Finally, a "celebrity" death that doesn't ruin your whole day. Notorious cult leader and criminal Charles Manson has died at the age of 83 after spending 46 years in prison. Under Manson's orders, members of the cult-like 'Manson Family' went on a murder spree in the late 1960s. Perhaps most notably, Manson commanded his followers to kill the actress Sharon Tate (who was eight months pregnant at the time), and four other people who were at her home on August 9, 1969. The Manson Family also attempted to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford. Manson was convicted of nine murders in 1971 and finally sentenced to life in prison in 1977. Now, his life is over.
Back in January, Manson was admitted to the hospital for internal bleeding.
At the time, he needed surgery to repair bleeding in his intestines, but doctors deemed him too weak to undergo that procedure.
They sent him back to prison, where it’s simply been a waiting game.
Last week, Manson was again rushed to the hospital.
TMZ reported that it was “only a matter of time” for Manson. A source close to the situation said at the time, “It’s not going to get any better for him.”
At 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, Manson died of “natural causes,” according to prison officials.
Manson had been in prison since his arrest in December of 1969 after the Tate-LaBianca murders.
An aspiring musician, Manson had tried to enter a recording contract with record producer Terry Melcher. However, Melcher snubbed Manson.
In retaliation, Manson told his followers Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to go to the house where Melcher used to live and kill everyone in it.
But Melcher didn’t live there anymore.
Instead, the house was occupied by actress Sharon Tate and her husband, film director Roman Polanski.
Polanski was not present the night of the murders, but Tate was.
Also killed that night were an 18-year-old young man named Steven Parent, a celebrity hairstylist named Jay Sebring, an aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski, and Frykowski’s partner Abigail Folger.
Sharon Tate was 8 months pregnant at the time of the murders. This is the last photo taken of her:
Tate pleaded with her killers to be allowed to live long enough to have her baby, even offering herself as a hostage. The Family members refused to spare her life (or that of her unborn child) and stabbed her 16 times.
The next day, the same four Family members were joined by two more and Manson himself to kill supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary.
Now that Manson is finally dead, the Internet is reacting in a pretty fascinating way…