Charles Manson “died of natural causes at 8:13 pm on Sunday” at a hospital in Kern County, the California Department of Corrections said in a statement. He had been in custody for over 4 decades, since his arrest in December 1969 for the Tate-LaBianca murders.
As we reported last week, Manson was taken from prison to Bakersfield hospital in an emergency and his condition was deteriorating. Manson suffered intestinal bleeding earlier this year, yet could not get surgery cause he was too weak.
Manson has been serving a life sentence since his followers were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and 4 other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area in August 1969.
Manson labeled the murders after the Beatles song “Helter Skelter.” One of Manson’s young followers, Susan Atkins, stabbed Tate to death and scrawled “PIG” on the home’s front door with the actress’s blood.
Manson was not at the scene of either slayings, however he was convicted of murder for directing his followers and was sentenced to death in 1971.