Charles Manson

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Court Denies Parole to 'Rehabilitated' Manson Follower

Leslie Van Houten's attorney says she's been rehabilitated, will appeal

(Newser) - Looks like no one's getting parole this week. The latest to find out she won't be leaving prison: Manson follower Leslie Van Houten. The Los Angeles Times reports that a California appellate court rejected the 70-year-old's latest bid for freedom, citing the "extreme gravity" of the... More »

After Studying Manson Murders for 20 Years, a Different Take

Tom O'Neill and Dan Piepenbring are out with a new book on the murders

(Newser) - The Charles Manson murders have never really left the public eye, but they've gotten a boost with Quentin Tarantino's new film Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood. But Tarantino isn't the only one out with a Manson-related project. Tom O'Neill and Dan Piepenbring are out with... More »

TV Ghost Hunter Buys Site of Manson Murders

'When I walked through that house, I felt things'

(Newser) - The grisly history of a home in Los Angeles has turned out to be its big selling point. TMZ reports that Ghost Adventures star Zak Bagans has bought the home where Charles Manson's followers brutally murdered Leno and Rosemary LaBianca on Aug. 9, 1969, stabbing the couple dozens of... More »

For Sale: Home Where Manson Family Killed 2

Site of LaBianca murders listed for $1.98M

(Newser) - One of the Los Angeles houses where followers of Charles Manson committed notorious murders in 1969 is for sale. The home in the hilly Los Feliz district is where Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were slain the night after actress Sharon Tate and four others were murdered by Manson followers in... More »

Governor Overrules Parole for Manson Follower

Leslie Van Houten was convicted in LaBianca slayings

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board's decision to free Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten on Monday, the third time a governor has stopped the release of the youngest member of Manson's murderous cult. Van Houten, 69, is still a threat, Newsom said, though she has... More »

Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme: I'm Still in Love With Manson

Former Manson Family member speaks out in new docu-series

(Newser) - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme apparently has no qualms about falling in love with Charles Manson and joining his cult: "Was I in love with Charlie? Yeah. Oh yeah. Oh, still am. Still am. I don't think you fall out of love," a smiling Fromme said on Tuesday'... More »

Another Chance at Freedom for Youngest Manson Follower

Parole recommended for Leslie Van Houten

(Newser) - A California panel on Wednesday recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be paroled after serving more than four decades in prison, the AP reports. After a hearing at the women's prison in Chino, California, commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings found for the third time since... More »

Man Who Killed for Manson Recommended for Parole

Robert Beausoleil was rejected 18 times

(Newser) - A California parole panel on Thursday recommended for the first time that Charles Manson follower Robert Beausoleil be freed after serving nearly a half-century in prison for murder, the AP reports. Beausoleil, 71, was not involved in the most notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the... More »

4 Months Later, Fate of Charles Manson's Body Settled

Cult leader's corpse will go to grandson Jason Freeman

(Newser) - A court official has made a decision on the body of Charles Manson—almost four months after the 83-year-old cult leader completed his life sentence and was put on ice at a California morgue. Kern County Superior Court Commissioner Alisa Knight ruled Monday that grandson Jason Freeman can take Manson'... More »

Youngest Manson Follower Denied Parole

State panel had recommended parole for Leslie Van Houten, but Gov. Jerry Brown rejects it

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life. Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame... More »

It's a 3-Way Fight Over Charles Manson's Remains

Purported son, grandson, and pen pal vying for control of estate

(Newser) - The fight over the body and possessions of apocalyptic cult leader Charles Manson has fragmented into at least three camps competing over an estate that could cash in on songs he wrote that were used by the Beach Boys and Guns N' Roses. Manson, 83, died in November , nearly a... More »

Manson May Have Left Entire Estate to Pen Pal

But there's some confusion over killer's will

(Newser) - Charles Manson reportedly disinherited his known children, ex-wives, in-laws, attorneys, friends, fellow inmates, police officers, guards, and the State of California—so who did he leave his estate to? According to TMZ , a pen pal. The man, who doesn't want his name used, tells the gossip site he had... More »

Manson's Grandson Forgave Him. GoFundMe, Not So Much

Fundraiser for Jason Freeman, meant to help pay for Manson's funeral, shut down by site

(Newser) - Charles Manson has a next of kin willing to claim his body, but grandson Jason Freeman might not be able to get to California from Ohio in time. GoFundMe pulled the plug on a fundraising site set up to help him with travel and burial expenses Thursday after $979 had... More »

Charles Manson Remembered as 'Evil Con Man'

It's not clear what will happen to his remains

(Newser) - 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... More »

Charles Manson Dead at 83

Cult leader's name became a byword for evil

(Newser) - Charles Manson, the cult leader whose hippie followers terrorized Los Angeles with seven gruesome murders in 1969, has died after almost 50 years behind bars. He was 83. The California Department of Corrections says Manson, whose death sentence for orchestrating the killings was commuted to life imprisonment in 1972, died... More »

Charles Manson in Hospital, Reportedly in Dire Condition

Mass murderer, 83, hospitalized for unspecified issue; one source says 'it's just a matter of time'

(Newser) - All that California corrections officials will confirm is that Charles Manson is alive—but all other details on why the 83-year-old mass murderer is now at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., are being kept under wraps, per the Los Angeles Times . It's his second reported hospital visit this year,... More »

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 »

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