A Feral Child

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I was having a discussion yesterday in the office about Charles Manson getting married.  We decided that he is doing it as a massive FUCK YOU to the justice system.  He will never be really “married,” but he is certainly making a point.

I don’t understand women’s fascination with him.  He had control over his posse of women then just like he has over his fiance now.

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The Manson women in 1971.

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Manson’s fiance.  She shaved her head and carved the X two years ago to protest Manson being sent to solitary confinement.  They don’t put you in there for being a nice guy.

 I wonder who put that idea into her brain.  To hang out with someone like Manson.  I cannot help but wonder what her parents must be thinking.  Or the parents of any child who goes so far off the edge like this.  My heart aches for her family.  

Vincent Bugliosi, the attorney who prosecuted Manson, offers this explanation:

People are still fascinated by the Tate-LaBianca murders for two reasons: the gruesome nature of the murders and the lasting image people have of Charles Manson, with the maniacal stare and the swastika on his forehead.

“The name Manson has become a metaphor for evil, and there’s a side of human nature that’s fascinated by pure unalloyed evil.” 

And this crosses gender lines.  A young millenial I know well told me yesterday that he used to communicate with Manson several years ago through MySpace.  I was shocked.  But then I realized that was akin to leaning over a tiger’s cage with a piece of raw meat.  Some people think they are invincible and impervious to danger.

Manson was the illegitimate child of a 16 year girl from Ohio.   He was shuffled off to live with other people his entire childhood.  He was a throw-away.  Look at the life he created for himself.  I’m not saying I feel sorry for Charles Manson.  I don’t.  But I do understand the framework for why and how it happened.  I grew up in a small town with a boy very much like Charles Manson.  He was a feral child too – left to his own devices for the most part.  He was dangerous at age 10.  Everybody avoided him.  The perfect candidate for Charles Manson’s family.  I shudder at the thought.

Is is nurture vs nature?  I really don’t know.  It just makes me sad.

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