The Manson Family

This assignment will assess competencies 1. Examine the motivations, drives, and outcomes of serial killers and 4. Explore the different types of serial killers.

Directions: Throughout our course we will relate our concepts to the Manson case. This is perhaps one of the best known examples of a serial killer in our modern history. If you are not familiar with it, please read the supplement book Helter Skelterand/or research the case online. The Crime Museum is a good place to start.

Last week, we explored “who” Charles Manson was and some of the challenges he faced. This week, expand your research to explore who the Manson Family was, what the membership demographic looked like, who the key members were, and how the family was formed.

Then, in a one to two page essay, address the questions below. Your assignment should be double spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font (black).

  • Describe who the Manson Family was, the membership demographic, the key members, and how the family was formed.
  • What do you see as the motivating factors for membership? That is, why did people join?
  • Did Manson establish control over the members? If so, how?

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