Charles Manson Dead at 83

He was hospitalized in January for gastrointestinal bleeding, according to news reports and returned to the hospital in mid-November where he passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8:13 p.m.

On Thursday, it was reported that Manson was near death in a Bakersfield hospital, but the department of corrections was tight-lipped about further details citing federal and state medical privacy laws.

He had been taken to hospital last week in a serious condition, according to USA media.

On August 9, 1969, "Manson Family" murdered actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months' pregnant, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, coffee fortune heiress Abigail Folger, writer Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the family's caretaker, according to CNN.

Manson - who had a swastika tatooed on his forehead - had instructed female followers to kill in a bid to initiate a race war.

Word first surfaced in July that Tarantino's next feature involved the Manson Murders in some way, with Margot Robbie eyed to play Sharon Tate. He and four others originally received the death penalty, but were instead sentenced to life imprisonment when capital punishment was outlawed in 1972.

Manson was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of Tate, the La Biancas, and four other people at the Tate residence - coffee heiress Abigail Ann Folger, photographer Wojciech Frykowski, hairdresser Jay Sebring and Steven Earl Parent, shot and killed in his vehicle on his way to visit an acquaintance who lived in a separate rented guest house on the Tate property. Another member, Charles "Tex" Watson, was convicted later.

Cranston's cousin, who was about a year-and-a-half older than he, would have been about the same age as Dianne Lake, Manson's youngest devotee, when she joined his "family" at the age of 14 in 1967.

Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, reacted to the cult leader's death by quoting Bugliosi, " Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values.

Manson was serving nine life sentences at California State Prison in Corcoran, Calif., and had had health problems in recent years. He taught his followers that they were the reincarnation of "the original Christians" and "the Romans were the establishment". He applied for parole no less than 12 times and was denied every attempt.

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  • Kyle Peterson