Charles Manson the one man almost every person in the entire world can recognize. He and his family committed what are thought to be some of the most shockingly gruesome murders in history.
Charles Manson is thought to be one of the most dangerous men in America. He was born November 12, 1934, in the Cincinnati General Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was known as “no name Maddox” until his mother decided on the name Charles Milles Maddox.
Manson’s mother, Kathleen Maddox, was just 16 years old when she gave birth to her son. She married William Manson after giving birth. Manson took this man’s last name as his own.
Not much is known about Manson’s biological father. Some say that he was Colonel Scott, while others say Scott is a African-American cook. Manson would later deny his father was a black man.
Manson’s early life with his poor drunken mother was hard and callous. It is believed that Kathleen did in fact drink a lot and was unable to provide for her son. As a classic alcoholic, she would do anything to get another drink, including selling her son to a stranger. The young mother went to jail for several years and Manson lived with relatives in West Virginia. After her release from jail, Kathleen regained custody, and moved with her son to Texan, into a low-rent hotel on the wrong side of town.
By 1947 Kathleen was fed up with taking care of her child and attempted to place him in foster care. The state, however, put him into Gibault School for Boys. Charles lasted just ten months in the home, then broke out and went back to his mother. She wanted nothing to do with him.
Thus began Manson’s life of crime, beginning slowly with burglaries. When caught, he repeatedly managed to escape from wherever the court placed him. He continued stealing and avoiding the law. One of his many incarcerations was at the Indiana School for Boys, where Manson would later recall that he was abused and mistreated.
Eventually Manson progressed to stealing cars. In Utah he stole a car and took it across the state line; thus up grading the crime to a federal offence. He was again apprehended and sentenced the Washington D.C. National Training School for Boys.
While incarcerated, Charles was tested and his IQ was rated at 109, even though he had very little education. Manson spent much of his young life in jail, then moved on to prostitution and check fraud. In 1955 he married Rosalie Jean Willis, who became pregnant, giving birth to a son, Charles Manson, Jr. Manson was incarcerated at the time of his son birth. His wife soon left him for another man.
Not much is known about Manson’s second wife, Leona, also known as Candy Stevens. Leona was very young when she married Manson and earned her living as a prostitute. Again, the marriage did not last long. It is speculated that she, too, gave birth to a son by Manson. He was named Charles Luther.