[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/06/05/california.manson.family.hearing/art.manson.courtesy.jpg" caption="Charles Manson was sentenced to life in prison in 1970."]
Charles Manson is born on November 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio to 16-year-old Kathleen Maddox and is named Charles Miles Maddox. For a short period of time after Manson’s birth, Kathleen Maddox is married to William Manson, and Charles adopts his last name. Manson’s biological father is “Colonel Scott”; it is unclear whether Manson ever met him.
Manson commits a string of burglaries which provide the cash to rent a room. During one robbery, he steals a bicycle, gets caught and is sent to a juvenile detention center where he spends one day before escaping. Manson is recaptured and placed in Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, where he remains for four days before escaping with another boy.
Manson is released on March 21. By this point, he has spent more than half of his 32 years of life in prisons and other correctional institutions. Manson asks authorities to let him remain in prison, arguing that it has become his home.
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