There is something pretty darn interesting about horrible people in history with magnetic personalities. We look back at the charisma Adolf Hitler brought to his speeches, and more recently, the way Ted Bundy wooed many audiences of the court during his trial, and cannot seem to look away. We know it’s inherently wrong the things they do, but continue to be drawn to them in some way.
This is also the case with the infamous Charles Manson. Manson famously led a cult that led out a series of murders that led to his eventual arrest and incarceration. From what we know, the man never lifted a finger himself, but instead warped the minds of his followers to carry things out in his stead.
Manson is a central character in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week, and during a press conference, Tarantino himself was asked why we are still fascinated by the events that took place because of Manson:
“I think we’re fascinated by it because at the end of the day, it seems unfathomable. I’ve done a lot of research on it. How he was he was able to get these girls and young boys to cement to him seems unfathomable. The more you learn about it, the more information you get, it doesn’t make it any clearer. It actually makes it even more obscure the more you know. And I think the unknowingness of it, the impossibility of being able to truly understand it is what I think causes its fascination.”
Of course, as I mentioned above, our obsession with the morbid doesn’t end with Manson, but I think he is on point. A lot of what happens with people seems counterintuitive to our logic, and we sometimes find ourselves diving deeper and deeper in hopes of finding some understanding. At the end of the day, it’s our curiosity that keeps us asking questions about these enigmatic figures.
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