Charles Manson, who is serving life in a Central Valley prison for the murder of actress Sharon Tate and six others, just received some terrible news. He has been transported to the hospital for an undisclosed illness. While authorities have not revealed the 82-year-old’s specific ailment, the fact that he was unable to be treated in prison would suggest that it is serious.
“We do not disclose inmate movements for safety and security reasons,” commented Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. However, she did confirm that “he is alive.”
The Bakersfield Californian said that a corrections department van was parked outside of Bakersfield’s Mercy Hospital on Sunday, where Manson was admitted under a “Joe Doe” name. The paper also revealed that he is not in the intensive care unit.
Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was 8½ months pregnant when she was killed at her hilltop home in Benedict Canyon on August 9, 1969, by Manson and other members of his so-called family. Four others were stabbed and shot to death during the bloody rampage as Manson and his followers attempted to start a race war, which he believed was prophesied in the Beatles’ song “Helter Skelter.”
Manson has not been a model prisoner over the years, with “hundreds” of rules violations, according to prison officials. He has been caught with a cellphone and a homemade weapon while incarcerated and has been denied parole twelve times. Frankly, the fact that he was ever up for parole in the first place is quite shocking, considering the magnitude of his crimes.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Manson’s next parole hearing is scheduled for 2027 when he will be 92. He has been behind bars since 1971 and is serving his time at Corcoran State Prison. His hospitalization was first reported by TMZ, which said the 1960s cult leader was suffering from gastrointestinal issues. That, however, has not been confirmed.
Manson has also previously suffered from heart problems, so it would certainly appear that he doesn’t have much time left, even if he does recover from whatever is ailing him now. His imminent death will surely be welcome news to the families of the victims he terrorized during two fateful August nights in 1969.