Ceased to exist: Charles Manson died in a California hospital Sunday night, almost 50 years into the cult leader's nine consecutive life sentences for orchestrating a series of murders that some said brought an end to the spirit of the '60s. Manson, long an inmate at Corcoran State Prison, was 83. He was turned down for parole a dozen times over the years and his next hearing would have been in 2027. A roundup of coverage:
- Secrecy about his condition. Authorities disclosed Wednesday that Manson had been hospitalized in Bakersfield, but declined to say why, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials said federal and state privacy laws prevented them from commenting on his condition. He died at 8:13pm Sunday of "natural causes," authorities say.