The Death Of A Monster

Charles Manson Has Reportedly Been Hospitalized

It was July and August of 1969 that a series of murders happened in California all committed by the Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. Led by self proclaimed  cult leader Charles Manson. The crimes led to a series of nine murders at four locations including the actress Sharon Tate.

Manson believed in what he called “Helter Skelter”, a term he took from the Beatles’ song of the same name. 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. He believed the murders would help precipitate that war. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanity, violence and the macabre.

In 1971 he was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people – all of which were carried out by members of the group at his instruction. Manson also received first-degree murder convictions for two other deaths. Manson was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment when California invalidated the state’s death penalty statute in 1972. He is currently serving multiple life sentences at California State Prison in Corcoran.

Manson was denied parole for the 12th time on April 11, 2012. Manson was not present at the parole hearing. Since his March 27, 1997 parole hearing, he refused to attend any of his future parole hearings. The panel noted at his April 2012 hearing that Manson had a “history of controlling behavior” and “mental health issues” including schizophrenia and paranoid delusional disorder and was too great a danger to be released.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office told several news outlets that the 83-year-old had been hospitalized, but did not reveal any details due to privacy restrictions. A spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation could only say that Manson is alive.

LockedIN Magazine has learned that the 82 year old Manson is on his death bed.

Manson has even influenced the names of musical performers such as Kasabian, Spahn Ranch, and Marilyn Manson, the last a stage name which Brian Warner (his real name) assembled from “Charles Manson” and “Marilyn Monroe.” The story of the Family’s activities inspired John Moran’s opera The Manson Family and Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins, the latter of which has Lynette Fromme as a character.

 

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