After decades of imprisonment, Charles Manson, the infamous cult leader and mass murderer, has finally died from health complications at the age of 83 — leaving the world with one less evil soul.
Manson, who had intestinal bleeding, was transferred from Corcoran State Prison to Bakersfield Hospital in California on January 5, 2017, according to TMZ. He survived these health complications but was again hospitalized last week. He died at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday in Bakersfield, California. TMZ is also reporting that the prison is notifying his victims’ families.
Manson was born Charles Milles Maddox on November 12, 1934, in Cincinnati. From a young age, he displayed a propensity for criminal activity and violence. A psychiatric evaluation conducted when Manson was 17 deemed him “dangerous.” Over the next 20 years, he would find himself in and out of prisons and reform schools.
After being released from prison in 1967, Manson established himself as a “guru” in San Francisco, where he began to attract a group of loyal followers. Eventually, he would change his title from “guru” to “Christ,” as his group became a more zealous cult. This was also the year in which he began using the alias Charles Willis Manson — for its wordplay tying his “will” to that of “man’s son,” implying Jesus.
Manson had surrounded himself with a small group of die-hard female followers from his larger commune, which was estimated to number 100. This group became known as the “Charles Manson Family.” Eventually, the Family moved to a secluded ranch, where they began plotting a string of cold-blooded murders at Manson’s command.
It’s estimated that the Manson Family murdered 35 innocent people during their years together, the most famous being Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski.
The Family included Susan “Sadie” Denise Atkins, Bobby Beausoleil, Bruce Davis, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Steven “Clem” Grogan, Patricia “Katie” Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, and Charles D. “Tex” Watson. In 1969, the members of the group were finally arrested and charged for their many brutal murders. They would spend the rest of their lives in prison.
Manson is reported to have fathered three sons (Valentine Michael Manson, Charles Luther Manson, Charles Manson Jr.), though little is known about their lives or current whereabouts.
Years after the Family’s horrific crimes, details from Manson’s evil spree continue to emerge and chill. Within the last few years, it was revealed that Doris Day might have prevented her only son from being massacred by the Manson family. For the full story, be sure to watch the video below.
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