Charles Manson Dead at 83


Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after almost a half-century in prison.

Manson brought to a Bakersfield hospital on Sunday, November 11.

Charles Manson has died at the age of 83, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed. Manson's followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations in July and August of 1969, including the killing of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child.

Upon news of Charles Manson's death, Bryan Cranston says he "shuddered" at the memory of his run-in with the murderous cult leader back in 1968. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles' song.

A month later, five people were murdered, including Roman Polanski's then wife, Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant.

Manson and followers Charles "Tex" Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and the late Susan Atkins all were convicted and sentenced to state prisons in 1971.

Charles Manson in 1970
Charles Manson Dead at 83

After being convicted, Manson was originally sentenced to death, however, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment when California invalidated the state's death penalty statute in 1972.

Michele Hanisee, president of the state Association of Deputy District Attorneys, said on Twitter that Manson would not be mourned. "[.] Today, Manson's victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death". Deadline says Tarantino wants Margot Robbie, now enjoying accolades for her role as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, for the role of Tate.

For what it's worth, Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, explained in his autobiography, "The Long Hard Road Out of Hell", that his stage name is a play on Charles Manson.

Manson remained at Corcoran for the duration of his term. He was denied parole 12 times.

The last parole hearing Manson attended was March 27, 1997.

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