Charles Milles Manson is an American criminal who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s.
A commune is an intentional community of people living together, sharing common interests, often having common values and beliefs, as well as shared property, possessions, resources, and, in some communes, work and income and assets.
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Manson and his followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations over a period of five weeks in the middle of 1969.
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In 1971 he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of seven people – most notably of the actress Sharon Tate – all of which were carried out by members of the group at his instruction.
He is currently serving nine concurrent life sentences at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California.
Corcoran is a city in Kings County, California, United States.
Manson believed in what he called "Helter Skelter", a term he took from the Beatles' song of the same name.
The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960.
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.
An ethnic conflict is a conflict between two or more contending ethnic groups.
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.
Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as "the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation", although the group acknowledges that the inclusion of "the use of power" in its definition expands on the conventional meaning of the word.
An emblem is an abstract or representational pictorial image that represents a concept, like a moral truth, or an allegory, or a person, like a king or saint.
Insanity, craziness, or madness is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns.
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.
A convict is "a person found guilty of a crime and sentenced by a court" or "a person serving a sentence in prison".
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.
Dennis Carl Wilson was an American musician, singer, and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys.
The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961.
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.
On Sunday, January 1, 2017, Manson was rushed from Cochran State Prison to Mercy Hospital in downtown Bakersfield suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding.
A source told the LA Times Manson was seriously ill.