Charles Manson Telephone Recording & Music Compilation
Telephone call recorded with consent of Charles Manson. He discusses problems he's had with Boyd Rice, American experimental sound artist, occultist, archivist, actor, photographer, prankster and writer best known for his pioneering industrial noise music under the name NON. Manson examines ideas of an American reformation in the 21st Century.
Two Pair Of Shoes
Charles Manson talks about him upcoming parole hearing. February 2007.
The Empty House of Tomorrow
Charles Manson talks about The will of God is the Word.
Charles Milles Manson (born Charles Milles Maddox, November 12, 1934):136–7 is an American criminal and former cult leader who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. Manson's followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations in July and August of 1969. In 1971 he was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people (Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Sharon Tate Polanski, Jay Sebring, and Leno and Rosemary La Bianca) – most notably of the actress Sharon Tate – all of which were carried out by members of the group at his instruction. Manson was originally sentenced to death; however, his death sentence was converted to life with the possibility of parole when in 1972, the death penalty in California was ruled unconstitutional. California did not have the life-without-parole sentence at the time. Manson also received first-degree murder convictions for the deaths of Gary Hinman and Donald "Shorty" Shea. He is currently serving a life sentence at California State Prison, Corcoran, in Corcoran, California.
Manson believed in what he called "Helter Skelter", a term he took from the Beatles' song of the same name. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles' song. He believed the murders would help precipitate that war. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanity, violence and the macabre.
At the time the Family began to form, Manson was an unemployed former convict, who had spent half of his life in correctional institutions for a variety of offenses. Before the murders, he was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry, chiefly through a chance association with Dennis Wilson, drummer and founding member of the Beach Boys. After Manson was charged with the crimes of which he was later convicted, recordings of songs written and performed by him were released commercially. Various musicians have covered some of his songs.
Vincent Bugliosi headed the prosecution team which argued People v. Manson, Charles Milles et al. and People v. Watson, Charles, the two major court cases that involved the Manson Family's crimes, and in Helter Skelter, he explained[where?] to his co-author, Curt Gentry, "...I was only sending him home. Only this time it won't be the same." He noted that one of the crimes of which Manson had been convicted, killing a pregnant woman, did not allow Manson to rank very high in prison social structures (Bugliosi cited an informant[who?] whom he quoted as saying that "it's like being a child molester...guys like that are gonna do hard time wherever they are") and that Manson's notoriety had become his own worst enemy, with any convict seeking a reputation being willing to attack, and kill, Manson. As noted below, in September of 1984, at least one such convict did indeed so attack Manson, with intent to kill.
Manson was admitted to state prison from Los Angeles County on April 22, 1971, for seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Sharon Tate Polanski, Jay Sebring and Leno and Rosemary La Bianca. He was sentenced to death. When the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional in 1972, he was resentenced to life with the possibility of parole. His original death sentence was modified to life on February 2, 1977.
On December 13, 1971, Manson received a first-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County for the July 25, 1969, death of musician Gary Hinman and another first-degree murder conviction for the August 1969 death of Donald Jerome "Shorty" Shea.
Since 1989, Manson has been housed in the Protective Housing Unit at California State Prison, Corcoran, in Kings County. The unit houses inmates whose safety would be endangered by general population housing. He has also been housed at San Quentin State Prison, California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Folsom State Prison and Pelican Bay State Prison.
Manson is single-celled.