Notorious convicted murderer and cult leader Charles Manson is 83 years old, but it’s looking doubtful tonight that he’ll make it to 84.
TMZ reports that Manson has been hospitalized tonight, apparently having taken a sudden — and permanent — turn for the worse.
We’re told Manson was rushed to a Bakersfield hospital 3 days ago, and has been wheeled around on a gurney for various treatments … escorted by 5 uniformed cops.
We’re told the 83-year-old Manson, who lays still covered in blankets, looks ashen.
Our sources say Manson’s health has been steadily deteriorating and, as it was put to us, “It’s just a matter of time.”
USA Today has some more background on Manson’s previous medical issues, which come as no surprise:
In January of this year, Manson was sent under heavily armed guard to a hospital in Bakersfield, where officials described him as “seriously ill.”
But he was treated and released back to prison. TMZ reported that he had been having a bout of severe intestinal bleeding and needed surgery to repair a lesion, but doctors deemed him too weak for the procedure.
Manson had appeared frail and seemingly mentally vague at his various parole hearings in the 1990s before he abruptly stopped physically attending the hearings. All of his parole petitions ended with officials denying his release.
His first parole hearing was in November 1978, just seven years after he was convicted of his crimes. Manson was denied parole for the 12th time on April 11, 2012.
California parole officials noted at his April 2012 hearing that Manson had schizophrenia issues, as well as paranoid delusions.The panel also noted that Manson had received more than 100 rules sanctions while in prison and has never expressed remorse for the killings.
“Charles Manson” has become a household name ever since he left his grisly mark on American history, but the specifics of his crimes may not be such common knowledge. So here’s a summary, courtesy of Biography.com:
“The Family,” as they became known, was a group of around 100 followers of Charles Manson who shared his passion for an unconventional lifestyle and habitual use of hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD and magic mushrooms. After Manson was released from prison for petty crimes in 1967, the Manson Family moved to San Francisco and later to a deserted ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Manson’s followers also included a small hard-core unit of impressionable young girls. They began to believe, without question, Manson’s claims that he was Jesus and his prophecies of a race war.
The Manson Family — including Charles Manson and his young, loyal disciples — is thought to have carried out some 35 killings. Most of their cases were never tried, either for lack of evidence or because the perpetrators were already sentenced to life for the Tate/La Bianca killings.
The first of Manson’s victims were murdered on August 9, 1969, at the home Roman Polanski had rented, located at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, an area just north of Beverly Hills. While Manson himself took no part in the actual killings, he directed four of his most obedient followers — Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian — to the address and directed them to kill everyone. According to one of the Family member’s statements, the Polanksi household had been targeted because it represented the showbiz world that had rejected Manson.
The four victims found inside the Polanski residence had just returned home from dinner at the time of the murder: Polanski’s wife, actress Sharon Tate; writer Wojciech Frykowski and his partner, the coffee bean heiress Abigail Folger; and celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring. Polanksi himself was away in London shooting a film.
Needless to say, he will not be missed.