August 6th, 2009
04:56 PM ET

Charles Manson fan?

[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 after the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional in the 1970s."]


Over the past 50 years, the story of Charles Manson has been popularized by books, recordings and films. Believe it or not, he's become quite an icon for some people. From a MySpace fan page to shirts with his face on them, the Manson cult continues to this day. Check out some of these websites.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. SandraWI


    August 7, 2009 at 2:09 am |
  2. ruki

    This man. Manson is one sick creation, born out of mistake, making movies and giving him the glory is so wrong!

    August 7, 2009 at 1:25 am |
  3. Terry, TX

    Typical California stupidity.....no death penalty at the time of Mason....and now they have Pelosi, Boxer, Waters and Waxman....

    August 7, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  4. Texas Doubter

    That is not him. No way.

    August 6, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  5. Lori

    The Manson family is a clear example of society out of control. Drugs, sex and a man who "appeared" to young confused teenagers to be the answer to everything. I think its not about glorification but a clear example of what happens when children are cast out/or left unattended. Many of his followers where runaways, lost children of the night that found a "family". Right, wrong and surely indifferent it is a sad story of lost souls, frightened teenagers and the Victims of those nights: Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Voychek* Frykowski*, Abigail Folger, Steve Parent, Leo LaBianca and Rosemary Labianca and the young people who let drugs and madness run their decisions.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  6. Caroline

    I agree with Patricia. I'm tired of hearing in depth about murderers. Enough already! Just give the facts and quit with the psychoanalysis. Sometimes the CNN (News? station) seems more like the scandal sheets we used to get from the grocery store Little real information and a lot of speculation.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  7. Loki

    ended up with a degree in psychology because I wanted to understand why people would follow the likes of Charlie–found an answer–did not like it

    August 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Annie Kate

    I hope that the parole hearings this year go like all the other parole hearings have gone and all of the family members are denied parole. No mercy should be shown them – they showed no mercy to their victims. If I were a family member of one of the people they killed I would be outraged if any of them were given parole – they can die in prison; that is really more than they deserve.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  9. Tammie

    I heard that Anderson Cooper 360 will be airing a series about Charles Manson. When is it going to be on, and for how many shows?

    August 6, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  10. Patricia

    Why does the media glorify this kind of trash? We've made him a celebrity and he's nothing but a murderer, and the rest of that bunch. We have enough good people in the world that we could have stories about, we need some good news. All these criminals get all this glory, it makes me sick. Send them to fight the wars and keep our good people home. They sould pay their way send them and let them earn their keep. Who cares if they get killed.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  11. robyn caffrey keyser west virgina 26726

    seeing this ugly mug , should make all of the atharitys keep u locked up and throw away the key.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  12. Isabel, Brazil

    Fan? It really is difficult to understand, accept.

    August 6, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  13. Michael C. McHugh

    Manson and Family lucked out in not being executed back then, simply because the death penalty was abolished. Most people think they should have been executed, unless they are totally opposed to capital punishment. (I am not–certainly not in cases like these.) Their only real defense would have been insanity, and if they didn't quite come up to the legal definition of that term, they were sure close.

    August 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm |