sentenced to death with his death sentence being commuted to life imprisonment, following the California Supreme Court ruling that the death penalty was unconstitutional in 1972.  As a result of this, the relatives of the victims had to relive the crimes each time that Manson came up for parole, he would appeal before the parole board twelve times, and they testified that he should never breathe free air again. The board on his last appearance noted that Manson had never given any sign of remorse for his crimes.  His next parole hearing would have been when he had attained the age of 92.  He was 83 at the time of his death.

It is chilling to recall that a portion of the hard left regarded Manson as a hero back in 1969:

The charismatic Bernardine Dohrn, later a friend of Barack and Michelle Obama, feverishly told Weatherman followers: “Dig it: first they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the victim’s stomach. Wild!”

When I asked Weatherman Mark Rudd why his otherwise intelligent friends paid homage to Manson, he told me: “We wanted to be bad.”

Like Dohrn, Rolling Stone later went on to enjoy mainstream respectability despite publishing bizarre views on one of the twentieth century’s most notorious serial killers. Whereas Manson looked every bit the madman on the cover of Life, he appeared as a visionary on the front page of Rolling Stone. Therein, the magazine depicted Manson’s refusal to offer an insanity plea as a principled stand and characterized his criticism of the legal system as “obviously accurate in many ways.” In calling him Charlie, a first-name-basis intimacy later reserved for Madonna, Prince, Bruce, and other singing celebrities, the magazine actively sought to humanize the man who dehumanized so many.

Other underground newspapers went further. The Los Angeles-based Tuesday’s Child proclaimed, “Manson: Man of the Year” on one cover and depicted Manson as Jesus Christ dying on the cross under the tag “Hippie” on another. The Los Angeles Free Press ran a weekly column penned by Manson. The Other, playing off controversial remarks made by the president, headlined an issue “Manson Declares Nixon Guilty.” Upon the release of an album of Manson’s music, several underground newspapers provided advertising for it gratis.

Go here to read the rest.

One of his followers, Lynette Alice, “Squeaky”, Fromme attempted to assassinate President Ford on September 5, 1975.  Sentenced to life imprisonment, she was paroled in 2009.

Looking back on the evil, wasted life of Charles Manson we see the end to which the misuse of free will can drive a person, and the mystery of why Christ died for even such as Charles Manson, but God can love even when Man can’t.

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

20 Comments

  1. A darkness was Charlie’s light. Nurtured and cultivated into a form of identity that he adopted as his own… Swastika and all.

    22The light of thy body is thy eye. If thy eye be single, thy whole body shall be lightsome. 23But if thy eye be evil thy whole body shall be darksome. If then the light that is in thee, be darkness: the darkness itself how great shall it be.”
    Matthew 6:22,23

    Praying for souls in hell is useless.
    One Hail Mary for this dark soul in case he made it to Purgatory.

  2. That the lot of them were not executed and that any one of them was ever considered for parole is an indictment of the criminal justice industry in California.

  3. Our Lady said that the devil had been given free reign in the last half of the 20th century. Slouching toward Gomorrah, some states were contemplating banning the death penalty for capital murder. In California, six years in prison and the criminal was released. Charles Manson came up for release. It was a Catholic attorney who said “NO”. He started a nationwide petition to keep Manson in prison. The petition proved fruitful and Manson was kept in prison. Thank God.
    One Hail Mary for the release of Charles Manson from purgatory. See here the principle of separation of church and state. People can pray for murderers but the murderer must pay his debt to society and Justice, the temporal punishment for capital murder.
    Mother of Sorrows pray for us.
    Mary also said that the devil would be chained and sent back to hell in the first half of the 21st century.

  4. from Wikipedia: “Manson was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life without parole after California invalidated the state’s death penalty statute in 1972. He served out his life sentence at California State Prison in Corcoran. In 2017, he died of natural causes at the age of 83”
    Manson got to live. Manson’s victims got to die.

  5. “That the lot of them were not executed and that any one of them was ever considered for parole is an indictment of the criminal justice industry in California.”

    Indeed, and of the moral rot that has infested the West since the Sixties.

  6. Manson mentally ill? No, he was a cold, cunning, psychopath. The control he had over his cult members shows he had a mind that was capable of planning out things he wanted to do. If he was mentally ill, why didn’t the authorities in California put him in an institution for the criminally insane?

  7. The legal battle to keep Manson in prison was led by a Catholic attorney and was headlined in The National Catholic Register. The work may be found in their archives. I signed the petition to keep Manson in jail. Some university students led a rally with banners to free Manson (and Mumia Abu – Jamal) As far as a corrupted system Conrad Jeffries, in prison for the criminally insane after having stabbed his girlfriend to death was released because he was so insane no one knew how to handle him. Within two weeks Jeffries kidnapped seven year old Divina Genao from her fenced in yard, raped and murdered her. When the police burst into the room. Jeffries said that the murderer had just ran out the back entrance. The police gave chase. Jesse Timmendaquas too was released from Avenel for sex offenders within weeks Timmendaquas raped and murdered Megan Kanka. New Jersey had banned capital punishment so Timmendaquas sits in solitary confinement 23 years. Timmemdaquas has his “basic good”. Megan Kanka had her “basic good” taken from her.The list goes on Amanda Weingert, Eddie Werner, Adam Walsh. The devil hates innocent children.
    It was not Sharon Tate, It was her unborn child the devil destroyed. Manson was possessed by the devil.

  8. “If he was mentally ill, why didn’t the authorities in California put him in an institution for the criminally insane?”

    You can have quite a few screws loose and still be deemed sufficiently sane to be held criminally responsible.

  9. The state cannot return the baby raping murderer to original innocence. Only the Catholic Church through the Sacrament of Penance absolves the crime and returns the baby raping murderer to original innocence. Any real, contrite murderer will remember his sin.
    The state of New Jersey has paid out hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars to the families of victims who were put in double jeopardy of life, double jeopardy of their “basic good” of human life by the malfeasance of officials. Instead of having their “basic good” of life safeguarded by the state as is directed by our purpose in The Preamble “… to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (constitutional) Posterity.”, the innocent, minor children fell victim to the social experiments of the state and lost their “basic good” of their life.
    The New Natural Law Theory of the “basic good” of human life needs to be laid to rest with its victims, Megan Kanka, Adam Walsh, Divina Genao, Eddie Werner, Amanda Weingert and those victims never found or accounted for and those people cannibalized by Jeffry Dahmer and his ilk.
    Let the capital murderers choose: electric chair, lethal injection, firing squad, millstone about the neck in the depths of the river, thrown into a burning house to get practice for where their soul is going twenty minutes alone on international waters with the victim’s parents or being parachuted into the Amazon jungle where the Hevero Indians, the headhunters, and the cannibals will have at them if they can escape the spiders and the snakes.

  10. The use of capital punishment was called for in the case of Charles Manson..and many of his ilk. Soft headed dufuses in the Catholic Church hierarchy who call for the end of the death penalty in such cases have not suffered the results of the actions of these people.

  11. “The use of capital punishment was called for in the case of Charles Manson..and many of his ilk. Soft headed dufuses in the Catholic Church hierarchy who call for the end of the death penalty in such cases have not suffered the results of the actions of these people.“

    From your keyboard to God’s eyes!

  12. What much of the nation doesn’t know is that, even here in wayward, marijuana-addled California, the people of the state overturned a 1972 decision (California v. Anderson) with Proposition 17 and reinstated the death penalty. A few years later they’re removed then-Chief Justice Rose Bird and two associate justices, for obfuscating every single death penalty case they heard. In 2012 and 2016, propositions to end the death penalty were soundly defeated. Even here, and the Emerald City of Leftism, people know the death penalty serves a vital purpose.

    The fact that Charles Manson was able to escape the just punishment for his crime, and of the decades-old obstruction of the will of the people, is a signal blackmark on the state and its political princes and a hallmark of the Hidden Establishment that really runs it, even against the repeated will of the people, drug-addled as they are.

  13. I wonder what we’ll think of the mass murderers of the more recent years. As messed-up as our society is these days, I can’t see us revering any of them the way the last generation did with Manson.

  14. The fever swamps of Twitter have been filled all week long, according to a friend of mine who spends a lot of time following political tweets, with leftists comparing Manson to Trump and claiming that he was in effect the “founder of the alt-right.” The fact of his lionization by the loony left in the 70’s and beyond is conveniently ignored. Thanks for this more objective review.

  15. I still like the M’Naghten rule for determining criminal sanity. Had it been properly applied in many of our more famous murders, a proper example would have been made and an effective message sent.

  16. “One of his followers, Lynette Alice, “Squeaky”, Fromme attempted to assassinate President Ford on September 5, 1975. Sentenced to life imprisonment, she was paroled in 2009.“

    Why not parole Fromme? After all, life in prison is nothing more than a “hidden death penalty”. And the death penalty is contrary to the Gospel According to Bergoglio.

  17. Ordinarily, I’d suggest 30-odd years in prison for attempted murder was enough. The thing is, both Fromme and Sara Jane Moore escaped from prison during the course of their sentence (Fromme multiple times, IIRC). You have to be harsh with that. (And fire some people in the chain of command there; that people with the skill sets those two had can escape from a federal prison suggests security therein is quite lax.

    Advocate McKenna has been saying for some time that those of the public interest bar are purveyors of guises and poses and that once capital sentences were replaced with LWOP, they would begin agitating contra LWOP. Francis with his loose tongue lets the cat out of the bag. Their real objection is that the police and the courts trade in punishment and not social work. See C.S. Lewis for how sinister that is.

  18. “Ordinarily, I’d suggest 30-odd years in prison for attempted murder was enough.”

    I would be inclined to say that attempted assassination of a sitting president warrants life.

  19. “…those of the public interest bar are purveyors of guises and poses and that once capital sentences were replaced with LWOP, they would begin agitating contra LWOP. “

    Gee, ya think?

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