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Charles Manson’s Health: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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In this handout photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Charles Manson, then 74, poses for a photo on March 18, 2009 at Corcoran State Prison, California.(Photo by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images)

Infamous mass murder Charles Manson – whose “Manson Family” cult terrified the nation – has been hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment, TMZ reported.

Manson is 82-years-old. The Los Angeles Times reported that Manson is “seriously ill” and the Hollywood Reporter characterized him as “gravely ill,” but prison officials were not more specific because inmate medical information is private under the law.

The serial killer was born November 12, 1934 in Ohio to a prostitute and alcoholic.

His gruesome crime spree, which took the life of a pregnant actress among others, inspired fear in part because of his charismatic ability to manipulate the minds of his young followers in the late 1960s.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Manson Is Temporarily Out of Prison Under Close Watch at a Hospital

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Manson, who is serving multiple life prison sentences, was taken from Corcoran State Prison in central California to a Bakersfield hospital, reported The New York Daily News.

On Twitter, people wrote that they would not be sad to see Manson go, after all of the tragic celebrity deaths of 2016. The phrase “Charles Manson out of prison,” however temporary, still sounded pretty frightening, though.

The hospital where Manson was taken is about an hour away from the prison.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, if Manson dies, the prison system will release that information after his next of kin is notified.

The prison has hospital services, and inmates aren’t taken to the hospital unless they need surgery, emergency care, or acute diagnostic services, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Helter Skelter: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Charles Manson often spoke to members of his cult "family" about "Helter Skelter," an apocalyptic war which arose from racial tensions in the U.S. It was one of the leading factors to the cult's murders.

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2. The Manson Cult Murdered Nine People, Including a Hollywood Actress

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Polish film director Roman Polanski and American actress Sharon Tate (1943 – 1969) at their wedding. She was subsequently murdered by members of Charles Manson’s pseudo-religious sect The Family. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

The cult of young people Manson led gruesomely murdered the pregnant actress Sharon Tate, and eight other people, including four people in her home. Tate, who was married to famed director Roman Polanski and was pregnant with his child, was stabbed 16 times.

One of the victims was a coffee heiress named Abigail Folger. The day after the Tate massacre, the Manson Family killed grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.

The 1969 slayings turned Manson into one of the most feared killers in history. The murders inspired the book, Helter Skelter.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “Prosecutors said that Manson and his followers were trying to incite a race war that he believed was in the Beatles’ song Helter Skelter.”

The scenes were gruesome; Los Angeles County prosecutors say the Manson Family “carved the word ‘war’ into Leno LaBianca’s stomach then wrote ‘Helter Skelter’ in blood on the couple’s refrigerator,” CBS News reported. The family members also wrote the words “death to pigs” in blood.


3. Manson Took Out a Licence to Get Married in Prison in Recent Years

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Although Manson has faded from the American consciousness over the years, he did take out a license to get married to a 26-year-old, prompting headlines around the world. The license expired before the marriage happened, though.

Afton Elaine Burton had even moved close to the prison to be near to Manson and visited him for seven years, reported the Los Angeles Times. However, the newspaper reported that Manson called the marriage claims “garbage.”

TMZ says Manson has a “reputed biological son” named Matthew Roberts. Manson was once married, to a woman named Rosalie, with whom he had a son, Charles Manson, Jr., who committed suicide in the 1990s.

Mary Brunner, a member of Manson’s Family, gave birth to another son, Valentine Michael. Charles Luther Manson was another of Manson’s sons, born to his second wife, Leona “Candy” Stevens, in 1959.


4. Manson Family Members Have Suffered Different Fates Over the Years

According to Brittanica.com, Manson “attracted a small but devoted group of followers from among the city’s bohemian youth culture. By 1968 he had become the leader of the ‘Family,’ a communal religious cult dedicated to studying and implementing his eccentric religious teachings, which were drawn from science fiction as well as the occult and fringe psychology.”

Some members of that family are also now elderly and have sought parole. One of Manson’s followers, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, then 60, was released from prison in 2009. She was convicted in 1975 of pointing a gun at President Gerald R. Ford, CNN reported.

Another member of the “Family,” Susan Atkins, who helped kill Tate, died in prison of brain cancer in 2009 at age 61. Patricia Krenwinkel, another Manson Family member, who is California’s longest-serving female prison inmate, is seeking parole but a parole board delayed its decision in late December 2016 so it could research battered women’s syndrome and whether it applied to Krenwinkel’s case, reported CBS News.


5. Manson Was Originally Sentenced to Death but the Sentence Was Commuted

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Charles Manson 1970

Manson’s death sentence was overturned when the death penalty was abolished in California in 1972.

He’s been eligible for parole in 1978 but has been denied each time. The California Supreme Court had ruled the death penalty was unconstitutional, according to Reuters.

Manson is serving nine life sentences. A trip to the hospital is almost certainly going to be Manson’s only chance to see the outside of prison walls.

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9 comments

  1. Gray Wolf official statement to the Press/Media, 1/4/2017.

    How is Charlie doin? He’s doing as well as you.
    Why cant you call him?
    Why can’t you call and ask Charlie how he’s doin?
    Why can’t you ask the doctor how Manson is?
    Why can’t you interview Charlie right now?
    Well I know how he’s doing.
    He’s as well as the air and he is as sick as the waters.
    Your water. Your air.
    He’s doing as well as the Tiger, as well as the Elephant and the White Rhino.
    Why don’t you call Africa and ask how you’re doing?
    Manson is as well as the California Redwood tree.
    How well are you?
    How capable are you? How capable are we? Can we save ourselves?
    Thanks for checking in on the Soul.
    Thanks for checking in on your Soul.
    Thanks for checking in on our last chance to survive.

  2. I hope that he suffers and what ever it’s in the hospital for is excruciating. I got a feeling that when this cowardly punk does he goes to the extra hot and long cook time section of hell aka the VIP section he doesn’t deserve any medical care period

  3. Krenwinkel claiming Battered Wife Syndrome is right up their with twinkies made me do it take your punishment pray for forgiveness and wait to meet your maker..

  4. Hrsjonese’s a piece of crap that should be flushed down the sewer of life, never to be thought of again. There is place for him next to Hitler & Stalin where he will feel like an amateur!!