The man who caused so much pain to so many, almost a half century ago, got off easy when he died of natural causes Sunday night, according to the California Department Of Corrections.
The New York Times (@nytimes) reports, Manson had been hospitalized in January for intestinal bleeding but was ruled too frail to undergo surgery. Manson came to in the late 1960’s as the leader of the Manson Cult, a group of young drifters in California. Manson’s followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations in July and August of 1969. Manson was found guilty of 7 murders and conspiracy in 1971, most notably the murder of Actress Sharon Tate.
All 7 of the murders were carried out at his instruction by members of the group. Manson was also convicted of first degree murder for two other deaths. Manson was originally sentenced to death for the murders, but his sentence was commuted to life with the possibility of parole after California invalidated the state’s death penalty statute in 1972. Manson served his life sentences at Corcoran State Prison in California. Manson refused to attend any parole hearings since 2012, after he was denied release for the 12th time during his life prison sentence. Manson’s next parole hearing was scheduled for 2027. He would have been 92 years old.