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Charles Manson 'Seriously Ill,' Taken to Hospital

It's unclear what's wrong with the 82-year-old
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2017 6:35 PM CST

(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, but a source "familiar with the situation" says the 82-year-old is "seriously ill." The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation isn't commenting due to privacy laws, Reuters reports. A spokesperson for the department did however confirm that Manson "is alive."

Manson entered prison in 1971 after being convicted of having his followers, mostly young women, kill seven people in 1969 in an attempt to start a race war. Manson has been denied parole a dozen times. His next parole hearing isn't scheduled until 2027, when he'd be 92 years old. (Read more Charles Manson stories.)

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