Charles Manson won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon. The notorious killer skipped his 12th parole hearing which made it pretty easy for the California parole board to deny his parole.
The Associated Press reports that this may have been Manson’s last chance at parole. The state can deny inmates the opportunity to reapply for parole for up to fifteen years. This means that Manson, now 77, could be 92 before he gets another shot at freedom.
Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira, said:
“At his age, I think he doesn’t care… He would be lost if he got out. He’s completely institutionalized.”
Manson’s attorney, DeJon R. Lewis, argued before the parole hearing that Manson should be taken to a mental hospital. Lewis said:
“Charles Manson does not need incarceration at this point in his life. He needs hospitalization.”
Manson hasn’t attended a parole hearing since 1997. His most recent hearing was in 2007.
Manson may have been a no-show for his parole hearing today but Debra Tate, the sister of Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Manson four decades ago, made the trip to California to argue against Manson’s release. Tate said:
“I’ve tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose… I’ve been doing it for Sharon and the other victims of him for the last 40 years… I would hope he would get the moxie to come to terms with the reality of his situation and not the myth. They were a bunch of renegade sociopaths that banded together and had one hot flame for a short period of time,” she said. “It’s important to me that I try to diminish and tarnish their status as urban legends. It’s wrong, it’s just plain wrong.”
Are you glad that Charles Manson was denied parole for the 12th, and possibly final, time.