Charles Manson parole. The Internet went nuts with rumors that serial killer Charles Manson would be turned out on the public due to overcrowded prisons and his own allegedly ailing health. Of course, it turned out to be a hoax. The truth is, he was up for parole, but don't worry. The sky isn't falling and no parole board is ever going to turn him loose in your neighborhood. It won't happen.
According to an ABC News report, this is the twelfth time Charles Manson has been up for parole since he was sentenced in 1969. Twelve times, parole boards have faced the weighty and difficult task of deciding whether or not Charles Manson still represents a danger to society. And twelve times, they've come to the same conclusion - he is still dangerous, he should not be given parole and turned out into the streets.
Chances are, we don't need to worry much about his next opportunity for parole, either. Let's face it, his name is synonymous with psycho killers. The chances that they will ever find a parole board who considers releasing Charles Manson and giving him parole are slim - at best.
To further cement the unlikelihood of ever receiving parole, Manson himself is making it pretty clear that letting him go wouldn't be safe. In what might be the understatement of the century, he told a prison psychologist:
"I'm special. I'm not like the average inmate. I have spent my life in prison. I have put five people in the grave. I am a very dangerous man."
According to the ABC News report, Charlie not only told the psychologist he was a dangerous man, but he bragged about it. That isn't the sort of move someone bound for parole makes.
John Peck, who was one of the members of the panel, gave this statement:
"This panel can find nothing good as far as suitability factors go. This panel agrees with that statement (Manson's self-description of himself as a very dangerous man)."
So, despite the popularity of what turned out to be an Internet hoax perpetrated by a faux "news" agency, we don't need to worry about Charles Manson making parole and walking around our neighborhoods.
According to a report in Law Fuel, Manson did not even show up for his hearing. California Department of Corrections spokesperson Luis Patino is quoted saying:
"He has not shown up for several of his latest hearings, since 1997. He told his counselor that he did not plan on attending."
The next time Charles Manson is up for parole is in 15 years. If he makes it that long, he will be 92 years old by then. Who knows, maybe by then, the prisons will actually be so full and Charles' health will actually be so bad that they let him go. Until then, if you hear anything about a Charles Manson parole, it's probably an Internet hoax.