Charles Manson Seriously Ill in Hospital
Charles Manson, 82, has been moved from his prison cell and taken to a hospital. The Los Angeles Times reports the murderer is seriously ill. The TMZ website reported he was taken from California State Prison, in Corcoran, California to a hospital in Bakersfield, California.
Manson was sentenced to life in prison after directing his mostly young female followers, known as the Manson Family, to murder seven people in August 1969. Prosecutors said it was part of a plan to incite a race war between whites and blacks. Prosecutors also said that Manson and his followers were trying to incite a race war that he believed was in the Beatles’ song “Helter Skelter.”
Charles Manson and the Seven Murders
Early on August 9, 1969 his cult repeatedly stabbed Hollywood actress Sharon Tate. The actress was 8 1/2 months pregnant. The cult then stabbed or shot four other people at the Tate residence. This was followed the next night by murdering store chain owner Leno LaBianca and his wife when the cult entered their home.
Manson was first sentenced to death. He was later spared execution and his sentence was converted to life in prison. This followed after the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in that state.
One source said that Manson was seriously ill but could not provide specific information. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation declined to comment. They cited federal and state laws and saying inmates’ medical information is private. A department spokeswoman, Terry Thornton said, “We do not disclose inmate movements for safety and security reasons.”
While in prison Manson has had “hundreds” of rules violations, prison officials say, and has been in trouble for having a cellphone and a homemade weapon while incarcerated. He has been denied parole 12 times. His next parole hearing is scheduled for 2027 when he will be 92.