Cult killer Charles Manson dead at 83

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Convicted murderer and cult leader Charles Manson, one of the most notorious criminals of the 20th century, has died at a hospital in California, a sister of one of his victims has said. He was 83 years old.

Manson passed away at 8:13 p.m. PT on Sunday, the sister of one of his victims, who was notified by prison officials, confirmed. Manson is believed to have died at a hospital in Bakersfield, where he was receiving treatment.

Manson was convicted in 1971 for his involvement in the 1969 murders of nine people, including actress Sharon Tate. The murders were carried out by his followers – the so-called “Manson Family” – which consisted of mostly runaways and outcasts.

Manson was initially sentenced to death but it was reduced to life in prison when California’s Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in the early 1970s. He became eligible for parole after just 7 years and his requests had been repeatedly denied. His next parole hearing had been set for 2027.

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