Charles Manson: After 60 years of incarceration he’s a changed man. Or is he?

Charles Manson

Charles Manson

In a prison in California’s San Joaquin Valley is one of the most infamous convicted killers of all time: Charles Manson.

He’s 79 years old now. He looks pretty good for his age in his wrinkle-free, tidy, prison-approved blue shirt. He’s known now as a pro-Earth ATWA (air, trees, water and animals) environmentalist.

He seems like a nice guy, but he also has a habit of bouncing his finger off the tip of people’s noses and saying to them, “If I can touch you, I can kill you.”

Charles Manson Today: The Final Confessions of a Psychopath, in Rolling Stone Magazine.


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The one thing I always got from interviews and courtroom video of Charles Manson is that he doesn’t even try to wear the mask of sanity. He obviously doesn’t need to use a mask to continue attracting devoted followers. Maybe that’s society is still so fascinated with him – we just don’t get how such an obviously demented personality got people to kill for him.


He is one of the most notorious outlaws, and people are fascinated with outlaws. Some are more dangerous than others, and Manson is certainly one of the more dangerous ones. Even the journalist found himself being charmed by Manson. I was originally thinking how the weak-willed and lonely could be taken in by a charming sociopath and find the logic in the the sociopath’s demented thinking. But really, anyone can fall prey to the charms of a very charismatic sociopath – even a very strong-willed person. That’s why they are so dangerous.


Charles Manson a changed man – that is almost funny to read and the answer is NO. Most prisoners learn to say what they need to say to get out of jail so that they can commit a similar crime. I have following Charles Manson for many, many years and he is nothing more than a murderer and psychopath and he will always be that. He honestly believes that he is better than everyone else and will stop at nothing to rid the world of people like you and I. This man should never be release and will never change despite what he says or does while in jail. I personally believe that tax payer dollars should not be spent keeping him alive and comfortable. Comfort and prison should never go hand in hand. He should be made to suffer as he made other suffer.


Charles Manson is and will remain a psychopath. They do not evolve from that core beingness.

I watched this video and it made me cry. I do think she needs to stay in prison. She murdered and was sentenced to life. That is the consequence of her choice. But in her interview, she explains the path of her awakening of her conscience awareness. I think we all can relate to that part.

But… as much as I wanted my ex husband’s love, there came a point when I realized I was unable to commit fraud for him, unable to lie for him, and certainly unable to murder for him… and this is the part why I think Patricia Krenwinkel should serve her full sentence.

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