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->''"Do you feel blame? Are you mad? Uh, do you feel like wolf kabob Roth vantage? Gefrannis booj pooch boo jujube; bear-ramage. Jigiji geeji geeja geeble Google. Begep flagaggle vaggle veditch-waggle bagga?"''
-->'''Charles Manson''', speaking [[CloudCuckooLander Cloud Cuckoo Land-ish]] ''maybe'' non-intentionally.

In 1968, Charles Manson, a man who had spent half his life to date in prison and lived in a hippie commune, listened to Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''. He [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory heard hidden messages]] on the album (or claimed to, at any rate) about a race war that would break out the following year, and got along with his mates, from then on known as the "Manson Family", to provoke said war - by committing several brutal murders (including Creator/RomanPolanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate), leaving the message "Helter Skelter" (the name of a song on the ''White Album'') [[CouldntFindAPen written in blood]] on the walls. He was arrested in December 1969, and three years later his death penalty was commuted to a life sentence. He has remained in prison since then (largely in solitary confinement, for his own safety).

Unrelated to [[Music/{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson]], but Music/MarilynManson's StageName is based on him.
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!! Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders in media:

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* ''Manson'' (1973), {{documentary}} by Robert Hendrickson and Laurence Merrick that featured interviews with Charles Manson and other members of the Manson Family.
* ''Helter Skelter'' (1976), [[MadeForTVMovie TV adaptation]] of the Bugliosi-Gentry non-fiction book (see below).
* ''Charles Manson Superstar'' (1989) by Nikolas Schreck, another documentary about Charles Manson, filmed mostly inside San Quentin Prison.
* ''Helter Skelter'' (2004), remake of the 1976 movie, with a greater focus on Charles Manson's backstory and motives.
* The US horror movie ''Film/TheStrangers'' (2008), as stated by its director Bryan Bertino, is partially based on the Manson Family murders.
* The Canadian film ''Leslie, My Name Is Evil'' (2009) revolves around a young juror falling in love with Leslie, a member of the Manson Family, during her trial for the [=LaBianca=] murders.
* He's played by punk rocker Robert Hecker in Raymond Pettibon's irreverent take on the Manson mystique, ''Film/TheBookOfManson'' (1989).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Helter Skelter'' (1974), a bestselling [[NonFictionLiterature non-fiction book]] by Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in Charles Manson's trial, and writer Curt Gentry. Up to today the most important publicly accessible source of facts about the Manson Family murders.
* The character Alice [=McMillan=] in John Kaye's noir crime novel ''The Dead Circus'' (2003) is a former member of the Manson Family, which becomes a plot point.
* Claire Vaye Watkins's short story "Ghosts, Cowboys", from the collection "Battleborn" (2012) is about the weight of history, including her personal history as the daughter of Manson's right-hand man.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The Music/OzzyOsbourne song "Bloodbath in Paradise" from ''No Rest for the Wicked'' is about Charles Manson and his Family.
* Music/MarilynManson takes his stage name from both MarilynMonroe and Charles Manson. He's also taken a chunk of lyrics from Charles Manson's "Mechanical Man" and remade them into "My Monkey" for the band's debut, ''Portrait of an American Family''.
* "ATWA" from Music/SystemOfADown's ''Toxicity'' album is about Manson.
* Music/NeilYoung's "Revolution Blues" is written from what may be Manson's [=PoV=]. Young claimed to have met Manson during his days hanging around the LA hippie scene.
* {{Britpop}} band Mansun were accused of having named themselves after Manson, although they insisted it was after an early track by Music/TheVerve called "A Man Called Sun". Their own first single, however, had spelt their name with an "o" on the label and cover.
* Deicide wrote a song called "Lunatic of God's Creation" about him (one of the few anti-religious/Satanic songs they've written, incidentally) on their SelfTitledAlbum.
* In addition to songs written about Manson, Manson [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson_discography wrote his own music]], and even got an album published by producer Phil Kaufman called ''Lie: The Love and Terror Cult''. Before the murders, he was for a time a hanger-on of Dennis Wilson, as a result of which Music/TheBeachBoys recorded one of his songs (with slightly altered lyrics) as the B-side "Never Learn Not To Love". Later on, Music/GunsNRoses recorded one of his songs, "Look at Your Game, Girl", as a hidden track on their CoverAlbum ''"The Spaghetti Incident?"'', to {{Troll}}. Not surprisingly, people were pissed, and Axl removed it from later releases because [[InsaneTrollLogic the public had misunderstood what he was going for and no longer deserved to hear it]].

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''The Manson Family'' (1990), an opera by American composer John Moran.
* Charles Manson is an off-stage character in Creator/StephenSondheim's musical ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'' (1990). Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a real-life member of the "Manson Family" who attempted to assassinate President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord in 1975, figures on stage.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!", Cartman's uncle Howard breaks from prison to celebrate Christmas with the rest of the family. He is accompanied by his prison pal, a certain "Charlie" Manson, who (after a shootout with the police) [[HeelFaceTurn ends up learning about the]] TrueMeaningOfChristmas.
* Charles Manson has been seen [[http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Charles_Manson in various cutaway gags]] on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
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