[[caption-width-right:350:[[SarcasmMode Totally not the eyes of a raving lunatic.]]]]

->''"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.

'''Charles Milles Manson''' (né Maddox, born November 12, 1934) is an American criminal who in 1968, after having spent half his life to date in prison and lived in a hippie commune, befriended Music/DennisWilson and 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), and 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 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_v._Anderson for technical reasons unrelated to his case]] to a life sentence. He has remained in prison since then (largely in solitary confinement, for his own safety) and is today perhaps the most internationally famous criminal in custody.

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:


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' comic ''Storming Heaven'', Charles Manson, going by the alias Thomas Caliban, is the main villain. He's depicted as a DarkMessiah and OmnicidalManiac who achieved godlike powers.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''The Other Side of Madness'' (1971), also known as ''[[http://www.thecinemasnob.com/50/post/2012/01/the-helter-skelter-murders.html The Helter Skelter Murders]]'', mixing documentary and re-enactment scenes, some filmed on the action locations.
* ''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. [[note]]According to Vincent Bugliosi, there was suspicion of this occurring in real life. She was still convicted, though.[[/note]]
* He's played by punk rocker Robert Hecker in Raymond Pettibon's irreverent take on the Manson mystique, ''Film/TheBookOfManson'' (1989).


[[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.
* Ed Sanders (of Music/TheFugs) wrote the first serious book about Manson, 1971's ''The Family''. He attended the trial and talked to Manson and his followers. Sanders remained fascinated by the case and in 2015 published ''Sharon Tate: A Life'', which still deals quite heavily with Manson. While basically non-fiction, Sanders has an idiosyncratic style influenced by his long career as a poet.
* 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.
* Manson is a central character in ''Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon'' by David [=McGowan=], a chronicle of the hippie music scene that grew out of Laurel Canyon and involved many Manson acquaintances.
* ''Literature/TheGirls'' is a RomanAClef novel about a 14-year-old girl who gets drawn into a cult led by a man named Russell. All the names are changed and other details are tweaked (the murders take place in Marin County of Northern California rather than Los Angeles), but the story is clearly a portrait of the Manson Family.
* Christopher Fowler's short story "The Uninvited" theorizes that the Family were working black magic rituals around the edges of Hollywood. Manson himself doesn't appear, but his right hand man Bobby Beausoleil does.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Manson was mentioned in the first episode of ''{{Series/Gangland}}'', which covered the Aryan Brotherhood. The episode described Manson's brief alliance with the AB.
* ''Series/{{Aquarius}}'' is a fictionalized version of the Manson Family's activities and police efforts to stop them.
* Chanel #3 of ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' is supposedly Charles Manson's daughter. And there's a serial killer on the loose...

[[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 Creator/MarilynMonroe and Charles Manson. The ThemeNaming carried through with his original band, all of whose members used stage names with the (female sex symbol) (serial killer) format. 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, ''Music/PortraitOfAnAmericanFamily''.
* "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.
* Music/MachineHead's ''Bloodstone & Diamonds'' has the song "Night of Long Knives", which is about him and his family.
* 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) on their ''Music/TwentyTwenty'' album as "Never Learn Not To Love" (originally titled "Cease To Exist"). 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]].
* He is also mentioned in "Glad To See You Go" by Music/TheRamones from their album ''Music/LeaveHome''.
* Music/NineInchNails' breakthrough album ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' was recorded in the house where Manson and his "family" murdered Sharon Tate.
* Music/DeathGrips album ''Exmilitary'' opens with a sampled rant from Manson. "I make the money, man. I roll the nickels. The game is mine. I deal the cards."


[[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.


[[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''.
* In a five-minute {{Claymation}} segment on MTV's 1997 ''Cartoon Shushi'' which would eventually become the pilot for ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'', he fought Music/MarilynManson, ultimately losing when the musician ripped his skeleton out through his mouth.