Charles Manson parole hearing today
(CNS) – For the 12th time, and possibly the last, a parole board hearing will be held today for convicted mass murderer Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison.
As has become his habit, the 77-year-old Manson is not expected to attend the hearing, although an attorney will attend on his behalf.
Manson has been denied parole 11 times, with the board determining that he continues to present a danger to the public and noting that he repeatedly disregarded instructions from the board. His last parole hearing was in 2007.
Manson and his “family” members were convicted for the Aug. 9, 1969, murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others in the rented Benedict Canyon home of Tate and her husband, director Roman Polanski, who was out of the country at the time. Tate was eight months pregnant at the time.
Manson was not actually present, but ordered the slayings.
A day later, the group struck again — stabbing to death grocery store chain owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their Los Feliz-area home.
Manson was convicted of first degree-murder and conspiracy in the killings.
Also convicted were Charles “Tex” Watson, Patricia Krenwinkle and Susan Atkins. A third woman, Leslie Van Houten, was convicted of the murders of LaBianca and his wife, along with a conspiracy charge.
The murderers left bloody messages at both crime scenes, in what authorities believe was an effort to start a race war.
The five defendants were spared the death penalty in 1972 when the state Supreme Court overturned capital punishment.
Tate’s sister, Debra, is expected to attend today’s hearing, which could be Manson’s last as he will not be eligible for another until he is 92.