Manson prosecutor: Keep them all locked up forever
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Kay was a fresh-faced prosecutor just 27 years old and three years out of law school when circumstances handed him the Manson "family" murder case.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fifty years ago this week, Charles Manson orchestrated the slaughter of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people over two nights in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was 50 years ago this week that Charles Manson dispatched a group of disaffected young followers on a two-night killing rampage that terrorized Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Following a seven-month trial, Charles Manson and three of his followers were convicted of murder and conspiracy in the August 1969 killings of actress Sharon Tate and six...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the Los Angeles houses where followers of Charles Manson committed notorious murders in 1969 is for sale.
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Former AP reporter talks Manson 50 years later
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board's decision to free Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten on Monday, marking the third time a governor has...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A yearslong saga over whether Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten deserves to be freed from prison took another sharp turn Wednesday as an appeals court questioned its...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on whether Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten should get parole (all times local):
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Parole recommended for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel on Wednesday recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be paroled after serving more than four decades in prison.
After a hearing at the women's prison in Corona, California, commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings found for the third time that the 69-year-old Van Houten was suitable for release.
Latest: Parole recommended for Manson follower Van Houten
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the parole request by Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten (all times local):
A California parole panel has recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be granted parole after serving more than four decades in prison.
State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino says the panel on Wednesday found that the 69-year-old prisoner is suitable for parole.
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Charles Manson follower, murderer recommended for parole
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California parole panel on Thursday recommended for the first time that Charles Manson follower Robert Beausoleil be freed after serving nearly a half-century in prison for murder.
Beausoleil, 71, was not involved in the most notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the Manson "family" in 1969. He was convicted in the slaying of musician Gary Hinman that same year.
‘Fatal Vision’ doctor again denied new trial in ’70 slayings
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Army surgeon convicted of slaughtering his pregnant wife and two young daughters at Fort Bragg nearly half a century ago will not get a new trial, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in handing him his latest legal defeat.
Jeffrey MacDonald, now 75, has adamantly maintained his innocence in the 1970 slayings and insisted that his family was killed by drugged-up hippies, including a woman who chanted "acid is groovy; kill the pigs."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Judges in California and South Carolina have ordered cellphone carriers to disable nearly 200 contraband cellphones used by inmates to orchestrate crimes behind and outside prison walls, the most sweeping order of its kind ever won by corrections officials.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men who claimed the most direct line of descent to murder mastermind Charles Manson were eliminated Friday from the bitter battle over his estate.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed probate petitions by Matthew Lentz, a musician who claims he was fathered by Manson at a 1967 orgy, and Michael Brunner, whose mother was a member of the "Manson family" when he was born.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mini-dresses and a wedding dress are among the items from estate of actress Sharon Tate are going up for auction.
Tate starred in the 1967 film "Valley of the Dolls" and was the toast of the swinging '60s social scene. She was murdered in Los Angeles by the notorious Charles Manson cult in 1969.
Los Angeles-based Julien's Auctions said Wednesday the sale is set to begin Nov. 17. The auction house would not reveal the name of the seller, and it's not clear who now owns the items.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the purported sons of Charles Manson could soon be out of the legal battle over the late cult leader's estate after failing to show up in court.
It’s not easy being Charles Manson’s grandson
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The private funeral was open casket, and Jason Freeman wanted to place the ring on his grandfather's finger but the body was so badly decomposed he was wearing gloves.
Freeman set the ring on Charles Manson's chest and walked away instead.
Charles Manson cremated following brief, private funeral
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson was cremated and his ashes scattered following a brief, private funeral four months after the death of the man who gained worldwide infamy for the 1969 Los Angeles killings of actress Sharon Tate and others that he hoped would spark a race war.
The memorial occurred Saturday at a funeral home in the California city of Porterville, according to Mark Pitcher, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A grandson of cult leader Charles Manson won the bizarre California court battle Monday over the killer's body.
Kern County Superior Court Commissioner Alisa Knight ruled that Jason Freeman can retrieve Manson's remains, which have been on ice in the Bakersfield morgue since he died in November.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The body of murder mastermind Charles Manson may soon be put to rest after a Kern County Superior Court commissioner said Wednesday that she would rule soon in the dispute over who can collect his remains.
The tussle has been evolving since the 83-year-old who orchestrated the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others died Nov. 19 in a Bakersfield hospital.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to star in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."
Sony Pictures says Wednesday that the film has been dated for a theatrical release on Aug. 9, 2019.
Set in 1969 Los Angeles, the project has become widely known as Tarantino's Charles Manson film.
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Late last month, ProPublica reported that the California man accused of killing a gay and Jewish University of Pennsylvania student was an avowed neo-Nazi and a member of Atomwaffen Division, one of the country’s most notorious extremist groups.The news about the murder suspect, Samuel Woodward, spread quickly throughout the U.S., and abroad. Woodward was accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein and burying his body in an Orange County park.The report, it turns out, was also taken...
Judge separates squabbles over Charles Manson’s remains and estate
Litigation over the estate of Charles Manson may resume in Los Angeles, but potential heirs fighting for the late cult leader's corpse must make their case elsewhere, L.A. County Superior Court Judge David Cowan ruled Friday.
Manson died in November at the age of 83, and no fewer than four separate parties have staked claims since over his estate and remains two of Manson's supposed children, a supposed grandson and a longtime pen pal.
Kin seeks Manson corpse to put ‘so-called monster’ to rest
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fight for the corpse of Charles Manson was thrown out of a Los Angeles court Friday, as another potential heir stepped into the case and the grandson of the cult leader made an emotional plea to a judge.
The Latest: Judge moves fight over Manson’s body out of LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a battle over Charles Manson's remains (all times local):
A judge has tossed the fight over the body of Charles Manson out of Los Angeles County.
Judge David Cowan said Friday the case belongs either in Kings County, where the cult leader was imprisoned or Kern County, where he died in a hospital in November.
Cowan says California law requires that the dispute belongs in the place where he had been living at the time of his death or where he died.
Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life.
Gov. Jerry Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at 83.
Fight over Charles Manson’s estate, remains in need of venue
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The battle brewing over the estate of Charles Manson entered court Monday, though it remains unclear where it will ultimately be fought or whether others will join a pen pal and purported grandson laying claim to the cult leader's possessions and body.
Judge aims to referee fight over Charles Manson’s remains
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The fight over the body and possessions of apocalyptic cult leader Charles Manson has fragmented into at least three camps competing over an estate that could cash in on songs he wrote that were used by The Beach Boys and Guns N' Roses.
Manson, 83, died in November nearly a half-century after he orchestrated the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight other people.
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They made music that inspired legions of fans.
Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.
Death certificate says Charles Manson died of heart failure
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Cult leader Charles Manson died of cardiac arrest accompanied by respiratory failure, triggered by colon cancer that had spread to other areas of his body, according to his death certificate.
He died Nov. 19 at Bakersfield's Mercy Hospital, near where the 83-year-old had been serving a life sentence for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight other people.
Editor's note: This is a response to a commentary written by columnist Ron Jackson, which appeared in the Nov. 25 edition of the Daily Journal
"When it (Charles Manson's death) happened, there was no real relief. He just died; peacefully, of natural causes, at age 83. That was it. What luck.''
Relatives, others want remains of cult leader Charles Manson
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The body of murder mastermind Charles Manson was barely cold when competing bids began for his remains and belongings among relatives and longtime associates.
Their plans have not been divulged, but some fear they might create a shrine for those who are still fascinated by the man behind the bizarre celebrity slayings that terrorized Los Angeles nearly a half-century ago.
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"You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy." -- Charles Manson
I can't get Manson's quote out of my head. He may have been onto a shred of disturbing truth.
The recently deceased cult leader and killer, who fancied himself the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, knew a thing or two about crazy. He was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and suffered from paranoid delusional disorder.
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William McKeen, Boston University
(THE CONVERSATION) When Charles Manson died in November 2017, his name carried weight even among those who weren’t alive when he committed his crimes.
San Francisco pier shooting jury ends Day 5 without verdict
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jurors have ended their fifth day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial that sparked a national debate over immigration policy.
Legal experts said that deliberations are taking longer than usual for a typical murder trial. They note that the case is complicated by the defendant's claim that the gun that killed Kate Steinle fired accidentally.
When I was in elementary school, my mom declared that Charles Manson was the devil.
Charles Manson, who died Nov. 19, famously attracted a coterie of men and women to do his bidding, which included committing a string of murders in the late 1960s.
But as someone who studies human cognition, I’m more interested in the members of the Manson “family,” such as Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel, and how they become drawn to leaders of cultlike organizations.
One of our society's most evil inhabitants died last week. For some strange reason, it is something I've been waiting on to happen for a long time. Charles Manson, one of America's most infamous murderers, has been a part of my psyche for 80 percent for my life.
Charles Manson was nothing more than a vile killer
Charles Manson is dead and the blanket reaction to this news should be "good riddance.''
Manson masterminded the violent Tate-LaBianca murders in Los Angeles in 1969. He has held cult figure status ever since being arrested for the crime, and continues to even after dying Sunday at the age of 83. Just consider these points:
• Manson received more mail than any inmate in California history. Even at the end of his life, he was receiving an average of 35 letters per week.
Charles Manson died on Sunday night after being admitted to a hospital in Bakersfield on Wednesday. The infamous cult leader, who was convicted along with three of his followers in 1971 of the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others, was 83 years old.
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Tanya D. Marsh, Wake Forest University