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How did Charles Manson become an evil, cunning monster? In August 1969, the world is shocked by the savage murders of movie star Sharon Tate and four others at the sprawling Hollywood Hills estate she shares with film director Roman Polanski. When the following night another couple is brutally slaughtered, panic spreads among Los Angeles residents. Four months later, the mastermind behind these vicious crimes is arrested, and the public learns the name that would haunt it to this day: Charles Manson. But few knew then – or now – the full story behind the making of a mass murderer. In this groundbreaking 6-part series, host Tracy Pattin is joined by internationally acclaimed actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) to take listeners on a unique journey, investigating Manson’s unlikely path from his troubled childhood in rural West Virginia to the night he sent his out his followers to commit the most infamous crime in Hollywood history.

Young Charlie by Hollywood & Crime Wondery

    • 4.4, 1.9K Ratings

How did Charles Manson become an evil, cunning monster? In August 1969, the world is shocked by the savage murders of movie star Sharon Tate and four others at the sprawling Hollywood Hills estate she shares with film director Roman Polanski. When the following night another couple is brutally slaughtered, panic spreads among Los Angeles residents. Four months later, the mastermind behind these vicious crimes is arrested, and the public learns the name that would haunt it to this day: Charles Manson. But few knew then – or now – the full story behind the making of a mass murderer. In this groundbreaking 6-part series, host Tracy Pattin is joined by internationally acclaimed actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) to take listeners on a unique journey, investigating Manson’s unlikely path from his troubled childhood in rural West Virginia to the night he sent his out his followers to commit the most infamous crime in Hollywood history.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

Formerly Ms. Shaw ,

Overall, very well done--plenty interesting.

I didn't really know much of the details of Manson's life. His "heyday" occurred when I was only five years old. Wondery has done a good job of painting a vivid portrait of this infamous anti-social low-life. One thing however: as a Scientologist, I am interested in how people in all strata of society get along, how they deal with people, what effect they create in society. This podcast is dark but it's interesting to me in this way. I appreciate that you handled the topic of Scientology in a respectful manner but as someone with a long association with this group, I have to be straight with you: it's evident that you didn't take much of a look at the subject itself. Your descriptions of it are a mish-mash of things which (a) don't belong together and/or (2) don't exist or are not a part of the religion. I don't know what your source of information on Scientology is, but it's usually best to go to THE source to verify what's what. Otherwise, you've done a very good job.

got a tattoo ,

i’m tapping out

i’m giving this one star per episode that i’m able to get through. the male narrator makes me feel like i’m listening to an episode of Dragnet, or The Naked Gun series. i just can’t take it!

Rhys1081 ,

Poorly Made

Another cheaply made, self indulgent piece of murder porn “documentary”. Very little of the content is actually dedicated to the story of Manson and his “family”.

An entire episode of the 7 is dedicated to a giant advertisement, with plenty of content in the rest of the episodes full of ads for homeopathy medicine and other content they produce. The creators seem to think they had an actual look into the mind of Manson, affectionately calling him Charlie and seemingly revel in his sadistic methods. The gleeful way in which they portray him simply glorified a sadistic human.

Poorly structured, no natural flow, unnecessary jumps through time in an attempt to seem insightful, don’t waste your time.

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