Charles Manson Photos and Videos: See His Crime Scenes, Turbulent Trial and Wild Interviews From Prison

Charles Manson during an interview on August 25, 1989. The cult leader died Sunday. Calvin Hom CP/Reuters

Charles Manson, the charismatic cult leader who died Sunday, was a failed singer inspired to evil by misinterpreting Beatles lyrics into a twisted vision of a race war.

Here's a quick look at his life in photos.

Manson, who died at age 83, started amassing followers as a 30-something with a stalling music career and two prison terms under his belt. He created a family largely of young runaways and led them in sex and LSD trips, according to The Washington Post.

The story of the abandoned movie ranch where the Manson family launched Helter Skelter.

— Curbed LA (@CurbedLA) October 18, 2017

Then, in August 1969, he turned them into killers.

Over two nights, a group of Manson Family members targeted two houses and attacked their inhabitants in an attempt to launch a race war. On August 9, they shot a young man named Steve Parent in a car, then repeatedly stabbed and shot pregnant actress Sharon Tate, hairdresser Jay Sebring, heiress Abigail Folger and Folger's boyfriend, Voytek Frykowski. On August 10, they killed grocery store owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.

After the killings, they used the victims' blood to write on the walls.

The Manson Family Crime Scene Photos #crimescene

— Investigating Crimes (@investigatingc) February 28, 2016

Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles "Tex" Watson were arrested and convicted in connection with the murders. So, too, was Manson himself, after a lengthy trial during which he tried to rush the judge and yelled, "In the name of Christian justice, someone should chop off your head," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Manson etched an X into his forehead during court proceedings to show that he'd X'ed himself from the world, CNN reported. He later converted it to a swastika.

1969 Charles Manson is arrested at Barker Ranch in #DeathValley #OTD and charged with grand theft auto @CI @latimes @LAPDHQ

— On This Day (@Iain_McDougall) October 12, 2017

Charles Manson, the leader of a cult who killed seven people in a bloody rampage in L.A. in 1969, has died at 83. Manson dubbed the rampage, "Helter Skelter." (Photo: AP)

— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 20, 2017

Charles Manson, satanic mastermind behind murder of actress Sharon Tate, dies at 83 #CharlesManson

— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 20, 2017

Manson caused trouble in prison. Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told the Times he broke the rules by keeping a secret cell phone, trying to smuggle in a saw blade, possessing marijuana and splashing hot coffee on guards, among other transgressions. He also gave interviews, both in person and via phone, about his lifestyle and crimes.

"What's violent about pulling your finger across the trigger? There's no violence. It's just a person there and you move your finger and they're gone. What's violent about that?" he told Rolling Stone in 2013. "But let me ask you this. Will you ever forgive me for what you think I did? Think about it. Don't let your brain be lame. I didn't kill nobody. So will you ever forgive me for what you think I did?"

Charles Manson, who led deranged followers known as the Manson Family into a series of horrific crimes that haunted Americans for over a generation, has died at 83.

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 20, 2017

This past January, Manson was treated for gastrointestinal issues, and last week TMZ reported that the convict was back in the hospital. He died at 8:13 p.m. local time on Sunday, according to NBC News.

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