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Charles Manson denied parole, will be 92 next time he's eligible



APTOPIX Charles Manson
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Charles Manson skipped a hearing Wednesday where the mass murderer was denied parole for the 12th time. He will not be eligible for another parole hearing until he is 92-years-old.

Decades after the murder of actress Sharon Tate and six others, Tate's sister Debra is still attending the hearings, saying, "I've been doing it for Sharon and the other victims of him for the last 40 years.''

While serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison, Manson has repeatedly not attended parole hearings and has refused psychological evaluations. He does, however, approve select requests from visitors who want to see him.

Guards found a smuggled cell phone in Manson's quarters earlier this year -- his second offense since 2009. Calls were traced to California, New Jersey, Florida, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Indiana, and British Columbia but authorities did not disclose recipient names. He also was recently cited for having a homemade weapon.

In advance of the hearing, California Department of Corrections released a new photograph of the 77-year-old convicted cult killer with a white beard and still-visible, decades-old swastika scar on his forehead. 

Manson was originally sentenced to death, however the 1972 ruling was changed in 1977 when the death penalty law was found to be unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court.