Charles Manson Then and Now

Charles Manson Then and NowCharles Manson, (aka Charles Milles Maddox), the self-proclaimed Messiah who presided over a commune-style group known as the Manson Family was convicted in 1971 in California in a trial covering a total of 27 count indictments against he and members of the family for the murders of seven persons, including actress Sharon Tate, (who was pregnant at the time of the murder), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.

In 1972, the death sentences of all Manson Family members were commuted to life imprisonment secondary to the case of California v. Anderson, wherein the death penalty was ruled cruel and unusual and was temporarily abolished until reinstated by Constitutional Amendment. Since being commuted, Manson has been denied parole eleven times as of 2007, his next opportunity coming in 2012.

Was justice done in the cases affected? Should those sentenced to death by California's penal system have had their sentences reversed? Should Manson and his followers have been executed as originally sentenced?

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  • Joe

    This is actually about 50 minutes on Charles Manson, then about 30 minutes on Ed Gein and John Wayne Gacy. At the end, a general program on murders committed in Hollywood.

  • Taavi

    There are mainly two types of documentaries. One wherein it is all centered on some small but ominous breakthrough in science, which starts, as well as ends with what-could-this-all-mean-time-will-tell speculations, and which keeps beating around the same bush, paraphrasing the theme in all possible ways. The second is a two-hour long speed-talk riddled with irrelevant names and personal connections around a certain famous figure, finally flying off at a tangent into obscurity. This is of the last kind.

  • WiseGapist

    The doc's title photo of Manson looks like a white Snoop Dogg^

  • http://twitter.com/Jenntendo Jennifer Vong

    This doc is extremely messy...

  • George Vreeland Hill

    It's a shame that a scumbag like Manson got to live all these years while his victims lay in graves.

    George Vreeland Hill

  • Angela Casper Kirk

    This man lives with comforts of life.
    There is no question what this man and his followers did.
    Thousands of dollars wasted on keeping this man alive.
    Death penalty cruel?
    what they did was beyond cruel.