10 Weird Facts About Charles Manson’s Childhood
Interesting, weird and bizarre tidbits about Charles Manson’s childhood. How did he become the man he is today?
While reading about Charles Manson for another article (Self Portrait of a Madman: Charles Manson), I ran into several interesting facts about him that I had never heard before. His life has been under extreme scrutiny in the last four decades since he has been incarcerated for multiple killings. I guess people just want to have some sort of understanding of how someone could become like him. This article and the facts within it are not an excuse for the kind of person he has become merely a list of weird facts of his childhood. While there has been much rumor and speculation of his life, I’ve tried to ensure that the list only contains items which have been reported by multiple sources, hopefully Manson himself.
Charles Manson is not the name he was born with
In fact for the first few weeks after he was born, he was known as “No Name Maddox”. When his mother did get around to legally naming him, his name was Charles Milles Maddox. His last name did not become Manson until after his mother married William Manson and his mother gave him the surname. While the marriage did not last, his last name did.
He was once traded for beer
Manson relates the following story: “Mom was in a cafe one afternoon with me on her lap. The waitress, a would-be mother without a child of her own, jokingly told my Mom she’d buy me from her. Mom replied, ‘A pitcher of beer and he’s yours.’ The waitress set up the beer, Mom stuck around long enough to finish it off and left the place without me. Several days later my uncle had to search the town for the waitress and take me home.”
He wore a dress on his first day to school
After his mother was incarcerated for robbery, Charles was shuffled off to various relatives. The uncle that he was living with when school started decided he was too feminine and made him wear a dress to school. Manson wrote: “Grandmom said I don’t fight – I didn’t fight – my uncle beat me with a douch bag and no fight. Then he put a red dress on me and said if you gonna be a girl, dress like a girl. If I remember fighting and fighting and fighting. Reckon I’ll ever get this red dress off.”