Cult leader Charles Manson is said to be alive and hospitalized

California prison official says Cult leader and mass killer Charles Manson is still alive but seriously ill and hospitalized.

Celebrity gossip website TMZ reported on Tuesday that the cult leader and convicted mass murderer Charles Manson now 82 is seriously ill, and taken from California State Prison in Corcoran, where he is serving a life sentence to a hospital in Bakersfield, California, an hour from where he was being held for an undisclosed medical issue.

“Charles Manson is alive right now,” A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Krissi Khokhobashvili, said by telephone on Wednesday, adding that Manson was still “assigned” to the prison in Corcoran. She declined to comment further.

Charles Manson was once a singer-songwriter with weighty ambitions. He never made it into the Los Angeles music scene, but he did have associations with Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson.

Charles Manson is an American cult leader whose followers carried out several notorious murders in the late 1960s and inspired the book Helter Skelter.

An old picture of Charles Manson.

In the 1960s, Manson, a charismatic ex-convict, assembled a group of runaways and outcasts known as the “Manson Family.” In the summer of 1969, he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war.

Manson was convicted of orchestrating the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others. Members of the cult stabbed heavily pregnant Hollywood actress Sharon Tate 16 times in the early-morning hours of Aug. 9, 1969. Manson’s followers stabbed or shot to death four other people at Tate’s home.

Charles Manson is notoriously connected to the brutal slayings of actress Sharon Tate and other Hollywood residents, but he was never actually found guilty of committing the murders himself. However, the famous Tate-La Bianca killings have immortalized him as a living embodiment of evil.

Manson was convicted of leading a cult in which disaffected young people living in a commune followed his orders and were ultimately turned into killers.

Manson and three female followers, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten, were convicted of murder and sentenced to death for killings at two gruesome scenes in the summer of 1969. Another defendant, Charles “Tex” Watson, was convicted later.

All were spared execution when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling temporarily banned the death penalty in 1972. Manson was originally sentenced to death but was spared execution and his sentence converted to life in prison after the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in the state.

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