Charles Manson Crime Theory

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Initially born “No-Name Maddox”, Charles Manson is regarded as one of the most notorious and sinister killers as well as cult leaders of the 20th century. The astonishing ability of Manson to manipulate and control individuals led him to assemble a vicious cult that committed gruesome murders that struck tremendous fear in to the hearts of every American during the 1960s. The criminal acts of the Manson family cult was committed on the belief that they were destined to be the ultimate beneficiaries of a race war. The murders that took place on August 9th of 1969 and the LaBianca murders on August 10th became known as two of the most ferocious events committed by the Manson family. These famous incidents as well as Manson’s troubled childhood and twisted views of society can both be further explained by Gottferdson and Hirschi’s “General Theory of Crime” and Edwin Sutherland’s “Differential Association” theory.
The General Theory of Crime assumes that lack of an individual’s self-control is the predominant factor behind criminal behavior. The low self-control in early childhood aspect of the theory places tremendous emphasis on parental upbringings, and further suggest that self-control is the result of early socialization in the family. Both
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And the heinous murders committed by Manson himself and his cult family can also be explained by Edwin Sutherland’s Differential Association Theory. Moreover, both these theories are a tremendous aide in explaining how the lack of social bonds in Manson’s childhood eventually influenced him towards a life of crime, as well as how his cult members were criminally influenced through their association with such a criminally prone intimate group. Nonetheless, Manson the serial murderer and the notorious cult figure will continue to remain as one of the most sinister criminals of all

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