Ferocious cult leader Charles Manson died yesterday, of natural causes, at age 83. The inmate, who has spent 40 years in prison, had been admitted to the hospital earlier this month.

Manson was admitted to Bakersfield hospital, in California, for a few days, when on Sunday, November 19, he passed away.

A recent mugshot of Charles Manson

Manson “died of natural causes at 8:13 pm (0213 GMT Monday) on Sunday”, read the statement released by the California Department of corrections.

At the age of 83, Charles Manson had been in prison for over 40 years. The cult leader was trialed and convicted for plotting and leading his followers to kill a numbr of celebrities and influent people in California in 1969.

Found guilty for seven murders, he originally got the death row. But before his sentence could be carried out, the state of California abolished the death penalty, leaving Manson imprisoned for life.

During the course of 40 years, he applied for parole no less than 12 times. He was never granted parole as even during the last appeal, the parole board noticed that he was not making any efforts to better his behavior, carrying weapons and cell phones with him.

In 2014, Charles Manson made an attempt to marry a 26-year-old woman, but the license expired before the marriage occurred.

With Manson, several other members of his cult were arrested, trialed and imprisoned for the 1969 murders. Among the victims, there were Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Donald Shea, Gary Hinman and Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife Sharon Tate, along with three friends who were in her company at the time – Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski – and Stephen Parent, a guest of the house’s caretaker.

Actress Sharon Tate was one of the victims of the Manson family’s murders.


The Manson family members found guilty for the murders were Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, Tex Watson and Bobby Beausoleil.

Manson Family members during the trial: Charles Manson (left) and Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins and Leslie Van Houten (from left to right)
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Of them, only Charles Manson and Susan Atkins have died (she passed away from brain cancer). Patricia Krenwinkel, 69, Tex Watson, 71, and Bobby Beausoleil, 70, are still serving life in prison for murder and murder conspiracy. Leslie Van Houten, 68, is eligible for parole, if Gov. Jerry Brown finds that the panel of state commissioners who judged her case earlier this year are right in finding her radically changed.