The True Story Behind Charles Manson, Helter Skelter & the Manson Family Murders

With the release of both Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and the second season David Fincher’s true-crime Netflix drama Mindhunter, the name Charles Manson is, once again, on everyone’s lips.

Manson never really went away, cementing his infamy on August 9, 1969, but it’s through these recent pop culture reexaminations that it’s worth looking at who Manson was, what he did, and why he’s (unfortunately) endured in our collective consciousness for the last 50 years.

The man known as Charles Manson was initially brought into this world as “no name …

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