Very few people can say they have instilled the level of fear in Americans as Charles Milles Manson and his cult followers The Family have. On November 19, 2017, Charles Manson died at 83-years-old, inspiring numerous memes of people who are celebrating his death. Though there are a few “RIP” showing up online, the majority of memes are of people reveling in the fact that the notorious serial killer dubbed “The Face of Evil” is dead.
A vagabond group of teen runaways and hippies that met Manson during the height of the “Tune In, Turn On, and Drop Out” generation, it didn’t take long before this group of free-loving, group sing-a-long band of hippies showed that they were willing to unleash bloody murder for their leader. Manson became an enigma to many and the personification of evil to nearly all but his followers. Some looked to his childhood roots, trying to find a cause or explanation for his anti-social personality. The son of a 15-year-old teen mom who later served time for armed robbery, some thought Manson was simply born bad. Others thought the indoctrination of his religious zealot aunt who raised him was the underlying cause.
In trouble with the law at an early age, others felt that Manson was the product of a criminal justice system that fails to meet the needs of children who are on the cusp of slipping through the cracks. Whatever the reason, no one reached Manson.
He was not helped, he was not saved, and whatever his madness, he was not cured.
Even his crimes are met with debate and skepticism. Some feel that Manson targeted the home of Roman Polanski and his 8-month-pregnant wife Sharon Polanski as part of the LSD-fueled, white supremacist race war dubbed “Helter Skelter.” It was a theory or basis for the cult’s teachings that Manson apparently drew from listening to the Beatle’s “White Album.”
Manson would teach about Helter Skelter that was a mixture of Bible verses and Beatles’ lyrics. After all, to Manson’s followers he was Jesus Christ, so naturally, he should save them from the coming Armageddon which would be a race war.
Charles Manson, cult leader behind the Manson Family murders, is dead at 83 pic.twitter.com/ghnuGVKgD0
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 20, 2017
But then there’s the other motive behind the most horrific crimes Hollywood has ever encountered: getting a raw music deal.
Manson’s girls had met Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys and after Wilson met “Charlie” he liked his music. He was going to hook Manson and his family of singers up with a record deal and Manson was going to finally make it. He would bring his music, and most likely his apocalyptic visions to the masses.
Only it wasn’t to be. Not only did Manson’s dream fail to become reality. But Terry Melcher, the producer Dennis Wilson introduced him to wasn’t interested. Manson was dismissed without a second thought.
Not only did Melcher not sign Charles Manson, but the Beach Boys recorded two of Manson’s songs without giving him a song credit.
Terry Melcher just happened to rent the home at 10050 Cielo Drive. It was the home Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate would later rent. The home where Manson’s family members would return on August 9, 1969, and slaughter everyone inside.
— terry k carr (@terrykcarr) November 20, 2017
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— New York Times Books (@nytimesbooks) August 7, 2013
The true number of Manson’s victims will never truly be known. What is certain; however, is that he has become synonymous with the face of evil and that isn’t likely to change now that he’s dead.
American Horror Story just finished Season 7: Cult and actor Evan Peters portrayed many famous cult leaders including Charles Manson. Manson was depicted in the final episode. The day after American Horror Story’s season 7 finale, word spread that Manson was on his deathbed.
Some found the timing surreal.
Another interesting tidbit some are finding surreal is that Terry Melcher passed away on November 19, 2004. Manson died thirteen years later to the day on November 19, 2017.
Here is a sample of how the Internet reacted to the news that Charles Manson is dead and some of the memes popping up on social media.
Charles Manson is dead. On the bright side, Charles Manson is dead.
— God (@TheGoodGodAbove) November 20, 2017
Twitter: 'Cult leader and serial killer Charles Manson dead at 83'
— haikatte ᵕ̈ (@haikatte) November 20, 2017
when charles manson is dead??♂️ pic.twitter.com/DIHPACNWNv
— joshua noel (@josh15644543) November 20, 2017
— ?Stefano Dee? (@NotoriousSDA) November 20, 2017
What did you think when you heard the news that Charles Manson was dead? Did you do a dance, breathe a sigh of relief or share a meme online?