Mass murderer Manson denied parole again in California

Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:45am GMT
 

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mass murderer Charles Manson, one of America's most notorious convicts, was denied parole on Wednesday in his 12th and possibly final bid for release from a California prison, state corrections officials said.

Manson, 77, who has skipped attendance of his parole hearings in recent years, was not present for Wednesday's review of his case by the state Board of Parole Hearings at Corcoran State Prison, where he is serving a life term.

The state Corrections and Rehabilitation Department said Manson would next be eligible for parole in 15 years, when he would be about 92 years old.

He had been denied release on parole 11 times before, most recently in 2007, when the board ruled that he "continues to pose an unreasonable danger to others and may still bring harm to anyone he would come in contact with."

Following a hearing of about two hours at Corcoran, located 175 miles (280 km) northwest of Los Angeles, the board issued its latest rejection without further comment, corrections spokesman Luis Patino said.

Amid the hippie culture of the 1960s, Manson, a charismatic ex-convict, put together a collection of runaways and outcasts known as the Manson Family. In the summer of 1969 he became one of the 20th century's most infamous criminals when he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people.

Among the victims was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was stabbed 16 times by members of the cult in the early morning hours of August 9, 1969.

Four other people also were stabbed or shot to death in Tate's home that night by the Manson followers, who scrawled the word "Pig" in blood on the front door before leaving.   Continued...

Debra Tate, sister of slain actress Sharon Tate, reacts after convicted mass murderer Charles Manson was denied parole at his 12th parole hearing for the 1969 Tate-Labianca murders, April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas
 
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