Just when you thought all the news was bad ... Charles Manson released from life sentence on a technicality
By Staff Writers | teleSUR
Monday, Nov 20, 2017
|Charles Manson Is Dead
Imprisoned cult leader Charles Manson has died in a California hospital, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
“Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital,” the release read.
President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County, Michele Hanisee, said on Sunday night: "Today, Manson's victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death."
Manson was the leader of the Manson Family cult, which was responsible for the gruesome 1969 murders of several individuals – one of whom was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski.
On instruction, Manson’s followers invaded the home of Tate – who was eight months pregnant at the time – and proceeded to stab and shot her and her guests (celebrity hairstylist, Jay Sebring; coffee fortune heiress, Abigail Folger; writer, Wojciech Frykowski; and friend of the family's caretaker, Steven Parent) multiple times.
The killers also used the blood of the victims to write on the walls.
Debra Tate, Sharon's sister, told NBC News that authorities contacted her at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday to inform her that Manson was dead.
"One could say I've forgiven them, which is quite different then forgetting what they are capable of," Tate said. "It is for this reason I fight so hard to make sure that each of these individuals stays in prison until the end of their natural days."
Manson was also convicted in the connection with the killings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald Shea as well as supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary, who were both murdered at their home.
Ex-prosecutor Victor Bugliosi told CNN, in a 2015 interview, that Manson “was the dictatorial ruler of the (Manson) family, the king, the Maharaja. And the members of the family were slavishly obedient to him."
According to the prosecutor, Manson ordered that disturbing writings be left behind at the scene of the crimes in a bid to start a race war; hoping the Black Panthers would be blamed for the killings.
The self-styled “Devil” reportedly ordered but did not physically participate in any of the killings.
Manson, along with four of his followers, initially received the death penalty which was stayed due to amendments to the law.
The cult leader, who was denied parole a dozen times, was serving nine life sentences in California penal system.
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