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Is This Charles Manson’s Last Parole Hearing?

Photo of Charles Manson in a mug shot taken in 2011, with a bushy gray beard and watery eyes

Aging killer Charles Manson is boycotting his parole hearing today. And it could be his last one for a while:

Under current law, inmates can be denied the chance to reapply for parole for up to 15 years. Another rejection could make Manson 92 before he would get another opportunity to make his case.
“At his age, I think he doesn’t care,” said Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira, who will argue Wednesday against Manson’s release. “He would be lost if he got out. He’s completely institutionalized.”
[Update: Manson was denied parole, and the board did set his next case for 15 years from now, in the year 2027.]
In Manson’s case, “institutionalized” has some weird angles:
He has a steady stream of visitors who submit requests to see him, including college students writing papers about him, said Theresa Cisneros, spokeswoman for Corcoran State Prison… “He has a large interested public,” she said, adding that Manson receives more mail than most prisoners. 
Manson has been cited twice for having smuggled cellphones. Authorities found he had been talking with people in California, New Jersey, Florida, British Columbia, Arkansas, Massachusetts and Indiana.
Good grief.
Debra Tate, sister of actress Sharon Tate, will again attend today’s parole hearing. She’s 59 years old now; she was 17 when Manson mudered Sharon Tate, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time.

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