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

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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.

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Charles Manson photo released ahead of parole hearing

APTOPIX Charles Manson

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A parole hearing is scheduled for 77-year-old serial killer Charles Manson later this month.

The California Department of Corrections has released a new photograph of a long-haired and aged Charles Manson that shows the convicted cult killer with a white beard and still-visible, decades-old swastika scar on his forehead. 

The photo, reportedly taken last June, was released ahead of the 77-year-old's 12th parole hearing, scheduled for next week. The last image released showed the infamous inmate with a buzzcut.

Manson is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison for the killings of seven people, including the gruesome 1969 death of pregnant actress Sharon Tate. 

In January prison guards found a smuggled cellular phone in Manson's jail cell. It was the second time since 2009 that a phone had been found in his quarters.

The L.A. district attorney’s office said it would vigorously oppose the release of the mass murderer, according to KPCC's Patt Morrison show. 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.

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