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In the 1990’s an exotic and controversial musician came onto the scene. His name? Marilyn Manson. Satanism and school massacres were pinned on him and his music. Some successful stores such as Walmart and Target wouldn’t even sell his CDs. A man who could cause so much controversy can only have a wild background and life. Here are 20 facts about Marilyn Manson that will blow your mind.

Munchausen Syndrome

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Marilyn’s mother suffered from Munchausen syndrome, which led her to believe that there was always something wrong with her. By proxy, Marilyn was taught to believe that he had an allergy to eggs and fabric softener and pneumonia. None of this was true.

Heart Condition

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Manson has a heart condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. It causes an irregular heartbeat and has put him in the hospital multiple times.

Expelled

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Manson didn’t particularly like going to school. He hated it so much that he would try to get expelled from Canton’s Heritage Christian School. One time he stole his grandparent’s sex toys and hid them in his teacher’s desk.

Satanist

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Though he attending a Christian school, Manson is a minister of the Church of Satan.

Sexual Preferences

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Manson has had relationships with Evan Rachel Wood and Dita Von Teese. It’s come out that he has some interesting sexual preferences. One thing is that he doesn’t take his underwear all the way off. Why? “I have a phobia that the house is going to catch fire, and I don’t want to be naked,” he said.

College Major

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While attending college, Manson studied journalism and landed a job at a magazine in Fort Lauderdale. He never planned on being one of the world’s most famous musicians.

Disturbing Collections

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One of Manson’s hobbies is collecting disturbing items. “I have a lot of taxidermy, prosthetic limb collection, and a seven-foot tall, 100-year-old skeleton I call Ernie,” he said. On top of that, he also owns art painted by ferocious serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Arguments Over Collectables

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His strange collectables even caused an argument with band member Madonna Wayne Gacy when he used the band’s profits to purchase masks made of human skin and Nazi artifacts. Manson claimed that this was absolutely “ridiculous.”

Encounters with the Law

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Manson is no stranger to the law. One instance is when a security guard sued him for sexual assault. In 2001 Manson allegedly rubbed his crotch on the guard’s head during a show. He paid $4,000.

Accused Murderer

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The mother of Jennifer Syme accused Manson for killing her daughter after she had left a part at his house in 2001 and died in a car accident. Manson explained that when the Jennifer left she was with a designated driver.

Columbine Massacre

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In 1999, 15 people were killed when two high school students brought machine guns into Columbine High School. Some people blamed Manson’s music for making the kids commit the massacre. Manson responded with an op-ed in Rolling Stone about the massacre.

Scars

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It takes a lot to be a great performer. Manson would cut himself while on stage during his performance. By the time he wrote his autobiography, he said he had over 450 scars on his body from these self inflicted wounds. Keep in mind that this book came out two decades ago.

Proving Innocence

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While performing in Rome, Manson was arrested after fan claimed that he had cut off his genitals and threw them in the audience while dressed as the Pope. Manson gladly dropped trou and showed the cops that his genitals were still there.

Johnny Depp BFF

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One of Manson’s best friends is legendary Johnny Depp. They even have matching tattoos on their wrists.

Macaulay Culkin

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Who thought a child actor would be a bad influence on a rockstar? It was Macaulay Culkin who introduced Manson to smoking cigarettes in 2003.

Stage Name

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Marilyn Manson isn’t the singer’s real name. He created his stage name using Marilyn Monroe’s first name and Charles Manson’s last name. “The name signified the union of two opposing celebrities. One a martyr, the other a killer.” he said.

Nude Photos

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Manson isn’t afraid of being in the nude. In fact, he was arrested twice for indecent exposure. You can see what he’s packing in a 1999 issue of Honcho.

Denied from Church

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While in Germany, Manson was denied entry to Cologne’s cathedral. He supposes it was because he was wearing lipstick.

Appreciates His Fans

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Manson participates in the Make-A-Wish foundation. In 2002 he allowed a dying fan to sing backup for his The Golden Age of the Grotesque album.

Smoked Human Bones

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Marilyn Manson always has something up his sleeve to make people uncomfortable. Whether it’s smoking human bones or throwing raw meat on his fans, you can always expect something controversial to come from the singer.