The Manson Family Cult And Cult Killers Essay

1274 Words Sep 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Introduction:

When the word “cult” is looked up on any search engine, many names pop up, but one of the most infamous cult murderers is Charlie Manson and his cult followers. The murders began in 1969 with “the Tate-LaBianca slayings” (Erik Hedegaard) and led to many more murders which makes the Manson family one of the most feared cults of all time. There are many factors that made the Manson family one of the most famous cults in the nation: the cults beliefs, the Helter Skelter story ,the gruesome murders, and the outcomes of important members of the family, where many factors that helped the cult rise to infamy. The Manson Family Cult Beliefs:

“[A] small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous.” This is the definition of cult according to Merriam-Webster, Dangerous maybe an understatement for Charlie Manson and his group of followers who caused chaotic murder during the late 1960s.The family, an infamous cult well known for their murdering of Sharon Tate and the Labianca family in 1969, also known as “The Tate and Labianca slayings” (Erik Hedegaard), had a strong moral belief in their leader Charles who convinced the group to commit these vile crimes. Erik Hedegaard mentions in an issue of Rolling Stones that “Charlie let it be known he might be Jesus, and everyone treated him as such, which has led to the belief that he had some kind of super-duper hypnotic…

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