Charles Manson

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Board Grants Parole to Youngest Manson Follower

Governor could overrule Leslie Van Houten decision again

(Newser) - For the second time in two years, a California panel has recommended parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for the 1969 murder spree that horrified Los Angeles. After a 120-day review process, California Gov. Jerry Brown will have the final say on whether to... More »

Youngest Manson Follower Makes New Parole Bid

Leslie Van Houten was 19 during murder spree

(Newser) - The youngest of Charles Manson's murderous followers will attempt once more to persuade a parole panel she has reformed and—at age 68—deserves to be released from prison. Leslie Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Manson during a series of murders that terrorized Los Angeles... More »

Follower: Manson Said I'd Be Dragged Behind Car If I Left

Catherine Share testifies on Leslie Van Houten's behalf

(Newser) - A woman once under the spell of Charles Manson testified Thursday that the violent and manipulative cult leader threatened a painful death if she left the ranch where they lived. Catherine Share told a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that Manson once severely beat her and got a male cult... More »

Manson's New Mugshot: Same Scowl, Less Hair

82-year-old mass murderer last posed for the prison cameras in 2014

(Newser) - A lot can change in three years, and in Charles Manson's case, that includes the status of his coif. A new mugshot (the first since 2014) has been released for the 82-year-old convicted mass murderer, and the New York Daily News notes Manson has a lot less hair, though... More »

Sharon Tate's Sister Explains Her J-Law Diss

'There's two different kinds of pretty'

(Newser) - When news broke that Quentin Tarantino was making a movie about the Charles Manson murders , it was a safe bet that controversy would follow. But the first sign of it is unexpected: a strange debate on whether Jennifer Lawrence is pretty enough to play Sharon Tate, one of the victims.... More »

Tarantino's Next Movie May Be His Most Controversial

Rumored film about Manson murders labeled 'disgusting'

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino may have found his next movie, one that's already proving controversial despite scarce details. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Tarantino has written and will direct "a unique take" on the murders carried out by Charles Manson and his followers in the 1960s. Details of the script... More »

Manson Family Member Denied Parole

Patricia Krenwinkel's parole hearing resumed Thursday

(Newser) - California's parole board denied parole for convicted killer Patricia Krenwinkel—a follower of cult leader Charles Manson—Thursday, the AP reports. Krenwinkel, 69, was previously denied parole 13 times for the 1969 slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in Southern California. The next night, she... More »

Parole Board: Release Charles Manson Follower

Gov. Jerry Brown will have final decision on Bruce Davis

(Newser) - Charles Manson's "right-hand man" may have been denied parole recently , but another of his followers now has the chance to walk free. A California parole panel determined Wednesday that 74-year-old Bruce Davis, who's serving a life sentence in California Men's Colony prison in San Luis Obispo... More »

Charles Manson Is Behind Bars Once Again

The mass murderer was taken to the hospital earlier this week

(Newser) - Charles Manson is back behind bars, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesperson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Friday. "He is at the prison," Terry Thornton says. "I don't know how much plainer it can be." Manson, currently serving a life sentence,... More »

Charles Manson 'Seriously Ill,' Taken to Hospital

It's unclear what's wrong with the 82-year-old

(Newser) - Despite currently serving nine life sentences, the infamous Charles Manson left prison Tuesday, TMZ reports. Sources say Manson was taken from Corcoran State Prison in California to a hospital an hour away in Bakersfield for treatment. According to the Los Angeles Times , it's unclear what's wrong with Manson,... More »

Charles Manson's 'Right-Hand Man' Denied Parole

Charles 'Tex' Watson has his 17th parole hearing

(Newser) - California parole officials recommended Thursday that Charles "Tex" Watson, the self-described right-hand man of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, should remain in prison 47 years after he helped plan and carry out the slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people, the AP reports. Watson's 17th... More »

Police Release Sketches in Possible Manson Family Killing

Two men named Jean are persons of interest in teen's 1969 murder

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Police Department has released sketches of two men considered persons of interest in a 47-year-old murder possibly connected to the Manson family, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to People , Reet Jurvetson, 19, flew from Canada to LA in 1969 to see a man named Jean she... More »

Beach Boy May Have Seen Unreported Manson Killing

Mike Love says Dennis Wilson was too scared to tell the police

(Newser) - Charles Manson committed a murder that no one knew about—except at least two of the Beach Boys. That's according to Good Vibrations, the new memoir from Mike Love. In the book, Love claims bandmate and cousin Dennis Wilson came to him at a recording studio in 1969 "... More »

DA: Deny Parole for 'Manipulative' Manson Follower

Letter to Gov. Jerry Brown says Leslie Van Houten has no remorse for LaBianca murders

(Newser) - The Los Angeles district attorney is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to reject parole for a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, the AP reports. District Attorney Jackie Lacey released a letter Tuesday she sent to Brown saying that Leslie Van Houten should stay in prison for her role in the... More »

Teen Slain 46 Years Ago Near Manson Killings Is IDed

Cops can't say whether Canadian woman was one of his victims

(Newser) - For more than 46 years, a young woman whose body was found stabbed 150 times and tangled in the brush off of LA's Mulholland Drive has been relegated to "Jane Doe" status. Now, People reports that Jane Doe No. 59 has been identified as Reet Jurvetson—born in... More »

Manson Follower May Go Free

Parole board recommends parole for Leslie Van Houten

(Newser) - A California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult members went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife, reports AP . The now-66-year-old Van Houten was "numb" after the panel... More »

Manson Family Member Eligible for Parole, But ...

... Bruce Davis has heard that one before

(Newser) - Former Charles Manson acolyte Bruce Davis has been found eligible for parole—for the fourth time. Parole officials determined yesterday it was safe to release the 72-year-old, who has spent 43 years in prison for the 1969 murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. As on... More »

Man Who Put Charles Manson Behind Bars Has Died

'Helter Skelter' author Vincent Bugliosi forever tied to cult leader

(Newser) - The man best known for putting Charles Manson away and penning the best-selling book on the Manson Family's murderous spree died Saturday at age 80, reports the AP . As the New York Times reports, Vincent Bugliosi was the unknown and "intense, ambitious" Los Angeles prosecutor who "stepped... More »

Charles Manson Misses Wedding Date

26-year-old devotee needs new license, prison says

(Newser) - The marriage license of mass murderer Charles Manson and a 26-year-old devotee who believes in his innocence is set to expire without a wedding taking place, prison officials say. A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman says weekend visiting for inmates passed without Manson getting married. Afton Burton and... More »

Sharon Tate's Sister: Is Manson Fiancee 'Deranged'?

Debra Tate calls marriage 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - Why a 26-year-old woman would want to marry 80-year-old Charles Manson is beyond anyone, but especially Debra Tate, the sister of slain actress Sharon Tate. She calls the engagement between Afton Elaine Burton, aka "Star," and the convicted murderer "ludicrous," the AP reports. Burton apparently thinks... More »

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