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.
According to reports, the cult leader Manson is on his death bed in hospital, with sources saying that his death is only a matter of time.
Manson was taken to a hospital in Bakersfield, California three days ago for emergency treatment and has stayed there ever since.
Sources told the website TMZ Manson looks “ashen” covered in blankets and is not expected to last much longer.
“It’s not going to get any better for him,” they told the news outlet. “It’s just a matter of time.”
The news comes as no surprise as Manson’s health is reported to have been gradually declining for months.
In January, Manson was admitted into Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield for severe intestinal bleeding and a sigmoid lesion.
A source said at the time: “He’s not good. His health is failing.”
The 83-year-old has been in prison for over forty years after he ordered members of his cult, which he dubbed ‘The Family’, to go on a two-day killing spree in 1969.
Three of his followers – Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten – murdered seven people during that time: pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who was married to the director Roman Polanski, Abigail Folger, Fojciech Frykowski, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Steven Parent and Jay Sebring.
Manson’s ‘family’ members slaughtered the eight-and-a-half-months pregnant Tate and three of her friends at her Beverly Hills home.
Parent was shot multiple times after he had driven to the property to visit the residence’s caretaker William Garreston and stayed for a beer at the guest house.
The Family then murdered the La Biancas, who were small business owners, at their Los Angeles residence the following night.
Manson had intentionally ordered his followers to carry out the murders in rich, white suburbs of LA in the hope that the crimes would be blamed on African Americans, starting an apocalyptic race war.
Manson’s cult had been made up of disaffected young people which he manipulated into living with him in a commune and becoming killers.
Despite not being present at the killings, Manson was convicted of murder for them in 1971 and was initially sentenced to death for the crimes, as were Atkins, Krenwinkle and Van Houten.
However, the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional the following year and his sentence was commuted to life with parole in 1977.
Manson last applied for parole in 2012 but was denied release. He is not eligible to apply again until 2027, by which time he will be 93.
Quentin Tarantino is believed to be making a film based around the circumstances of Tate’s murder.