Charles Manson, Mass Murdering Cult Leader, Dies at 83

Notorious serial killer Charles Manson has died

Death came to the 83-year-old Manson at 8:13 p.m., according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He first sent three of his followers to retrieve money from Gary Hinman, but when he failed to turn over the cash, the Family members kept him hostage for two days before eventually stabbing him to death.

In January, Manson was taken to Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield for what authorities at the time would describe only as a serious medical problem.

He became one of America's most infamous criminals after ordering his followers to murder actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969.

Prosecutors said Manson and his followers were trying to incite a race war he dubbed "Helter Skelter", taken from the Beatles song of the same name.

Also murdered on 9 August 1969 at her husband Roman Polanski's rented home in Los Angeles were Abigail Folger, a coffee heiress, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish movie director Voityck Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate's caretaker.

After a trial that lasted a almost a year, Manson and four of his followers - Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Charles "Tex" Watson and Leslie Van Houten - were found guilty of murder.

Any day a heinous mass murderer leaves planet Earth is a good day, but the death of Charles Manson late Sunday elicited a curious reaction on social media.

But before his sentence could be carried out, California banned the death penalty and Manson instead spent the rest of his days behind bars. Vanity Fair notes that the murder of Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson family serves as a backdrop to the main story.

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. "I'm a boxcar and a jug of wine, and a straight razor if you get too close to me".

Manson remained at Corcoran for the duration of his term.

Manson had been denied parole 12 times, most recently in 2012. He was not eligible for another parole hearing until 2027, corrections officials said.

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