Charles Milles Manson, who was born an illegitimate child, in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 12, 1934. On his birth certificate appeared the name, "no name Maddox -a boy." (Steffens) His mother, Kathleen Maddox was a sixteen year old prostitute. Her parents were very strict and most think that is what drove Kathleen to live on the streets. His father's name was Colonel Scott. Even though, Charlie knew who his father was and where he lived, Charlie chose never to meet him.
It was said, throughout the "Manson family" that Charles told a story often, about his childhood.
"Mom was in a cafÃÂ© one afternoon with me on her lap. The waitress, a would-be mother without a child of her own, jokingly told my Mom she'd buy me from her. Mom replied, 'A pitcher of beer and he's yours.' The waitress set up the beer, Mom stuck around long enough to finish it off and left the place without me.
Several days later my uncle had to search the town for the waitress and take me home." (Bardsley)
When Charles was five years old, his mother was incarcerated for burglary. During her incarceration, Charles went from relative to relative. After she was released from prison, she tried to take care of Charlie. She moved frequently, sometimes with Charlie, sometimes without. She was not fit for motherhood. Eventually, she completely abandoned Charles, and left him with family and a succession of boys' homes.
When Charlie lived with his grandmother, the Christian religion was forced upon him. Some believe that this is what fuels his negative feelings toward Christians, and possibly why he wants people to think he is God or Jesus Christ.
When Charles was fourteen, he was accepted into Boys Town, an acclaimed orphanage in Nebraska. He stayed there for...