Charles Manson Hospitalized, Reportedly Near Death

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For decades Charles Manson has been one of the world's most notorious mass murderers but it looks like his time may soon be coming to an end.

UPDATE (4:58 a.m.): The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says Charles Manson is still alive.

As the head of the Manson Family, Manson brainwashed his followers with visions of "Helter Skelter", an apocalyptic race war that he believed was imminent, based on his interpretation of the Bible and lyrics on The Beatles' White Album.

The next night, Manson rode with his followers to the Los Feliz home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, then left three members to kill the couple.

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All members of the "Family" were sentenced to death.

Manson was saved from the death penalty by a 1972 California Supreme Court ruling that found the state's death penalty law unconstitutional.

Manson has been incarcerated in various California prisons since 1971, when he was convicted of first-degree murder, despite never participating personally in his cult's violent crimes. All of his parole petitions ended with officials denying his release. Among other things, he has been cited for assault, repeated possession of a weapon, threatening staff and possessing a cellphone.

The Times reported Manson's condition is unclear. But a local television reporter tweeted a photo of a prison department van outside Mercy Hospital.

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