A Feral Child

Captain’s Log   5,941

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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18 responses to “A Feral Child

  1. Perhaps the saddest commentary of all is that with social changes that have been enacted over the past few decades, we have an even greater proportion of feral children. Parents aren’t allowed to discipline their children and the courts punish parents when those same children get into trouble, reinforcing that the kids themselves aren’t responsible for their actions. Kids are raising themselves because it takes two parents working two jobs each to keep a roof over their heads, with no room in the budget for child care. Kids aren’t permitted outdoors to run and play; they’re effectively imprisoned from the time they’re born, but have no rules inside those walls. Or they break the rules and go outside – in which case they truly are feral. You tell me what you think our future generations will become.

  2. But there are good kids who come out of the system whole. Boy do I have opinions on this as well as great sadness for the young lady.

  3. goatbarnwitch

    I agree entirely about Manson being a product of the system he was raised by and that may be part of the fascination. I mean look at that social experiment a bit and study the result and it speaks volumes about how the system doesn’t work. As for the current marriage issue, it seems another ploy to gain attention and fortunately he has not been granted conjugal visits so the gene pool is safe

  4. The Knitting Cinephile

    CA made a mistake with commuting his sentence to life. He spent most of his formative years in either juvie or prison, so that’s where he functions best. He’s completely protected to be the lunatic that he wants to be, and he’s allowed to have a platform to spew his vitriol to all who will listen, and he’s rewarded with free meals and a bed for it. True prison for him would be to sew his lips shut, keep him away from all human contact, and no phone/interwebs/typewriter/paper and pencil at all. But that would be cruel and unusual punishment, wouldn’t it?

  5. One freak at a time……..and let’s hope there are no conjugal visits for Manson and his bride.

  6. I never understood people’s fascination with him. I don’t care about the reasons; he is just evil. I didn’t read any of the books about him. What good would it do?

    I don’t understand how someone who chooses the name “Marilyn Manson” accumulates fans, either.

  7. She is as crazy as he is.

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