HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND…INFLUENCE KILLERS?
CHARLES MANSON WAS A SHORT INFLUENCER
It’s safe to say, Charles Manson never won any popularity contests. In fact, the notorious cult leader ranks right up there with guys named Hitler and Stalin when it comes to likability. Except when it came to his own followers. His band of disciples would literally do anything for the unemployed ex-con who barely stood five-feet-tall.
THE MANSON FAMILY SLAUGHTERED SEVEN PEOPLE
Known as the Manson Family, they went on a murder rampage in the summer of 1969 in the hope of starting a race war. He convinced his band of young misfits to slaughter at least seven people. Yet through it all, Manson never even got his hands dirty.
CHARLES MANSON STUDIED DALE CARNEGIE’S “HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE”
So how did he do it? According to the book, “The Life and Times of Charles Manson”, Charley was a huge fan of self-help guru Dale Carnegie who wrote the bestseller, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Manson even took classes in the subject where many believe he learned how to manipulate others to follow his every deranged command.
CHARLES MANSON THOUGHT SCIENTOLOGY WAS CRAZY
Several other stories still circulate about the late bearded boogeyman. Some are true—some aren’t. Yes, he became friends with Beach Boys drummer, Dennis Wilson, and the group even recorded one of his songs. And yes, Manson embraced Scientology while in prison although he later quit because he thought it was “too crazy.”
CHARLES MANSON WAS NO MONKEY
But the rumors about Manson auditioning to be in The Monkees pop group aren’t true. It turns out he was serving time in prison when the try-outs were held. It’s just as well since one could assume he’d give a whole new meaning to songs such as, “I’m A Believer.”