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'I'm nobody': 28 years ago, Charles Manson gave one of the most eerie on-camera responses of all time

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Charles Manson after his arrest in 1969, left, and in a photo released March 19, 2009 by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Manson, who became one of the most notorious killers of the 20th century after his followers brutally murdered seven people in 1969, died on Nov. 19, 2017, in Kern County, Calif. He was 83 and had been behind bars for most of his life. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via The New York Times/copyright 2017)3 / 3

Over the course of his nearly 50-year imprisonment, cult leader and convicted serial killer Charles Manson gave his fair share of interviews to local and national media. But for many, one interview in particular stood out above the rest.

The interview took place in 1989, 20 years after Manson orchestrated the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969.

In the interview, Manson was asked by a journalist to describe "who he was" in one sentence. It would be Manson's response--and how he responded--that made people even more deeply disturbed with the convicted killer.

Immediately following the reporter's question, Manson leaps forward from his chair; his eyes doubling in size.

Manson then begins to lean back into his chair, and proceeds to give a series of freaky-looking faces, even sticking his tongue out at one point. 

Manson eventually answer the question approximately six seconds after it was asked.

"Nobody," Manson whispered to the reporter. "I'm nobody."

After a brief pause, Manson went on to answer the question even further.

"I'm a tramp, a bum, a hobo," Manson continued to whisper to the reporter. "I'm a boxcar and a jug of wine, and a straight razor if you get too close to me."

Manson, 83, died of natural causes Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. 

You can watch the interview in the scroll above or by clicking here.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson