“I have spent my life in prison. I have put five people in the grave. I am a very dangerous man”…these are the words pronounced by Charles Manson to a prison psycologist and reported yesterday by a member of the parole panel which ruled in conformity with the advice of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office which had said it would vigorously oppose Manson’s release from the special unit in the Corcoran State Prison In King’s County, California and its move to Atascadero State Hospital.
Manson, who is 77-year-old now, did not attend the special hearing and will be eligible for another one in 15 years, when he will have turned 92. In 2007 at his previous parole hearing, the board concluded he “continues to pose an unreasonable danger to others and may still bring harm to anyone he would come in contact with”.
The Los Angeles Times reminds today that “Manson and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969. Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was 8½ months pregnant when she was killed at the couple’s hilltop home in Benedict Canyon on Aug. 9, 1969. Polanski was out of the country working on a film. Besides Tate, four others were stabbed and shot to death: Jay Sebring, 35; Voytek Frykowski, 32; Abigail Folger, 25, a coffee heiress; and Steven Parent, 18, a friend of Tate’s caretaker. The word “Pig” was written on the front door in blood.The next night, Manson rode along with his cohorts to the Los Feliz home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, then left three of them to commit the murders. “Death to pigs” was written on a wall, and “Healter Skelter,” which was misspelled, was written on the refrigerator door. Manson was also convicted of the earlier murder of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home, and the slaying of former stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea at the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth, where Manson had his commune.”
Charles Manson was originally sentenced to death but this sentence was commuted in to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 1977 following a ruling by the California Supreme Court which had considered the state’s death penalty law unconstitutional.
Comments on the “LA Times” website were indicating that a significant majority of readers consider he should have been executed and regret that the State of California is spending a fortune of taxpayer money to keep him alive.