Tag: Charles Manson
How did Charles Manson, an illiterate ex-con, become such an influential cult leader and turn a group of peaceful hippies into cold-blooded killers? Journalist Tom O'Neill set out to answer this and more in his book, 'Chaos.' Read about Manson's early years—starting with his neglectful mother, then moving on to his stints in institutions for 'delinquent' children and ultimately, in federal prison.
Samuel Little murdered as many as 93 women, some almost a half century ago. But all these years later, he still remembers their faces. A&E Real Crime spoke with sociology and criminology professor Jack Levin, who explained how serial killers remember their victims and why these details are so important to them.
Tricia Griffith, who runs the web forum Websleuths, talks to A&E Real Crime about her close encounter with Ted Bundy, how the online community dug into the Casey Anthony case and why she believes police should let amateur sleuths help in investigations.
Dr. Ashley Hampton, a licensed psychologist who works in the prison system with both victims and perpetrators of violent crime, tells us about how the traumatic childhoods of Charles Manson, Aileen Wuornos and Richard Ramirez may have shaped their adult behavior.
Journalist and therapist Nikki Meredith has corresponded with two of Charles Manson's most infamous followers for decades: convicted murderers Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel. After writing a book delving into the psychologies of the two women, Meredith spoke with us about what the former cult members are like today.