This was a truly horrific murder spree. Sometimes I think the humanity of the victims is really lost in all the Charles Manson craziness. Humans are always looking to belong, looking for their “people”, looking for people like themselves, craving a connection of some kind. Manson played into this at one of the easiest times in history to pull it off. He didn’t even know what type of world he was walking out into when he was released from prison in the 1967. But he was good at adapting quickly, after years of having to survive abusive care from relatives and then people in the reform schools and boys homes he lived in and on into prison. He came out with his pimp knowledge and his Dale Carnegies’ How to Make Friends and Influence People education along with his gift of being able to turn into (or seem like) what people wanted. He didn’t change into what he wanted until they were well well ensnared.
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