Charles Milles Manson (November 12, 1934-August 4, 1983) was an US porn distributor and the founder of Smut Industries. After his release from prison, Manson, noticing the change in moral climate in the United States, set up his own studio in his basement in Los Angeles where he recorded himself having sex with local prostitutes and runaway teens. Throughout the 1970's Manson became known by smut peddlers for his sadism and demand for his videos were popular with those who enjoyed Sadomasochism.
In February 1983, Manson became ill with pneumonia and after being admitted to the Los Angeles Memorial Hospital he was diagnosed with AIDS. After six months of experimental treatments, Manson succumbed to the virus on August 4, 1983. His body was cremated and his ashes were spread across Death Valley as he requested. Shortly after Manson's death Smut Industries filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors in 1985.