Man learns that Charles Manson is his biodad

A 41-year-old man searching for his biological father reports that he became depressed after discovering it's Charles Manson. It doesn't help that dear old dad signs his prison letters to his son with a swastika.


    1. Something wrong with your browser? Mark linked to a blog post that links to the original article in The Sun.

  1. any boingers listened to charlie’s creative commons album ‘one mind’?
    he does waffle on a bit, but there’re a few pretty good grooves happening considering it sounds like he’s making it up as he goes along.
    i know he’s as mad as a box of frogs, but it seems a little unbalanced that he’s still inside, seeing as though he never actually killed anyone and was charged with conspiracy and association.
    there are people who’ve done far worse who got a lot less time

    1. I dunno, I think he’s a lot more dangerous than many people that have actually killed someone. The ability – and willingness – to enthrall people and convince them to kill others is a lot more effective than just going around killing them yourself.

    1. I think George Bush should be in jail too. But one injustice does not excuse another, and Manson gets to sit his fool ass in custody where he at least is kept away from the public.

    1. The crime is first degree murder. It’s still murder even if you don’t do the physical killing: he set up the situation, the motive, in one case tied the victims up. Hitler didn’t personally kill anyone either (as far as I know). Is he still responsible for the Holocaust? (And yes, Godwin’s Law and all that, but in this case the comparison is somewhat apt, if not in scale).

      1. “He was convicted of conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders, carried out by members of the group at his instruction. He was found guilty of the murders themselves through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes his fellow conspirators commit in furtherance of the conspiracy’s object.[4][5]”

        wikipedia of course :)

        Yes freshacconci is correct. To suggest that Manson is in some fashion of diminished responsibility relative to those who actually physically committed the murders is naive in the extreme.

        The various leaders in the Balkan wars were responsible for the actions of their followers, as much as the leaders in the Rawanda massacre.

        Trolling becomes no one.

  2. you really think manson is capable of “enthralling” anybody anymore?

    “hummina hummina…, you see…we’re all just taking our time, you know? the police make pies while the people, and that includes me, and us, and whoever is out there, no matter who, unless they’re the enemy, and the enemy is the enemy. you can’t get around that. and so we have to do something, to make it so it doesn’t happen again and so it doesn’t happen in the future and it doesn’t every happen in the now. because the now is where things happen and when the man comes down on you, he’s going to come down on you now. not in the past, and not in the future. the now is when it happens, so you see…”

  3. Son of Man.
    Neil Gaiman wrote a short story about this some time ago. It’s in the Smoke and Mirrors collection.

  4. Darth Manson: *I* am your father.
    Matthew: No. No. That’s not true. That’s impossible!
    Darth Manson: Search your feelings, you *know* it to be true!
    Matthew: [anguished] No! No!

    I was willing to take this story at face value – it’s certainly plausible – but hearing the skeptics, I’m leaning toward the attention whoring side. Let’s see the proof.

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