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article imageNew mug shot shows aging Charles Manson

By KJ Mullins     Apr 6, 2012 in Crime
California state prisoner #B33920, better known as Charles Manson, will be up for parole next week for the 12th time at the age of 77.
The man who was behind some of the state's most violent murders is not expected to appear before the parole board nor is he expected to see freedom.
Charles Milles Manson, 77, has aged from a shaved man to a long haired senior citizen with a long beard and moustache. The one facial feature that has not changed with the sands of time is the swastika tattoo centered on the leader of the Manson Family's forehead.
(The tattoo on Manson's head started out as an X during his trial. It later was turned into the current image.)
In the late 1960s a commune of troubled youth joined together in California with the leader, an unemployed ex-convict who wrote music.
Manson told his followers that he wanted to start his own version of the Beatles song Helter Skelter. In Manson's version of the song, the world was about to go through an apocalyptic race war.
On August 6, 1969 he sent four members of his 'family' to the home of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski with orders to destroy everyone inside as gruesomely as they could. His followers: Charles Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel, did as they were told. Sharon Tate was 8 months pregnant when the attack happened. She along with Abigail Folger, Steven Parent and Voiytek Frykowski. Sharon Polanski and Jay Sebring were killed either in the home or in the grounds that night from gunshot wounds or stabbings.
On August 7, 1969 the four who had attacked the Tate residence along with Leslie Van Houten and Steve "Clem" Grogan went to 3301 Waverly Drive, the home of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, a dress shop co-owner. There are accounts that Manson was also at the residence. The couple were both stabbed numerous times by the six followers resulting in their deaths. The group then used the blood of Mr. LaBianca to write "Rise" and "Death to pigs" on the walls and "Healter [sic] Skelter" on the home's refrigerator.
The LAPD worked on the case until all of those involved were arrested by December 1, 1969. Charles Manson was already in custody when the final arrests were made.
The trial against the family began on June 15, 1970. When the prosecution rested on November 16 it was time for the defense to begin their case. The courtroom was stunned when three days later without producing a single witness the defense rested its case. The next day Charles Manson testified without the jury present. Speaking for over an hour he denied that he had ordered the murders, blaming the crimes on Watson.
On January 25, 1971 Charles Manson was found guilty of seven counts of murder and one count of conspiracy. He was sentenced to death on April 19, 1971. The death sentence was overturned in 1972 after a decision by the Supreme Court of California temporarily eliminated the state's death penalty.
has been in prison since. His chance at parole has been reject 11 times. He last attended a parole hearing in 1997. It is doubtful that he will appear next Wednesday.
Manson is held in protective housing at Corcoran State Prison. In the past year he has violated the rules at the correctional facility several times. In October a homemade weapon was found in his cell. Earlier this year Manson was in possession of a cell phone. Prisoners are not allowed to have the devices.
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