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Charles Manson

Convict Who Led the "manson Family"
Born Nov 12, 1934

Charles Milles Manson is an American criminal and musician who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca carried out by members of the group at his instruction.… Read More

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1934 Birth Born on November 12, 1934.
1937 2 Years Old His biological father appears to have been Colonel Walker Scott (May 11, 1910 – December 30, 1954) against whom Kathleen Maddox filed a paternity suit that resulted in an agreed judgment in 1937. … Read More
1939 4 Years Old When Manson's mother and her brother were sentenced to five years' imprisonment for robbing a Charleston, West Virginia, service station in 1939, Manson was placed in the home of an aunt and uncle in McMechen, West Virginia.
1942 7 Years Old Upon her 1942 parole, Manson's mother retrieved her son and lived with him in a series of run-down hotel rooms. … Read More


1951 16 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After many failed attempts, he escaped with two other boys in 1951. … Read More
1952 17 Years Old In September 1952, a number of other serious disciplinary offenses resulted in his transfer to the Federal Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio, a more secure institution. … Read More
1954 19 Years Old Good work habits and a rise in his educational level from the lower fourth to the upper seventh grade won him a May 1954 parole.


1955 - 1959 5 More Events
1960 25 Years Old When he disappeared, in violation of his probation, a bench warrant was issued; an April 1960 indictment for violation of the Mann Act followed. … Read More
1961 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1961, after a year spent unsuccessfully appealing the revocation of his probation, Manson was transferred from the Los Angeles County Jail to the United States Penitentiary at McNeil Island. … Read More
1963 28 Years Old In 1963, Leona was granted a divorce, in the pursuit of which she alleged that she and Manson had had a son, Charles Luther.


1966 31 Years Old In June 1966, Manson was sent, for the second time in his life, to Terminal Island, in preparation for early release.
By March 21, 1967, his release day, he had spent more than half of his 32 years in prisons and other institutions. … Read More
Manson established a base for the group at Spahn's Movie Ranch, not far from Topanga Canyon Boulevard, in August 1968 after Wilson's manager told the Family to move out of Wilson's home. … Read More
On March 23, 1969, Manson, uninvited, entered 10050 Cielo Drive, which he had known as Melcher's residence. … Read More
1971 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1971 he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of seven people: actress Sharon Tate and four other people at Tate's home; and the next day, a married couple, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca; all carried out by members of the group at his instruction. … Read More


1985 50 Years Old Of those convicted of Manson-ordered murders, Grogan would become, in 1985, the first— and,, the only one—to be paroled. On September 5, 1975, the Family rocketed back to national attention when Squeaky Fromme attempted to assassinate US President Gerald Ford. … Read More
1987 52 Years Old In December 1987, Fromme, serving a life sentence for the assassination attempt, escaped briefly from Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia. … Read More
1989 54 Years Old In 1989, Nikolas Schreck conducted an interview of Manson, cutting the interview up for material in his documentary Charles Manson Superstar. … Read More
1994 59 Years Old In a 1994 conversation with Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, Catherine Share, a one-time Manson-follower, stated that her testimony in the penalty phase of Manson's trial had been a fabrication intended to save Manson from the gas chamber and had been given on Manson's explicit direction. … Read More


1996 - 2007 5 More Events
2009 74 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In March 2009, a photograph taken of a 74-year old Manson, showing a receding hairline, grizzled gray beard and hair and the swastika tattoo still prominent on his forehead, was released to the public by California corrections officials. In September 2009, The History Channel broadcast a docudrama covering the Family's activities and the murders as part of its coverage on the 40th anniversary of the killings. … Read More
2010 75 Years Old In 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that Manson was caught with a cell phone in 2009, and had contacted people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia. … Read More
2012 77 Years Old 1 More Event
Manson was denied parole for the 12th time on April 11, 2012. … Read More
2013 78 Years Old According to Jeff Guinn's 2013 biography of Manson, Charlie's mother Kathleen moved from California to Washington state to be closer to him during his McNeil Island incarceration, working nearby as a waitress.
2014 79 Years Old On November 17, 2014, it was announced that Manson was engaged to 26-year-old Afton Elaine "Star" Burton while still in prison, and had obtained a marriage license on November 7. Burton had been visiting Manson in prison for at least nine years, and maintained several websites that claimed his innocence. The wedding license expired on February 5, 2015, without a marriage ceremony taking place. … Read More
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