One of the most famous prisoners of all time, Charles Manson has died at age 83 of natural causes in a California hospital near the prison that has served as his home for more than 45 years.
The head of the Manson Family was found guilty in 1971 of orchestrating the murders of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate. He was reported to have sought to start a ‘race war’, which he dubbed ‘Helter Skelter’ after The Beatles’ song of the same name.
Manson was sentenced to death, a sentence which was later amended to life imprisonment in Corcoran State Prison after California discontinued the death penalty.
Manson’s health had been steadily deteriorating, due to a number of medical ailments, and he was deemed too weak to undergo surgery for intestinal bleeding earlier this year
Thus ends 46 years behind bars for the madman. After killing Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, Manson and other members of his “family” were convicted of multiple first-degree murder counts. The cult ringleader was originally sentenced to death penalty, but when California abolished the punishment in 1972, Manson’s sentence was commuted to life in prison. He then tried to secure parole twelve times but was denied in every attempt.
From behind bars, Manson still managed to pose a danger to others in countless instances, and at best, his behavior acted as a persistent nuisance for prison staff and officials. The ever-defiant cult leader set fires and tried to cause floods. He lashed out at other prisoners, busted heads, and burned guards with hot coffee. Although old age slowed down the frequency and intensity of Manson’s chaos-filled antics, he reportedly felt he was immortal.
To repeat, Charles Manson is dead at age 83.
Manson has no immediate family to claim his body, so it is up to the state after a 10 day time period to decide whether his remains will be cremated or buried.