Born in Ohio and raised in the tri-state area of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio on the old time religion and the good book.
Born on November 11, 1934 along the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio, Charles Milles Manson would spend his youth learning about Jesus and the Bible in this heavy religious area sometimes referred to as the Bible belt. Charlie would spend a large part of his youth with relatives in and along the Ohio River in Kentucky, West Virginia and in Ohio. From the time Manson was born until he was around 5 years old he was raised by anyone in his immediate family who would take him in. His single mother an alcoholic who would pass him off onto any willing relative whom would take him, not returning for days and sometimes weeks on end. So Charlie being raised by many who were very religious and schooled on the Old Testament of Hell and damnation, many of them belonging to the Church of the Nazarene's.
One particular set of relatives an Aunt and Uncle who Manson said had some serious marital problems, solving them by being born again in the blood of Jesus Christ. Manson said they became to the extreme, with a strict belief in religion that would scare him at times. His grandmother who also raised him was just as extreme, not partaking in many of the devils works, such as television or motion pictures, no tobacco or alcohol, going to church on Wednesday evenings and twice on Sundays, taking Charlie along when he stayed with her in Kentucky and just as strict religious Aunt in McMechen, West Virginia.
Around 1939 Charlie’s mother whom was taking care of him at the time, along with her brother would attempt to rob a gas station, beating the clerks over the head with Soda Pop bottles to no avail, they would get caught and sentenced to time in Prison in Moundsville, West Virginia.
In 1941 Charles Manson was 7 years old and he said his grandmother had him give his heart to Jesus. Jesus works in mysterious ways and you must be broken to be born again is what they preach, Jesus would now have Charles Manson’s heart thanks to his grandmother, right along the great Ohio river in the Bible belt, that’s where Charles Manson first learned about Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior.
The video below Charlie talks about his life and crimes growing up in the tri-state area.
1952 Charles Manson was back in the Bible belt, in prison again in Chillicothe, Ohio, from Sept 22, 1952 until his parole on May 8, 1954, he was now 19 years old. One of the conditions of his parole was for him to go back to McMechen and live with his religious Aunt. He would go there, take on odd jobs like a parking lot attendant, and working in a gas station, or as a dancing instructor, and he also burglarized houses and stole cars. Charles stole a car in Wheeling and drove it to Florida, abandons it there and stole another one to drive back to West Virginia; he also ran booze, marijuana, and guns across many state lines.
He would go onto be one of the biggest well known so called cult leaders of his time, one can only wonder if Charles Manson learned his craft of preaching, and selling bottles of Dr. Good along the Ohio River. He would go on to be the face of one of the most horrific cult murders in American history all while his followers who did the killing all praised and loved Jesus, some going even as far as thinking Manson was Jesus, born in a manger along the Ohio River in the Bible Belt.