Unspeakable Times

Inside Charles Manson's Messed Up Childhood

Charles Manson is one of the most well-known criminals in American history. Like fellow killer Ed Gein, Manson had a complicated relationship with his mother, who went to prison when Manson was only 5 years old. He never knew his biological father and bounced between his aunt and uncle's home, reform schools, motels, and prison for most of his life until he started the cult known as "The Manson Family." 

Psychologists believe tracing Manson’s development from child to adulthood offers insight into the mind of a man the media find synonymous with madness and death. Manson's turbulent upbringing may factor into how he convinced his “Family” to commit the Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969.