Charles Manson Granted Parole? Hoax Goes Viral

An online news agency is claiming that Charles Manson was granted parole. Throughout the article, the writer cited California Board of Parole Hearings Commissioner John Peck. Although Peck indeed holds the position of commissioner, the article is an obvious hoax.

Charles Manson was denied parole in an April 2012 hearing. He will not be eligible for another hearing until 2027. The hoax article acknowledges this fact. However, the writer goes on to explain that a special hearing was scheduled, as Manson is now 79 years old and his health is failing.

The writer claims to have spoken with Peck, who revealed the outcome of the secret hearing:

"He is 79 years old and in poor health... We know it's not going to be a popular decision but, considering our other options he's the least threat."
Not only does the writer claim Charles Manson was granted parole, he also said the decision was "authorized by California Governor Jerry Brown."

Writer Aaron Smith's article is well-written and cites numerous authorities. As he includes plenty of factual information, readers may be inclined to believe it is true. Fortunately, the article is a hoax.

As reported by The Epoch Times, Charles Manson was not granted parole. In fact, it seems that he has no interest in leaving Corcoran State Prison. Prior to his 2012 parole hearing, which he did not attend, Manson admitted that he is "a very dangerous man."

Following the board's recommendation that parole not be granted, Commissioner John Peck said the "panel can find nothing good as far as suitability factors go."

In 2027 Manson will be 92 years old. Although one source claims Charles Manson was granted parole, it is far more likely that he will die in prison.

Manson is accused of forming and leading a cult-like group, which he lovingly referred to as "The Family." In August, 1969, Manson convinced four members of his "family" to kill actress Sharon Tate, writer Wojciech Frykowski, heiress Abigail Folger, hair stylist Jay Sebring, supermarket executive Leno LaBianca, his wife Rosemary, Steven Parent, Gary Hinman, and Donald "Shorty" Shea.

It is unclear whether Manson actually killed any of the victims. However, he admittedly convinced his followers to commit the murders on his behalf.

On January 25, 1970, Charles Manson was convicted of first degree murder. Although he was sentenced to death on March 29, 1971, California's death penalty was repealed in 1972.

Despite claims that Charles Manson was granted parole, he will certainly spend the rest of his life in prison for his involvement in the deaths of nine people.

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