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Charles Manson

It may not please you to read that convicted serial killer Charles Milles Manson was born a Maddox.  That's the research from Manson prosecutor and author Vincent Bugliosi in his book Helter Skelter-- The True Story of the Manson Murders.
Manson and several others went on a murder spree in 1969 in California and their trials captured the nation's attention and set Manson as the stereotypical definition of a crazed madman killer.  He and some eight others were convicted of various murders; they were linked to some nine killings.  The most notable was that of Hollywood actress Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant.

A great deal of ink has been spilt discussing Manson and his 'family' of fellow nuts who went to trial for the gruesome killings.  Our purpose here is only to point out how Bugliosi links this imprisoned nut to the Maddox name.  From his book, pg., 137:

Charles Manson was born "no name Maddox" on Nov. 12, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the illegitimate son of a sixteen-year-old girl named Kathleen Maddox.

Though Manson himself would later state that his mother was a teen-age prostitute, other relatives say she was simply "loose."  One remarked, "She ran around a lot, drank, got in trouble."  Whatever the case, she lived with a succession of men.  One, a much older man named William Manson, whom she married, was around just long enough to provide a surname for the youth."

Bugliosi, in his world class best-seller on Manson,  goes on to describe him as a hand-me-down kid who spend years being rejected and being housed in various youth facilities--all evidently contributing to the insanity that made him one of America's most famous murderers.

--- by the Webmaster

Helter Skelter, by Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi,  c 1974, W W Norton Company, New York