Charles Manson (born November 12th, 1934) is an American criminal who was a cult leader in a group known as the Manson Family. He was found guilty in the conspiracy to commit the Tate / LaBianca murders by attempting to carry out the murders by instructions to his followers.
Charles Manson is associated with the term "Helter Skelter' from the Beatles song. Manson was sentenced to death but the sentence was changed to life in prison when a 1972 court decision briefly eliminated the death penalty in California. Charles Manson remains as an inmate in the Corcoran State Prison.
Cults are usually a group of people with a belief or practice which could be considered strange or possibly sinister. The term 'Cult' was originally used to denote a system of ritual practices that were almost religious like.
Cults are usually made as a method of grouping people together. There are, and have been, 'good' and 'evil' cults in the world. Usually people would join a cult to have a purpose of living since many people tend to feel lonely or they do not belong.
Cults bring a togetherness for people that feel like their life needs more meaning. Cult leaders will tend to prey on those who feel this way.
Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader:
- Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
- No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
- No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget,
as an independently audited financial statement.
- Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as
catastrophe, evil conspiracies
- There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers
wrong in leaving, negative
or even evil.
- Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and
similar pattern of
- There are records, books, news articles, or television
that document the abuses of
- Followers feel they can never be "good enough".
- The group/leader is always right.
- The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing "truth"
receiving validation, no other
process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
David Koresh (August 17, 1959 – April 19, 1993), born
Vernon Wayne Howell, was the leader of a Branch Davidian religious sect,
believing himself to be its final prophet. David Koresh is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tyler, Texas.
The Waco Siege began on February 28th, 1993, and ended violently 50 days later on April 19th. The siege began when the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) attempted to execute a search warrant at the Seventh Day Adventist, Branch Davidian ranch at Mount Carmel, a property located nine miles (14 km) east-northeast of Waco, Texas.
On Feb. 28th, shortly after attempting to serve the warrant, an intense gun battle erupted, lasting nearly 2 hours. In the aftermath of this armed exchange, four agents and six followers of David Koresh were killed.
Upon the ATF's failure to execute the search warrant, a siege was initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The siege ended 50 days later when a second assault on the compound was made and a fire destroyed the compound.
Seventy-six people (24 of them British nationals) died in the fire, including more than 20 children, two pregnant women, and Koresh himself.
Heaven's Gate Logo
Heaven's Gate members believed the Earth was about to be changed forever which they refer to as being recycled. Because of this they believed the only way they could save themselves was to commit an act of suicide which would then teleport them into a space ship which was trailing the comet Hale-Bopp.
The group was against suicide but they believed that this was not a form of suicide rather an act of transferring oneself.
The cults leader Applewhite believed that after their deaths a UFO would transport them into what he quotes a "level of existence above human". All 38 followers were found dead by causes of arsenic and cyanide as well as asphyxiation.
Cults - Scientology
Time Magazine Quoted: “In reality the church is a hugely profitable global
racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like