The infamous prisoner and cult leader Charles Manson is dead. He died on Sunday at a hospital in Kern County, California, at age 83. Manson and his killer followers were serving life sentences for a wave of murders that dominated the headlines in the late 60s. Manson and his killer squad of loose women had been charged with one to nine murders each.
The news of Manson’s death was broken by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in a press statement. Vicky Waters, spokeswoman for the CDCR stated that Manson died at 8:13 p.m. of natural causes. Incarcerated at the Corcoran State Prison, Manson was first hospitalized at a Bakersfield hospital for internal bleeding in January.
But he passed on at his second hospitalization of undisclosed illness. State prison officials say state and federal medical privacy laws would not allow them to comment on the exact illness that killed Manson.
Charles Manson Family and Their List of Victims
Manson and his killer followers were convicted of nine murders in total. His killing spree began because he wanted to implicate blacks for the murders, the New York Times reported. Manson as the leader of the ragtag group did not personally participate or be present during any killings, but he ordered the hits. The most notable among his victims are –
- Sharon Tate
- Jay Sebring
- Abigail Folger
- Voytek Frykowski
- Steven Parent
- Leno LaBianca
- Rosemary LaBianca
Tate was a Hollywood actress married to film director Roman Polanski. She was eight and half months pregnant when she was killed. Manson’s killer cult, known as the Manson Family consisted of almost two dozen followers. The most notable ones that took part in several killings were –
- Susan Atkins
- Patricia Krenwinkel
- Linda Kasabian
- Leslie van Houten
- Charles Watson
Manson’s killer group hit Sharon Tate and her household and visiting friends on the night of August 9, 1969. Tate’s husband Polanski was away in London on the night of the attack but the entire household was hacked to death their blood used to write “Pig” on the door. Manson on the second night, August 10, drove his squad to the house of grocer LaBianca where he and his wife were stabbed to death and the phrase “Death to Pigs” written with their blood.
Manson Committed Over 100 Prison Rule Violations While Incarcerated
On January 25, 1971, the Manson Family was convicted of multiple murders and given the death penalty. But the death penalty was outlawed in 1972 in California, and their death sentences reduced to life imprisonment.
Since his incarceration in 1971, Manson had committed over 100 violations in prison. Some of these include –
- Weapon possession
- Cellphone possession
- Attempt to flood his prison cell
- Setting his mattress on fire
- Spitting in the faces of guards
- Throwing hot coffee at prison staffer
- Inciting prison fights, among others
Manson, a cult figure celebrated in the media, has been denied parole over a dozen times. The last time he applied for parole was in 2012. His next parole hearing is scheduled for 2027.