Charles Manson should burn in Hell just for the act of making it impossible to listen to “Helter Skelter” without thinking of him. If there is such a place as Hell, I’m sure it has a special place for the type of evil Manson was.
It’s very easy and simplistic to cast a killer as evil. Sure, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Jeffrey Dahmer were evil, but Manson was in a different category. It’s a different level of evil when you don’t have to physically kill anyone yourself, but have the power to make other people do it for you.
Manson didn’t have money. He didn’t have a TV or radio to spread his gospel. He didn’t have fame. What he had was enough charisma to influence his followers to kill for him. They did just that in 1969, killing seven people in southern California.
Manson had an almost-hypnotic control over his followers. Like most people who are worshiped with cult-like devotion, Manson was full of shit. He was preparing his followers for a race war between blacks and whites which would destroy the “establishment” and leave Manson as the world’s leader. His followers believed the murders would be blamed on blacks and lead to the race war Manson was promising. The murders just so happened to follow Manson’s rejection by agents and others in the music business who didn’t recognize his self-proclaimed musical talents. Though, Manson was able to get one of his songs on a Beach Boys album.
The deputy district attorney who prosecuted Manson said his name was “a metaphor for evil.” In a story in The Washington Post, behavioralists who studied Manson said, “he was not crazy, but he could fake it and had an insatiable need to control others, prompting him to recruit naive and malleable acolytes to his family.” Manson and four of his followers were convicted and sentenced to die in 1971, but the sentences were reduced to life in prison after California abolished the death penalty. Manson petitioned and was rejected for parole 12 times.
Books, movies, and TV specials were made about Manson. Despite serving nine life sentences he was still able to attract followers. He even became engaged while in prison in 2014, though the marriage license eventually expired.
Relatives of Manson’s victims hoped someday he would realize the suffering and pain he caused others and would feel remorse. I think death at 83 came first.
Creative note: I kinda feel bad for doing this cartoon because it’s so simple. There’s nothing profound or unique in saying Manson went to Hell. I know there will be several other cartoons with the same theme. Usually, when I’m aware of that then I try to find another idea on the subject. But, I really wanted to draw Manson in Hell. A lot of people have been waiting a long time for this. I feel like I drew this cartoon for them and not for myself. Plus, I know my clients will want to use it. Newspapers like simple.
I’ll try to be deep and profound tomorrow.
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