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Charles Manson: The Murderer Who Didn't Kill

4 Pages 1101 Words June 2017

Charles Manson rose to notoriety in 1969 when he manipulated and persuaded several people in a cult led by himself, to brutally slaughter seven people over two nights in Los Angles, California. Manson did not murder any of the victims himself but is being held in the San Quentin prison with a life sentence. Today Show news reporter Heidi Schulman, along with her crew, traveled to the San Quentin prison to get answers from the notorious Charles Manson. After interviewing Mr. Manson, the network had a long debate over whether or not they should air the gruesome answers they were given to the world. Knowing people were just as curious as they were, the Today Show broadcasted the interview for millions to see.
In regards to the interview, I have inferred that Charles Manson is a deranged habitual criminal. A charismatic criminal with superficial charm who uses his intelligence and logic to manipulate people into understanding him. He speaks in metaphors, riddles, and nonsensical mumbo jumbo throughout the entire interview. Manson speaks this way as an attempt to portray himself as a victim of injustice and persecution, without giving a single thought or consideration to the innocent people, who were savagely murdered and lost their lives in the events he was undoubtedly involved in.
In the interview, Charles says “I’ve learned to reflect, I just reflect back”, leading me to believe that he was some kind of societal sacrifice for some of humanity’s innate sadism, greed, and racism. When asked if he felt any remorse, he says “Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me, doesn’t that give me equal right?”. This statement shows not only his lack of remorse and empathy, but another attempt at making himself the victim. He fully disregards the question and begins to rant about how “you people” have done him wrong. Manson avoids the truth, demies personal responsibility, and tries to point the finger at...

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