America’s most infamous mass murderer Charles Manson is dead. The 83-year old died at a prison hospital in California last night. Manson directed the murders of actress Sharon Tate and several others in the summer of 1969, saying he was inspired by The Beatle’s song “Helter Skelter.”
Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.
Manson, whose name to this day is synonymous with unspeakable violence and madness, died of natural causes at Kern County hospital, according to a California Department of Corrections statement.
TMZ was first to report on the killer's death. The celebrity-news site reported that Debra Tate, the sister of Sharon, said she received a call from Corcoran State Prison informing her that Manson died.