Kathleen aka Katherine Manson
has been written about Charles Manson and his affiliation with WV.
The Internet is full of Charles Manson information also.
This page is mostly about Charles's mother, Kathleen aka
First, from the Charleston Daily Mail
Manson lived on Central Ave in NORTH CHARLESTON, not Charleston. The street is now gone.
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Sara Jane Moore & Manson
Corbin Daily Tribune
Sept. 25, 1975
Manson, Sara Have Same Hometown
Charleston W.Va (AP) Sara Jane Kahn and Charles Manson bought a lot of candy from Van Watson when they were children.
"Sara Jane was a serious pupil but Manson liked to play a little bit of
hooky," says Watson. Sara Jane, now Sara Jane Moore, is in jail for
trying to kill President Ford. Manson is serving life in prison for the
1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate and six others. And, one of
Manson's followers, Lynette Fromme , also is charged with trying to kill
the president, in a separate incident.
"Kathleen Manson, Charles' mother, was a clerk in my store for three or
four months," Watson said in an interview Monday. Charles was about 9
or 10 years old then, around 1942. He was an ordinary boy, nothing
outstanding, I sold him a lot of candy. He'd come in two or three
times a day, whenever he got a penny."
Watson said he was shocked to learn that Sara Jane Kahn was the person
accused of shooting at the president. "I knew her from childhood," he
said. "She came into the store to buy candy on her way to school. She
was a loner- almost always by herself. She never had much to say about
anything. She always had a couple of books under her arm and seemed to
take school seriously."
The Kahn's lived in a big log house up Woodward Dr. from his store and
the Manson's lived in a house across the street from his store. "I was
very much surprised the way those two turned out," Watson said.
"Charles wasn't much good at going to school- he liked to play a little
bit of hooky. But I expected Sara Jane to grow up and become somebody
with a good education and a responsible position in life. I never
dreamed she would be somebody who'd try to kill the President."
It is not known whether Manson and Sara Jane Kahn knew each other while living here.
MANSON DIED ON NOV 19, 2017.
and right after WWII , school children were requested (required)
to give their
fingerprints for identification purposes. This image from the WV State Police
Charlie Manson's fingerprints at 8 years of age.
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