CORCORAN, CA –Charles Manson died, of natural causes, in hospital Sunday evening.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reported that Manson, who was 83, died at 8:13 p.m. on November 19.
Manson was admitted to prison on April 22, 1971, for seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder for the August 1969 deaths of Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Sharon Tate Polanski (who was eight months pregnant), Jay Sebring, Leno La Bianca and Rosemary La Bianca.
On December 13, 1971, he received a first-degree murder conviction for the July 25, 1969, death of Gary Hinman and another first-degree murder conviction for the August 1969 death of Donald Shea.
Manson was originally sentenced to death but in 1972 a decision caused all capital sentences in California to be commuted to life in prison. California did not have a life-without-parole sentence at that time so Manson had 12 parole hearings, with parole being denied each time.