According to some news outlets Charles Manson could be released as early as 2016
In April 2012 Manson who has spent the past 44 years in prison was turned down for parole and told that he wasn’t eligible to apply again until 2027.
Manson had been refused parole at that April 2012 hearing after the panel heard testimony that Manson had said of himself: “I am a very dangerous man”:
Notorious killer Charles Manson was denied parole today after a California parole board noted that he recently bragged to a prison psychologist, “I am a very dangerous man.”
Manson, now a gray haired 77, was denied parole for the 12th time. He is serving a life sentence for seven murders in the 1969 “Helter Skelter” killing spree in Los Angeles.
“This panel can find nothing good as far as suitability factors go,” said John Peck, a member of the panel that met at Corcoran State Prison in central California for the hearing, according to a pool report from the Associated Press.
Peck read aloud some comments Manson had recently said to one of his prison psychologists.
“I’m special. I’m not like the average inmate,” Peck read. “I have spent my life in prison. I have put five people in the grave. I am a very dangerous manSource
Course, if he did say that then he has changed his mind since giving his now infamous 1989 interview – later released on video under the title of Charles Manson Superstar – of which I used to own a copy as it happens. And in that interview Manson concluded by saying “I never killed no one, anybody knows that”.
Now here’s the thing, according to Empire News that parole decision was revised in June 2014 following pressure put on California Governor, Jerry Brown to reduce the prison population:
One of the most famous killers in the American prison system will soon be walking free. On Tuesday Charles Manson, who is now 79 years old, was granted parole by the California Board of Parole and authorized by California Governor Jerry Brown.
According to California Board of Parole Hearings Commissioner John Peck, prison overcrowding forced the prison board to re-evaluate prisoners that are elderly or those with serious illnesses. In February a panel of federal judges ordered California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) two more years to reduce chronic prison overcrowding that has cost the state billions of dollars.The ruling, issued by three judges overseeing the state’s efforts to ease the overcrowding, gives California until February 2016 to achieve their goals. But, the judges said, the state has to make elderly inmates and those with serious illnesses eligible for parole immediately.
Manson, who was denied parole in April of 2012 and wasn’t scheduled for another parole hearing until 2027, was re-evaluated due to his age and health and the Parole Board recommended his parole.
“He is 79 years old and in poor health,” said Commissioner Peck. “We know it’s not going to be a popular decision but, considering our other options, he’s the least threat.” Source
However, that news could be bollocks since Manson’s “right hand man”, Bruce Davis had actually been granted parole at his 2012 hearing and that had caused a huge outcry:
A parole board’s decision to free Charles Manson’s right hand man after 40 years behind bars caused an outcry last night.
The recommendation to parole 69-year-old Bruce Davis came after the double-murderer’s 27th appearance before the board.
Davis was 30 years old when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1972 in a case that was a postscript to Manson’s notorious reign as leader of the murderous cult known as the Manson family.
Freedom: Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis, 70, is set to be released from prison in California.
Captured: Steve Grogan (left) and Bruce Davis (right) enter court to be tried for murder in 1970
He was not involved in the infamous Sharon Tate murders in 1969, but he was convicted with Manson and another man in the killings of a musician and a stuntman.Source
Never the less, the controversial decision was eventually overturned by Governor Brown and as it stands, Davis remains in prison. Source
Then in November 2014, CNN reported that 80 year old Manson had been granted permission to marry the bonkers 25 year old Afton Burton whom Manson had allegedly been seeing since she was 16 years old:
Afton Burton was 16 and living with her parents in Illinois when she discovered Charles Manson.
Now, nine years later, her name is Star, she’s 25 years old, and she considers herself Charles Manson’s wife, even though it isn’t official yet. Source
However, Manson denied that he was about to marry ‘Star’ and when asked about the rumour by Rolling Stone Magazine he said: “That’s trash. We’re just playing that for public consumption” Source
Course, the very fact that Manson was given permission to marry his much younger fiance is unbelievable when you consider that she shaved her head and carved a cross into her forehead – Something Manson and his followers did following his arrest in 1969.
And when you consider to abhorrent brutality of the murders, especially that of 8 month pregnant Sharon Tate, the gesture was not that of a sane person.
Never the less, despite Mansons denial it would appear that the wedding had been on until last week when old Charlie boy got wind of – allegedly – the real reason that Afton wanted to marry the dangerous psychopath:
Serial killer Charles Manson’s supposed budding romance with a woman 53 years his junior has been allegedly exposed as a money-making scheme.