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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Charles Manson, 80, Gets a Marriage License

Manson, still in prison, has 26-year-old fiancée

(Newser) - Charles Manson may be an 80-year-old mass murderer serving life in prison, but somebody loves him—and that somebody plans to marry the guy, the AP reports. Manson and Afton Burton, a 26-year-old Midwesterner who goes by "Star," have a marriage license that's valid for the next... More »

Listen to Manson Follower 'Squeaky' Fromme's Mental Evaluation

She sounds calm and in control talking with psychiatrist before trial

(Newser) - The Sacramento Bee is out with a fascinating bit of history regarding Manson follower Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme. A judge agreed to the newspaper's request to release audio recordings of her psychiatric evaluation on Sept. 21, 1975, made just weeks after she was arrested for pointing a gun at... More »

25-Year-Old Says She's Engaged to Charles Manson

He has named her 'Star,' and she has carved 'X' in forehead

(Newser) - Is Charles Manson, 79, about to marry a 25-year-old woman? The woman in question seems to think so. Rolling Stone has a lengthy new profile of the infamous serial killer, that focuses just as much on his closest devotee: A woman referred to only as "Star," a name... More »

Manson Follower Goes Into 'Unprecedented' Details

Leslie Van Houten denied parole 20th time

(Newser) - The 20th time was not the charm for Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten , who was again denied parole yesterday. The 63-year-old's next chance to seek parole won't come for five years. KABC-TV reports that Van Houten went into "unprecedented detail" during the 8-hour hearing. From it... More »

Manson Killed More People: New Tape

Dead lawyer says Manson Family member told him of other murders in tape

(Newser) - In May of last year came an intriguing and horrific revelation: The LAPD was trying to obtain decades-old audio recordings that could link Charles Manson to more murders. The tapes purportedly feature conversations between Manson's former right-hand man, Charles "Tex" Watson, and Watson's lawyer, Bill Boyd. Now,... More »

Manson Follower Granted Parole

But Gov. Jerry Brown could block release of Bruce Davis

(Newser) - A California man who helped murder two people on the orders of Charles Manson in 1969 has been recommended for release by a state parole panel. Bruce Davis, 70, has been in prison for 40 years for the murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. Davis... More »

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