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Charles Manson


Charles Manson was a former singer, songwriter, criminal, murderer, and cult leader who was from Cincinnati Ohio. Charles Manson is the founder of the “Mansion Family” in mid-1967 which is a quasi-commune in California.

Early Life

Charles was born Charles Milles Manson on 12th November 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The criminal personality was an American citizen and his sun sign was Scorpio.

The name of his father is William Manson, and his mother is Kathleen Maddox who was a prostitute. His mother was just sixteen years old when she gave birth to him.

At first, she gave him the name “no name Maddox”. Sometime after his birth, Kathleen became the wife of William Manson who was a laborer. Then, they gave birth to their new kid and his name is Charles Milles Maddox.

Moreover, his mother recorded a bastardy suit in opposition to his biological father, Colonel Walker Scott. He had to stay in his aunt’s house which was in McMechen, West Virginia after police were delaying his mother from charging her for robbery in the year 1939.

At the time of Kathleen’s 1942 acquittal, she recovered him and was residing with him in the hotel rooms.

Then, the court took him to Gibault School for Boys, Terre Haute, Indiana from where he ran to his mom after 10 months. However, his mom to not agree to take over his responsibility.

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Caption: Charles Manson when he was young (Source: Rolling Stone)


On 1st January 2017, from California State Prison in Corcoran, Police were taking Charles to Mercy Hospital in downtown Bakersfield. At that time, he was having gastrointestinal bleeding. He was also very weak to perform the surgery so he got back to jail on the 6th of January.

On 15th November 2017, it was out that he was in a hospital in Bakersfield because of some health issues. On 19th November 2017, he passed away due to some natural causes at the hospital.

Charles Manson – Net Worth 2024

The murderer’s net worth was $400 thousand when he was still alive. Also, the criminal must have gained a huge amount of money from his criminal activities.

However, he has lost a huge amount of money because of the same activities as well. Charles was having a very terrible life even after having so much money and the only reason for that is due to his illegal work.

Relationship Status

Charles Manson became the husband of Rosalie Jean Willis in January 1955. She was a hospital waitress and together they also had a son named Charles Manson, Jr. After some time, Rosalie began residing with another man. In 1958, she then got a decree of divorce.

He then became the husband of a prostitute named Leona in 1959. The couple also has a son and his name is Charles Luther. However, they divorced each other in the year 1963. On 11th April 2012, he was denied the acquittal.


According to the police, being a patient with severe health and mental issues such as schizophrenia and paranoid delusional diseases, letting him go from prison was dangerous. So, he was inside the Corcoran State Prison which is in California.

In the year 2014, it was out that he was in a relationship with Afton Elaine ‘Star’ Burton. On 7th November, they even got a wedding license. Then, they got their marriage license end on 5th February 2015.

Later, it was out that their wedding was not happening when it was clear that Burton was just willing to marry him to use his corpse as a tourist attraction after his death.

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Caption: Charles Manson with one of his wives (Source: Time Magazine)

Criminal Life

At first, the murderer was performing a burglary at a grocery store and since then Charles has been continuously present in various cases of burglary. Then, authorities were arresting him, and he was in a juvenile center in Indianapolis.

After some time, authorities took him to Washington, D.C.’s ‘National Training School for Boys’ where he served for four years.

The authorities then took him to ‘Natural Bridge Honor Camp’ in October 1951 from where the authorities again took him to The ‘Federal Reformatory’ in Virginia for his offensive behavior.

In September 1952, authorities again were taking him to the ‘Federal Reformatory’ at Chillicothe. There he was a model inhabitant, showing good behavior and making his academics better, which led to his exculpation in May 1954.

The following year, he went to Los Angeles in a car that he stole in Ohio. Then, authorities charged him with a federal crime, and he was in prison for 5 years. In March 1956, he was arrested in Indianapolis for not showing up earlier.

Again, authorities were charging him for trying to cash a cast U.S. Treasury cheque in September 1959. He was then suspended fortune when Leona was pleading for setting him free before the court. But the police were disagreeing on his way from California to New Mexico.

Soon after that, he disappeared after his freedom and a bench warrant was provided. Then, the police found him in Laredo, Texas, and were sentenced to ten years imprisonment for trying to cash the cast cheque.

He was taken from the ‘Los Angeles County Jail’ to the United States Penitentiary at McNeil Island in 1961. After he was out of prison on 21st March 1967, he went to Berkeley, California where he was earning by begging.

There, he got to meet Mary Brunner and started living with her. After forming himself San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury’s “guru”, he formed a group.

Some more

There he was traveling in an old school bus to various places in the US. After some time, the group then went to Dennis Wilson’s house. The team’s name was the ‘Manson Family’ where there were about a hundred members who were regularly using hallucinogenic drugs.

The group was then in Spahn’s Movie Ranch in 1968 and again to Death Valley in Eastern California.

He then collected national disrepute after murdering the actress Sharon Tate, Tate’s 4 friends, Leno LaBianca, and also Rosemary LaBianca in August 1969. Manson’s 1st studio album, ‘Lie: The Love and Terror Cult’ was out in 1970.

The album consists of a single, ‘Cease to Exist,’ which was an inspiration for Beach Boys’ 1968 song ‘Never Learn Not to Love’. In 1971, the authorities were taking him to state prison in Los Angeles County.

Even though he got a death sentence, it was changed to life with the probability of acquittal on 2nd February 1977.

On 25th September 1984, authorities were taking him to the California Medical Facility in Vacaville when Jan Holmstrom threw paint thinner on Charles and set him on fire which caused him severe burns.

Then, the authorities took him from ‘Corcoran State Prison’ to ‘Pelican Bay State Prison for taking part in drug trafficking in 1997.

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Caption: Charles Manson being arrested by the authorities (Source: Britannica)

Body Measurements

Talking about the criminal personality’s physical appearance, Manson had an average height of 5 feet 6 inches or else 168 cm or 1.68 m. Similarly, Manson had a body weight of around 72 kg or 158 lbs.

The body measurements of Charles Manson were 40-32-35 inches and the size of his biceps was 16 inches. Also, he was wearing a shoe size of 7 (UK). Manson also has a pair of brown eyes with white long hair.

Charles Manson – Social Media

Coming to the social media part, the murderer and criminal have never been active on any of the social media platforms to this day. Manson was keeping himself far from all of those.

In fact, at that time, most people were not having any interest in being active on social media except for some actors and actresses. Therefore, Manson has never had any social media accounts of his own.