Charles Manson
convict who led the "Manson Family"
Charles Manson
Charles Milles Manson is an American criminal and musician who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca carried out by members of the group at his instruction.
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Former Manson Family member found 'suitable for parole'
CNN - 17 days
Former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis has been "found suitable for parole" on Wednesday, his 31st appearance before the parole board.
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Charles Manson is returned to prison after stay at Bakersfield hospital - Los Angeles Times
Google News - about 1 month
Los Angeles Times Charles Manson is returned to prison after stay at Bakersfield hospital Los Angeles Times Mass murderer Charles Manson, who was hospitalized this week with a serious medical issue, has been returned to the Central Valley prison where he is serving his life sentence, a corrections official confirmed Friday. The Times reported this week that ... Manson back in prison after hospital visitNew York Post Charles Manson is back in prison after spending time in hospitalNew York Daily News Charles Manson's Sons: Death By Suicide And Everything We Know About His 3 KidsInternational Business Times Fox News -Reading Eagle -Yahoo News -Austin American-Statesman all 76 news articles »
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Killer Charles Manson's failing health renews focus on cult murder saga - Los Angeles Times
Google News - about 2 months
Los Angeles Times Killer Charles Manson's failing health renews focus on cult murder saga Los Angeles Times The long saga of Charles Manson, the cult leader whose murder spree more than four decades ago made him a subject of hate, fear, revulsion and fascination, moved to a hospital in downtown Bakersfield this week. Inside Mercy Hospital, Manson was being ... Sharon Tate's sister has 'no ill wishes' for sick Charles MansonNew York Daily News Most Manson Girls Are Still In PrisonYahoo News Charles Manson is alive amid media reports that he's hospitalized with serious illnessWashington Post Fox News -Sacramento Bee -Hollywood Reporter -PEOPLE.com all 261 news articles »
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Charles Manson Rushed From Hospital To Trump Tower
Huffington Post - about 2 months
More fake news found every day on The Political Garbage Chute. NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Just a matter of hours after he was rushed from a maximum security prison to a hospital, convicted serial killer Charles Manson was rushed from the hospital across the country to Trump Tower. "At approximately 3:36am local time," Dr. June Smithson told reporters, "we transferred Mr. Manson from a hospital bed to a helicopter, where he was taken to the airport and put in a private jet. From there, he was flown to Trump Tower." Dr. Smithson said that the decision to move Manson from the hospital to New York was made "way, way, way above [her] pay grade." "We were just told to prep Mr. Manson for a cross-country flight," Smithson said, "and so that's what we did." The Donald Trump administration, which has been conducting much of its business related to Mr. Trump's transition into power as the president, released a statement acknowledging that Manson had been flown in to meet with them. Wh ...
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Reports: Charles Manson hospitalized
CNN - about 2 months
Charles Manson, the cult leader whose followers committed heinous murders that shocked the nation almost a half century ago, has been hospitalized, the Los Angeles Times and TMZ reported on Tuesday.
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Parole panel delays decision on whether to release Charles Manson follower
Fox News - about 2 months
A two-member parole panel delayed making a decision Thursday on whether to release an accomplice of cult killer Charles Manson who is the longest-serving female inmate in California.
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Why death row doesn't work and how Charles Manson changed the death penalty
LATimes - 3 months
Here's that wacky California again. We just voted for more guns and ammo regulations, a plastic bag ban, legal marijuana, higher cigarette taxes - and in favor of hurrying up the death penalty? Seem quirky for a blue state? Not so much. Hadar Aviram is a law professor at UC Hastings. She volunteered...
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Americans brainstorm who else Trump could bring to this debate
Yahoo News - 4 months
What surprises will Donald Trump have in store for us during tonight's debate? Only time will tell, but in true Trump fashion the Republican candidate is bringing yet another surprising and somewhat confusing debate guest, Barack Obama's Kenyan-born half-brother, Malik. SEE ALSO: Trump invites Obama's half-brother on stage, but nobody knows why Trump made waves during the second debate after he was accompanied by three women who had accused former president Bill Clinton of inappropriate sexual behavior — Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick — along with Kathy Shelton, whose alleged rapist was defended by Clinton in the past. Many find Trump's debate guests puzzling, considering the fact that his opponent is in fact Hillary Clinton, and not her husband Bill or President Barack Obama. Also perplexing is that Trump's selection of debate guests has the sole purpose of causing provocation. In the past, these guest spots have been used for family members and prominent supporte ...
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Manson follower denied parole for 1969 murder of musician
LATimes - 4 months
California corrections officials have denied parole for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life prison term for a murder he committed 47 years ago. Parole officials announced Friday that 68-year-old Robert Beausoleil will remain in prison for the July 1969 death of musician...
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Where are they now? Charles Manson's family, four decades after horrific murder spree
LATimes - 5 months
In the summer of 1969, Charles Manson and his murderous "family" went on a rampage in Los Angeles that left nine people dead. Victims of the so-called Tate-LaBianca murders included actress Sharon Tate (wife of director Roman Polanski) and Los Feliz residents Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. Here's...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Manson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 81
    In July 2016, former Manson follower Leslie Van Houten's petition for parole was endorsed by the parole board and forwarded to California governor Jerry Brown who rejected it.
    More Details Hide Details Charles Manson's California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate number at Corcoran State Prison is B33920. On March 6, 1970, the day the court vacated Manson's status as his own attorney, LIE, an album of Manson music, was released. This included "Cease to Exist", a Manson composition the Beach Boys had recorded with modified lyrics and the title "Never Learn Not to Love". Over the next couple of months, only about 300 of the album's 2,000 copies sold. Since that time, there have been several releases of Manson recordings – both musical and spoken. The Family Jams includes two compact discs of Manson's songs recorded by the Family in 1970, after Manson and the others had been arrested. Guitar and lead vocals are supplied by Steve Grogan; additional vocals are supplied by Lynette Fromme, Sandra Good, Catherine Share, and others. One Mind, an album of music, poetry, and spoken word, new at the time of its release, in April 2005, was put out under a Creative Commons license.
  • 2015
    Age 80
    In 2015, NBC premiered the crime drama Aquarius, with Gethin Anthony playing Manson.
    More Details Hide Details The series was set in 1967 and included storylines inspired by actual events involving Manson. Notes Bibliography Further reading
  • 2014
    Age 79
    On November 17, 2014, it was announced that Manson was engaged to 26-year-old Afton Elaine "Star" Burton while still in prison, and had obtained a marriage license on November 7. Burton had been visiting Manson in prison for at least nine years, and maintained several websites that claimed his innocence. The wedding license expired on February 5, 2015, without a marriage ceremony taking place.
    More Details Hide Details It was later reported that, according to journalist Daniel Simone, the wedding was cancelled after it was discovered that Burton only wanted to marry Manson so she and a friend Craig "Gray Wolf" Hammond could use his corpse as a tourist attraction after he dies. According to Simone, Manson believes he will never die, and may just be using the possibility of marriage as a way to encourage Burton and Hammond to continue visiting him and bringing him gifts. Together with a co-author Heidi Jordan Ley and with the assistance of some of Manson's fellow prisoners, Simone has written a book about Manson and is seeking a publisher for it. Burton said on her web site that the reason the marriage did not take place is merely logistical – that Manson is suffering from an infection and has been in a prison medical facility for two months, and cannot receive visitors. She said she still hoped the marriage license will be renewed and the marriage will take place.
  • 2012
    Age 77
    On October 4, 2012, Bruce Davis, who had been convicted of the murder of Shorty Shea and the attempted robbery by Manson Family members of a Hawthorne gun shop in 1971, was recommended for parole by the California Department of Corrections' parole board at his 27th parole hearing.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had reversed the board's previous finding in favor of Davis, denying him parole for two more years. On March 1, 2013, and again on August 8, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown also denied parole for Davis.
    Manson was denied parole for the 12th time on April 11, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Manson did not attend the hearing, in which prison officials argued that Manson had a "history of controlling behavior" and "mental health issues" including schizophrenia and paranoid delusional disorder and was too great a danger to be released. It was determined that Manson would not be reconsidered for parole for another 15 years, i.e. not before 2027, at which time he would be 92 years old.
  • 2010
    Age 75
    In 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that Manson was caught with a cell phone in 2009, and had contacted people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia.
    More Details Hide Details A spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections stated that it was not known if Manson had used the phone for criminal purposes.
  • 2009
    Age 74
    In November 2009, a Los Angeles DJ and songwriter named released correspondence and other evidence indicating he may have been biologically fathered by Manson.
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    In March 2009, a photograph taken of a 74-year-old Manson, showing a receding hairline, grizzled gray beard and hair and the swastika tattoo still prominent on his forehead, was released to the public by California corrections officials.
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  • 2007
    Age 72
    On September 5, 2007, MSNBC aired The Mind of Manson, a complete version of a 1987 interview at California's San Quentin State Prison.
    More Details Hide Details The footage of the "unshackled, unapologetic, and unruly" Manson had been considered "so unbelievable" that only seven minutes of it had originally been broadcast on The Today Show, for which it had been recorded. In a January 2008 segment of the Discovery Channel's Most Evil, Barbara Hoyt said that the impression that she had accompanied Ruth Ann Moorehouse to Hawaii just to avoid testifying at Manson's trial was erroneous. Hoyt said she had cooperated with the Family because she was "trying to keep them from killing my family." She stated that, at the time of the trial, she was "constantly being threatened: 'Your family's gonna die. murders could be repeated at your house. On March 15, 2008, the Associated Press reported that forensic investigators had conducted a search for human remains at Barker Ranch the previous month. Following up on longstanding rumors that the Family had killed hitchhikers and runaways who had come into its orbit during its time at Barker, the investigators identified "two likely clandestine grave sites... and one additional site that merits further investigation." Though they recommended digging, CNN reported on March 28 that the Inyo County sheriff, who questioned the methods they employed with search dogs, had ordered additional tests before any excavation. On 9 May, after a delay caused by damage to test equipment, the sheriff announced that test results had been inconclusive and that "exploratory excavation" would begin on 20 May.
  • 1998
    Age 63
    In a 1998 - 99 interview in Seconds magazine, Bobby Beausoleil rejected the view that Manson ordered him to kill Gary Hinman.
    More Details Hide Details He stated Manson did come to Hinman's house and slash Hinman with a sword. In a 1981 interview with Oui magazine, he denied this. Beausoleil stated that when he read about the Tate murders in the newspaper, "I wasn't even sure at that point – really, I had no idea who had done it until Manson's group were actually arrested for it. It had only crossed my mind and I had a premonition, perhaps. There was some little tickle in my mind that the killings might be connected with them " In the Oui magazine interview, he had stated, "When Tate-LaBianca murders happened, I knew who had done it. I was fairly certain."
  • 1997
    Age 62
    In June 1997, Manson was found to have been trafficking in drugs by a prison disciplinary committee.
    More Details Hide Details That August, he was moved from Corcoran State Prison to Pelican Bay State Prison.
  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 49
    On September 25, 1984, while imprisoned at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville, Manson was severely burned by a fellow inmate who poured paint thinner on him and set him alight.
    More Details Hide Details The other prisoner, Jan Holmstrom, explained that Manson had objected to his Hare Krishna chants and had verbally threatened him. Despite suffering second- and third-degree burns on over 20 percent of his body, Manson recovered from his injuries.
  • 1981
    Age 46
    Telling the authorities that prison had become his home, he requested permission to stay, a fact touched on in a 1981 television interview with Tom Snyder.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1980s, Manson gave four notable interviews. The first, recorded at California Medical Facility and aired June 13, 1981, was by Tom Snyder for NBC's The Tomorrow Show. The second, recorded at San Quentin Prison and aired March 7, 1986, was by Charlie Rose for CBS News Nightwatch; it won the national news Emmy Award for "Best Interview" in 1987. The third, with Geraldo Rivera in 1988, was part of that journalist's prime-time special on Satanism. At least as early as the Snyder interview, Manson's forehead bore a swastika, in the spot where the X carved during his trial had been. In 1989, Nikolas Schreck conducted an interview of Manson, cutting the interview up for material in his documentary Charles Manson Superstar. Schreck concluded that Manson was not insane, but merely acting that way out of frustration.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 32
    Manson himself has stated that he "could" be the father, acknowledging the biological mother and a sexual relationship with her during 1967; this was nearly two years before the Family began its murderous phase.
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    By March 21, 1967, his release day, he had spent more than half of his 32 years in prisons and other institutions.
    More Details Hide Details This was mainly because he had broken a number of federal laws; then as now, federal sentences are much more severe than state sentences for many of the same offenses.
  • 1966
    Age 31
    In June 1966, Manson was sent, for the second time in his life, to Terminal Island, in preparation for early release.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1963
    Age 28
    In 1963, Leona was granted a divorce, in the pursuit of which she alleged that she and Manson had a son, Charles Luther.
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  • 1961
    Age 26
    Although the Mann Act charge had been dropped, the attempt to cash the Treasury check was still a federal offense. His September 1961 annual review noted he had a "tremendous drive to call attention to himself", an observation echoed in September 1964.
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    In July 1961, after a year spent unsuccessfully appealing the revocation of his probation, Manson was transferred from the Los Angeles County Jail to the United States Penitentiary at McNeil Island.
    More Details Hide Details There, he took guitar lessons from Barker-Karpis gang leader Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, and obtained a contact name of someone at Universal Studios in Hollywood from another inmate, Phil Kaufman. According to Jeff Guinn's 2013 biography of Manson, Charlie's mother Kathleen moved from California to Washington state to be closer to him during his McNeil Island incarceration, working nearby as a waitress.
  • 1960
    Age 25
    When he disappeared, in violation of his probation, a bench warrant was issued; an April 1960 indictment for violation of the Mann Act followed.
    More Details Hide Details Arrested in Laredo, Texas, in June, when one of the women was arrested for prostitution, Manson was returned to Los Angeles. For violation of his probation on the check-cashing charge, he was ordered to serve his 10-year sentence.
  • 1959
    Age 24
    In September 1959, he pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to cash a forged U.S. Treasury check.
    More Details Hide Details He received a 10-year suspended sentence and probation after a young woman with an arrest record for prostitution made a "tearful plea" before the court that she and Manson were "deeply in love... and would marry if Charlie were freed." Before the year's end, the woman did marry Manson, possibly so testimony against him would not be required of her. The woman's name was Leona; as a prostitute, she had used the name Candy Stevens. After Manson took her and another woman from California to New Mexico for purposes of prostitution, he was held and questioned for violation of the Mann Act. Though he was released, he evidently suspected, rightly, that the investigation had not ended.
  • 1958
    Age 23
    Manson received five years' parole in September 1958, the same year in which Rosalie received a decree of divorce.
    More Details Hide Details By November, he was pimping a 16-year-old girl and was receiving additional support from a girl with wealthy parents.
  • 1957
    Age 22
    In March 1957, when the visits from his wife ceased, his mother informed him Rosalie was living with another man.
    More Details Hide Details Less than two weeks before a scheduled parole hearing, Manson tried to escape by stealing a car. He was subsequently given five years probation, and his parole was denied.
  • 1956
    Age 21
    His subsequent failure to appear at a Los Angeles hearing on an identical charge filed in Florida resulted in his March 1956 arrest in Indianapolis.
    More Details Hide Details His probation was revoked; he was sentenced to three years' imprisonment at Terminal Island, San Pedro, California. While Manson was in prison, Rosalie gave birth to their son, Charles Manson, Jr. During his first year at Terminal Island, Manson received visits from Rosalie and his mother, who were now living together in Los Angeles.
  • 1955
    Age 20
    After temporarily honoring a parole condition that he live with his aunt and uncle in West Virginia, Manson moved in with his mother in that same state. In January 1955, he married a hospital waitress named Rosalie Jean Willis, with whom, by his own account, he found genuine, if short-lived, marital happiness.
    More Details Hide Details He supported their marriage via small-time jobs and auto theft. Around October, about three months after he and his pregnant wife arrived in Los Angeles in a car he had stolen in Ohio, Manson was again charged with a federal crime for taking the vehicle across state lines. After a psychiatric evaluation, he was given five years' probation.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1954
    Age 19
    Good work habits and a rise in his educational level from the lower fourth to the upper seventh grade won him a May 1954 parole.
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  • 1952
    Age 17
    In September 1952, a number of other serious disciplinary offenses resulted in his transfer to the Federal Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio, a more secure institution.
    More Details Hide Details About a month after the transfer, he became almost a model resident.
  • 1951
    Age 16
    In October 1951, on a psychiatrist's recommendation, Manson was transferred to Natural Bridge Honor Camp, a minimum security institution.
    More Details Hide Details Less than a month before a scheduled February 1952 parole hearing, one of the boys there "took a razor blade and held it against another boy's throat while Manson sodomized him." Manson was transferred to the Federal Reformatory, Petersburg, Virginia, where he was considered "dangerous."
    After many failed attempts, he escaped with two other boys in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details In Utah, the three were caught driving to California in cars they had stolen. They had robbed several filling stations along the way. For the federal crime of taking a stolen car across a state line, Manson was sent to Washington, D.C.'s National Training School for Boys. Despite four years of schooling and an I.Q. of 109 (later tested at age 21), he was illiterate. A caseworker deemed him aggressively antisocial.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Age 7
    Upon her 1942 parole, Manson's mother retrieved her son and lived with him in a series of run-down hotel rooms.
    More Details Hide Details Manson himself later characterized her physical embrace of him on the day she returned from prison as his sole happy childhood memory. In 1947, Kathleen Maddox tried to have her son placed in a foster home but failed because no such home was available. The court placed Manson in Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute, Indiana. After 10 months, he fled from there to his mother, who rejected him. By burglarizing a liquor store, Manson obtained money that enabled him to rent a room. He committed a string of burglaries of other stores, including one from which he stole a bicycle, but was eventually caught in the act and sent to an Indianapolis juvenile center. He escaped after one day, but was recaptured and placed in Boys Town. Four days after his arrival there, he escaped with another boy. The pair committed two armed robberies on their way to the home of the other boy's uncle.
  • 1939
    Age 4
    When Manson's mother and her brother were sentenced to five years' imprisonment for robbing a Charleston, West Virginia, service station in 1939 by brandishing a ketchup bottle, Manson was placed in the home of an aunt and uncle in McMechen, West Virginia.
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  • 1937
    Age 2
    His biological father appears to have been Colonel Walker Scott (May 11, 1910December 30, 1954) against whom Kathleen Maddox filed a paternity suit that resulted in an agreed judgment in 1937.
    More Details Hide Details Possibly, Charles Manson never knew his biological father. Several statements in Manson's 1953 case file from the seven months he would later spend at the National Training School for Boys in Washington, D.C., allude to the possibility that "Colonel Scott" was black. These include the first two sentences of his family background section, which read: "Father: unknown. He is alleged to have been a colored cook by the name of Scott, with whom Charles's mother had been promiscuous at the time of pregnancy." When asked about these official records by attorney Vincent Bugliosi in 1971, Manson emphatically denied that his biological father had black ancestry. In addition, the 1920 and 1930 census list Colonel Scott and his father as white. In the biography Manson in His Own Words, Colonel Scott is said to have been "a young drugstore cowboy... a transient laborer working on a nearby dam project." It is not clear what "nearby" means. The description is in a paragraph that indicates Kathleen Maddox gave birth to Manson "while living in Cincinnati", after she had run away from her own home, in Ashland, Kentucky.
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on November 12, 1934.
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