Before he became the Antichrist Superstar, singer Marilyn Manson was a kid named Brian Warner. Even though there are rumors about Manson’s life - his removed rib, his time spent on network television - the true stories about Marilyn Manson's childhood are weirder than anything someone could make up.
From the beginning of his career, Manson has courted controversy - but what was Marilyn Manson like growing up? Did he wear a back brace and run around like a monster or was he normal? Manson’s formative years are like something out of a David Lynch film. While there was a normalcy to many of his childhood surroundings, the people in his life were incredibly strange.
When someone suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, their entire family suffers along with them. This form of mental illness occurs when a caregiver fakes a child's illness. MSBP can take a myriad of forms, and in the case of young Brian Warner, his mother had him in and out of the hospital.
Manson told Rolling Stone that she convinced him that he had anemia, allergies, and overly long earlobes. That last point stuck with him so much that when his band was finally successful, he had a plastic surgeon cut his earlobes down. He explained his decision to seek out a plastic surgeon for his ears as a "suggestion" from his mother.
One major piece of Marilyn Manson lore is that as a young person he was routinely bullied by his peers for perceived homosexual tendencies. The singer has never spoken at length about the treatment he suffered at the hands of his classmates, but that feeling of being "the other" has definitely ingrained itself in Manson's head.
Rather than allow the beatings to make him conform, Manson transformed himself into the strangest person in the world. If his former classmates thought he was weird in school, then his transformation from Brian Warner to Marilyn Manson was sure to prove that he was weirder than they could ever imagine.
One of the more terrifying stories from Manson's childhood is the claim that someone broke into his parent's house in the middle of the night and tried to smother him with a pillow in his sleep.
His mother told him this happened when he was around the age of 8 or 9. Manson has no recollection of this, but he's never been able to sleep without some kind of noise in the background.
One of Manson's more outlandish - and incredibly dark - claims about his childhood is that he once crept down into his grandfather's basement and watched as the old man touched himself to explicit content over his model train set.
The scene stayed with Manson long enough to make its way into his 1996 masterpiece, Antichrist Superstar, in the form of the track "Kinderfeld." The first verse of the song deals with an old man who "turns the trains on" to make his problems go away.