His crimes shocked the world.

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American cult leader Charles Manson, 82, is in hospital and ‘seriously ill’ according to reports.

The notorious criminal was taken from Corcoran State Prison in central California to the nearby Bakersfield Hospital for treatment. Although corrections officials have refused to comment any further on Manson’s condition, they have confirmed that he is still alive.

Manson is currently serving 9 life sentences for his part in a series of murders carried out by his devoted followers in the summer of 1969.

Manson’s groupies killed Sharon Tate, Wojcich Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, and Steven Parent at home on 8th August, before targeting couple Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the following evening. Although he didn’t carry out the murders himself, it was their leader Manson who masterminded the killings.

It was the brutal nature of the murders that shocked the world; the victim’s bodies were mutilated and the word PIG was scrawled in blood on the door of the home where actress Sharon Tate was killed. Chillingly, Sharon was 8 months pregnant at the time and begged for her unborn baby’s life but she was callously shot and stabbed. Both she and her baby died.

Whilst serving time in prison, one of Manson’s groupies Virginia Castro admitted that she killed Sharon Tate ‘because we wanted to do a crime that would shock the world, that the world would have to stand up and take notice.’

After a seven month trial in which Manson represented himself with an ‘X’ carved into his forehead (which he later turned into a swastika), he was sentenced to death in 1971. In 1972 the death penalty was abolished in California, so Manson was instead ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

It’s now been over 4 decades since Manson and his evil followers ended the lives of 7 innocent people in their vile killing spree. In 2012 Charles Manson was denied parole for the 12th time and is reported to have shown no remorse for his harrowing crimes.