It’s possible that, in the best of circumstances, Charles Manson would have turned out to be an evil, demented cult leader and mass murderer. And it’s also possible he suffered from lifelong psychiatric issues that clouded his thinking and moral judgment. Only God knows. But what is clear is that his upbringing and early life experiences were a formula for disaster.
A 2013 article in the Daily Mail notes that, “According to his cousin, JoAnn, whose parents raised Manson in their home in McMechen, West Virginia, for several years, ‘There was never anything happy about him. He never did anything good.'” Yes, the cousin reports, “The boy was obsessed with knives and guns and when he lost control of his anger his eyes blazed with an intensity that convinced her he was capable of injuring or even killing her.” The article also claims that Manson’s mother feared her “crazy-eyed” son when he was just 5-years-old.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Manson’s mother was married and gave birth to him when she was just 15-years-old, her husband and Manson’s father being five years older. But he quickly abandoned the family, leaving Manson fatherless. As for the mother, she was arrested on armed robbery charges when Manson was only four-years-old, sentenced to five years in prison. What a horrific start to life.
The Mail notes that, “it is equally clear that when offered any choice as to which path to take Manson invariably opted for the wrong one.” In other words, regardless of his upbringing, he made wrong choices. And as I stated at the beginning of this article, that could well be the case. But you have to stop and wonder for a moment what would have happened if Manson had been raised in a solid, stable, loving, godly environment. Again, only God knows.
Then there is element to factor in: “As [an] undersized boy he was a target for sexual abuse and beatings from older boys.
“He found his best defense was to convince them he was crazy. He did just that with screeches, facial tics, flapping arms and twitches.”
Not surprisingly, he started having serious brushes with the law while still a young teen, and by the time he was 32-years-old, he had spent more than half of his life incarcerated (17 out of 32 years).
And in an odd repeat of his parents’ actions, at the age of 20, he married a 15-year-old girl, ending up back in prison after she had their child. Such is the cycle of sin and destruction.
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Source: Christian Post