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Marilyn Manson's Real Life Is Even Crazier Than The Rumors You've Probably Heard

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Brian Hugh Warner is one fascinating individual. Not familiar with him? You're definitely familiar with his alter ego: Marilyn Manson. His legal name is probably one of the many things you didn't know about Marilyn Manson. The American musician took his stage moniker from two pop culture opposites - superstar Marilyn Monroe and mass murderer Charles Manson. From behind that spooky persona, he's released unforgettable songs like "The Beautiful People" and "The Dope Show," and made appearances in a number of movies.

Delve deeper into the Marilyn Manson biography, and you'll uncover a number of weird tales. He's one of the most prominent members of the Church of Satan, and he's fostered friendships with everyone from Johnny Depp to Macaulay Culkin. And then there's Manson's house, which is apparently filled with bizarre artifacts like children's books and paintings done by convicted killers. Maybe you consider him disturbing, but it might be more accurate to call him complicated. As these fascinating Marilyn Manson stories and facts show, he's one of the most intriguing figures in the music scene.

  • Macaulay Culkin Bought Him His First Pack Of Cigarettes

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    In an interview with Jay Leno, Manson talked about his time on the set of Party Monster, a 2003 film starring Macaulay Culkin. Manson had a small role in the movie as a smoking character, which presented a problem for the non-smoking musician. Luckily, Culkin was there to help him out. He bought Manson his first-ever pack of Virginia Slims Lite at a liquor store - after the ever-youthful Culkin showed his ID, of course.

  • Charles Manson Wrote Him A Strange Note

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    Manson took part of his stage name from Charles Manson, the serial killer who terrorized southern California in the 1960s. The murderer is behind bars, but in 2012 he sent Manson a bizarre postcard. The rambling note contains some vaguely threatening statements:

    "It’s taken me a long time to get there from where I could touch M. Manson. Now I got a card to play - you may look into my non-profit, ATWA, and give Manson what you think he’s got coming for Air, Trees, Water, and you. Or I will pay Manson what you think Manson got coming - the music has make Manson into Abraxas Devil, and I’m SURE you would want some of what I got from what I got. It’s a far out balance."

    Manson didn't respond to the convicted killer.

  • He Launched An Award-Winning Absinthe

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    Manson has been involved in some unique business ventures, including the creation of his own brand of absinthe, Mansinthe. Like all true absinthes, it contains wormwood, and packs a hefty 66.6% proof punch. The drink won a gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

    The musician reportedly used to exclusively consume absinthe, but as of 2015, he claims that he's no longer drinking the stuff.

  • He Had A Bizarre Relationship With His Grandfather

    Even before he adopted his larger-than-life stage persona, Manson's life wasn't exactly normal. As a child, Manson, then known as Brian Warner, would go down to his grandfather's basement and watch him masturbate to adult videos featuring bestiality. Manson says that he found his grandfather's predilections to be repulsive at the time, but he now empathizes with the old man because he too has been misunderstood.