After 11 rejected bids for conditional release, infamous killer and cult leader Charles Manson, now 77, will once again be up for parole this month. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said it would vigorously oppose the release of the mass murderer.
The “Helter Skelter” killer’s last parole hearing was in 2007, which Manson refused to take part in based on his own political objections. The convicted murderer also declined to participate in any psychological evaluations in 2007. Recent photos of Manson released by the state prison system show Manson looking haggard and unkempt.
The leader of the “Family” cult has been convicted for his role in the notorious killing of a total of nine people and was originally sentenced to death. A 1972 ruling by the California Supreme Court found the death penalty law to be unconstitutional and Manson’s sentence was changed in 1977 to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Manson is currently incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California.
Why is Charles Manson’s notorious legacy so enduring?
Vincent Bugliosi, attorney, former Los Angeles District Attorney and prosecutor in the Tate-LaBianca murder trial. He is the author of “Helter Skelter” (1974)