Charles Manson Dead After Spending 46 Years Behind Bars

Charles Manson Dead After Spending 46 Years Behind Bars

Cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers killed actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died.

He had been in a Bakersfield hospital over the past week.

The image shows the five victims, Voityck Frykowski, Sharon Tate, Stephen Parent, Jay Sebring, and Abigail Folger, slain the night of August 9, 1969, at the Benedict Canyon Estate of Roman Polanski. They scribbled the word "pig" on the front door in her blood.

Our sources say Manson's health has been steadily deteriorating and, as it was put to us, "It's just a matter of time".

In a 1987 prison interview with CNN, he said, "I spent the best part of my life in boys' schools, prisons and reform school because I had nobody". Perhaps the most notable onscreen portrayal of him was turned in by Steve Railsback in Helter Skelter, a CBS event telefilm directed by Tom Gries that aired over two nights in April 1976.

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He had been serving multiple life sentences in Corcoran State Prison in California, after being convicted in 1971 of conspiracy to commit the murder. In the late 1960s Manson's cult-like "family" lived in the Spahn Ranch near Chatsworth.

In 1967, Manson moved to San Francisco, where he began to attract a devoted group of followers, including some who would later carry out a string of savage killings known as the Tate/LaBianca murders.

Over the years, Manson became a caricature of evil and was parodied by the likes of Adam Sandler, Taran Killam, Bob Odenkirk and Trey Parker, who voiced him on a 1998 episode of South Park titled "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!"

Charles Manson pictured in 2009. There have been books, a play, an opera and television movies about Manson and his followers.

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