|California Department of Corrections|
I know, I know....this story has nothing to do with southwest Missouri or the Ozarks, but who can forget the reign of terror that Charles Milles Manson and his "family" had on Los Angeles in the summer of 1969.
New photos of the helter skelter mass murderer have been released in advance of his twelfth parole hearing next week.
At the request of CNN, the California Department of Corrections provided two photographs of Manson taken last June at the state prison in Corcoran, California. Photos of inmates are routinely taken when they are transferred to different facilities or in Manson's case, when their appearance changes.
|Manson has his twelfth parole hearing on April 11th|
The latest images of Charlie Manson show the now 77-year-old Manson with long gray hair, a scruffy beard and the faded swastika tattoo on his forehead. It also appears that he may have problems with his eyesight.
In the mug shot of Manson released three years ago he appeared to have close cropped hair and a shorter beard.
|Manson mug shot in 2009|
Manson was convicted of seven counts of first degree murder for a 1969 killing spree in Los Angeles. Five people lost their lives on August 9, at the home of actress Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski, who was in London working on a movie at the time of the murders. Grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary became victims of the "family" the following night.
|Sharon Tate was 26 and eight and a half months pregnant with son Paul when she was murdered|
-( Associated Press )
Slain the night of Aug. 9, 1969, at Polanski's Benedict Canyon house were (from left) Wojciech "Voytek" Frykowski; Tate; Stephen Parent, 18, who had been visiting a friend in the guesthouse and was found slain in his car; famed hairstylist Jay Sebring, 35; and coffee heiress Abigail Folger. The next night, Rosemary and Leno LaBianca were stabbed to death in Los Feliz.
|Leno and Rosemary LaBianca|
Manson was sentenced to death when he was found guilty, however, that sentence was commuted in 1977 to “life in prison with the possibility of parole after a 1972 ruling by the California Supreme Court that determined the state’s death penalty statute at the time was unconstitutional,” according to the California Department of Corrections.
Several "family" members of Manson who took part in the Tate/LaBianca murders have been released from prison in recent years.