While we’re talking about famous serial killers, how about a man whose name is synonymous with brutal murder — Charles Manson? A new book on Manson, to be released next month, reveals that the criminal participated in Dale Carnegie training while in prison, before he became a cult figure. According to a pre-release book review:
In his new book, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, author Jeff Guinn credits Carnegie training with transforming Manson from “a low-level pimp” to the “frighteningly effective sociopath” who created a cult of killers in the late 1960s.
Read the review: Charles Manson’s turning point: Dale Carnegie classes, on Businessweek.com.
I haven’t read the book, but I am positive that Manson was a sociopath before he took the Dale Carnegie classes. Perhaps he learned tips and techniques, but he certainly had an innate ability to con and manipulate. He eventually became a cult leader, and I believe that cult leaders are simply sociopaths who take their manipulative behavior to a level far above run-of-the-mill predators. I wrote about this in a previous Lovefraud article:
By the way, Manson himself never killed anyone — he manipulated members of his “Family” into committing murder. That’s how good he was at controlling people, which is truly frightening. Manson was convicted of conspiracy, and was held jointly responsible for the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. He is still in prison.
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Manson: The life and times of Charles Manson, on Amazon.com.