Serial killer Charles Manson is believed to be in hospital. TMZ and The LA Times both reported that he had been taken from Corcoran State Prison to a medical centre in Bakersfield. The only aspect that was confirmed by officials was that Manson was still alive.
Late Tuesday night, however, there was a strong security presence around Bakersfield’s Mercy Hospital Downtown. Three vehicles from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) were present.
Terry Thornton, CDCR spokeswoman, only confirmed he was still alive, and stated she could not divulge further information due to privacy laws.
In 1969, Manson was convicted of orchestrating the murders of Sharon Tate and six others. Sharon Tate was pregnant at the time.
Debra Tate, Sharon’s sister said she wished those that killed her sister no “ill wishes”, “I would probably say a prayer for them and shed a tear and ask God to have mercy on their souls, but so far I haven’t allowed myself to feel anything because it’s unsubstantiated. I’m not allowing myself to feel anything until I know that it’s true.”
Ms. Tate is a devout Catholic.
Manson was convicted of leading a cult where he manipulated young people living in a commune to kill. Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten were convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Charles “Tex” Wilson was convicted later.
None were executed, however, due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1972.
Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the federal receiver, said, “In general, inmates are sent to outside hospitals if they need surgical services, emergency care, or diagnostic services of an acute nature. These services are not provided in state prison facilities.”
Manson has tried 12 times for parole. In 2012 his last bid for freedom was rejected. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has repeatedly blocked parole where Manson is concerned.