Killer and Cult Leader Charles Manson Dead at 83

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Charles Manson, wild-eyed leader of a cult "family" who killed seven people in a bloody rampage in Los Angeles that shocked the nation in 1969, died Sunday.

Manson returned to the hospital in mid-November after being hospitalised in January.

Manson was serving nine life sentences in relation to this when he died.

"I was thinking today about why Manson is so remembered and such a part of our cultural history, whereas other serial killers have done far worse", said former AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch, who covered the 1970-71 trials of Manson and his followers, as well as all of their parole hearings until she retired two years ago.

Instead on August 9, Manson's followers murdered Tate, her unborn baby and four others who were visiting her. He established himself as a guru in the Height-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, the epicenter of the hippie movement.

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Tate, who was almost nine months pregnant, was found stabbed repeatedly in her Hollywood mansion, along with several of her friends. She served 34 years in prison. He also met Terry Melcher, a music producer who had lived in the same house that Polanski and Tate later rented. The reason for the disturbing writings, prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi argued, was because Manson wanted to start a race war and had hoped the Black Panthers would be blamed for the killings. He complained that Wilson took a Manson song called "Cease to Exist", revised it into "Never Learn Not to Love" and recorded it with the Beach Boys without giving Manson credit.

Lie: The Love and Terror Cult features a crazy-looking Manson on the cover in an image that evoked a photo that had fronted Life magazine four months earlier. It was, she concluded, because Manson killed more than just seven people.

TMZ is reporting Charles Manson, the man who masterminded one of America's horrific killing sprees, is dead at 83.

In a recent interview with James Michael Hughes, Railsback said he turned down the opportunity to play Manson but changed his mind after talking with famed director Elia Kazan, for whom he made his feature debut in The Visitors (1972). He last attended a parole hearing in March 1997 and was not eligible for another hearing until 2027.

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