TMZ is reporting that Charles Manson is in a Bakersfield, California hospital and is not expected to leave alive.
“It’s not going to get any better for him,” the source told the celebrity news site. The source also described Manson as “ashen” and lying still while covered in blankets.
“It’s just a matter of time,” the source said.
Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told the LA Times that Manson is still alive, but she did not comment on the severity of his condition.
However, an unnamed source familiar with the situation suggested that Manson’s condition was deteriorating.
The notorious mass murderer, serving several life sentences in Corcoran State Prison in California, also was hospitalized in January.
Since arriving at the Bakersfield facility, Manson’s been wheeled around the hospital on a gurney for treatments guarded by five cops, TMZ.com said.
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.”
Manson had serious health issues back in January as well, when he was hospitalized for severe intestinal bleeding and needed surgery to repair a lesion … but was deemed too weak by doctors and sent back to prison.
Manson shocked the world on Aug. 9, 1969, when he directed his protégé Charles (Tex) Watson to take three female members of his cult, known as the Manson Family, to a posh house above Sunset Blvd. and slaughter everyone there.
The Manson Family members butchered movie director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, along with celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, writer Wojciech Frykowski and visiting teen Steven Parent.
The next night, Manson joined the same four followers along with two others as they broke into the home of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.
Manson wanted to show the group the correct way to execute and ordered the LaBiancas bound with lamp cords and their heads covered by pillowcases before the savage stabbing started.
In 1971, Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi used his “Helter Skelter” theory to successfully convict Manson and several of his female compatriots of seven murders: the Tate-LaBianca killings that shocked America and the world (the victims included heavily-pregnant movie star Sharon Tate).
Manson was subsequently convicted of two other murders: Donald “Shorty” Shea, a hand at the Spahn Ranch where Manson and his cronies and female groupies congregated, who Charlie may have believed snitched on him to the police after the Tate-LaBianca murders; and the earlier murder of music teacher and small-time drug dealer Gary Hinman by Bobby Beausoleil.
Although Manson never did any of the actual killing, under the rules of accomplice liability, he was deemed as responsible for the killings as the actual perpetrators who caused the deaths of the nine people.
Condemned to death upon conviction, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the State of California after a 1972 Supreme Court decision struck down extant death penalties in the various states. It is highly unlikely that Manson will ever be paroled.
During his four decades of incarceration, Manson has been anything but a model prisoner. Among other things, he has been cited for assault, repeated possession of a weapon, threatening staff and possessing a cell phone.
Charles Manson was born Charles Milles Maddox on November 12, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Kathleen Maddox, a 16-year-old girl who was both an alcoholic and prostitute. Kathleen later married William Manson, but the marriage ended quickly and Charles was placed in a boys school. Although the boy ran back to his mother, she didn’t want to have anything to do with him.
Charles was soon living on the streets and getting by through petty crime.
Still just a teenager, in 1951 Manson began spending time in prison. Early on, before he discovered the benefits of being a “model prisoner,” he was considered dangerous. He would eventually spend half of the first 32 years of his life behind bars.
Good riddance. He has never shown remorse. He should have been put to death decades ago, instead, the taxpayers have supported his butt for all these years.
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