Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

Infamous mass murderer Charles Manson dies aged 83

Charles Manson, the murderer and cult leader, has died in a hospital in California.

Manson and his cult became notorious due to the brutality of the murder of Tate and the six other victims.

Having not being present at the murders - instead instructing members of his "Family" to commit the heinous crimes - he was convicted of conspiracy to commit the murders which occurred in August 1969.

Like his followers, or "family", Hollywood was attracted to Manson on several occasions.

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The word "pig" was written in a victim's blood on the walls of one home and the front door of another. He then tried to secure parole twelve times but was denied in every attempt.

12, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Manson - who took his uncle's last name - was in and out of reform schools and prison beginning at the age of 12. The reason for the disturbing writings, the prosecutor argued, was because Manson wanted to start a race war and had hoped the Black Panthers would be blamed for the killings. I have spent my life in prison. Perhaps the most notable onscreen portrayal of him was turned in by Steve Railsback in Helter Skelter, a CBS event telefilm directed by Tom Gries that aired over two nights in April 1976.

Manson had been an inmate at Corcoran State Prison.

Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School who follows high-profile cases, described Manson in 2009 as the worst of the worst, evil incarnate. In 1998, the animated television series "South Park" featured Manson in a Christmas special. Since his 1971 conviction, he has remained a horrifying and fascinating figure in pop culture, as the subject of books and movies and the occasional rambling media interview.

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