The infamous cult leader Charles Manson was taken out of prison and put into a hospital Tuesday with what some sources called a serious illness. What exactly Manson was struggling with wasn’t immediately verified following the hospitalization but TMZ reported he had gastrointestinal issues.
Manson is known for fostering a community of close followers in the 1960s before directing them to conduct the gruesome murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others over two days in August 1969. The family was also connected to the murder of another man over drug conflicts.
Tate, 26, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was 8 ½ months pregnant when she was stabbed to death at her Benedict Canyon, California, home alongside Jay Sebring, 35; Voytek Frykowski, 32; coffee heiress Abigail Folger, 25; and Steven Parent, 18. The next night, three people in the so-called Manson family killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in Los Feliz.
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Leslie Van Houten. Van Houten was the youngest in the Manson family and only met Manson about a year before the murders. She wasn't around for Tate's murder but went to prison for the second night of murders and became notorious for giggling during her trial testimony, effectively ending any chance of public support for her release at the time. After her 21st parole hearing this past spring, when she was pending release after arguing that she was under the influence of LSD at the time of the murders, Van Houten was turned down for release by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Mary Brunner. Brunner was Manson’s first follower and had moved from Wisconsin to California for a job at a Berkley library. After meeting Manson in 1967 and taking him in she quit her job and helped Manson pick up girls to be a part of the family. She wasn’t a part of the Tate or LaBianca murders but was present when members of the family killed their LSD dealer Gary Hinman, who they took hostage after receiving a batch of bad LSD. Brunner smothered Hinman with a pillow as he bled out from a stab wound.
Brunner testified against members of the Manson family but later felt badly about doing so and was arrested while stealing guns with other members of the family as they planned breaking Charles Manson out of prison. She was released from prison in 1977 and later moved to the Midwest, changed her name and has not led a public life since then.
Susan Atkins. Atkins, who stabbed the pregnant Tate in the stomach while saying, “woman, I have no mercy for you,” went to prison for the rest of her life after being convicted of eight murders. Atkins made her last attempt at parole in 2009 and died less than a month later from brain cancer at the age of 61.
Linda Kasabian. This Manson follower later called Manson the “devil, not this wonderful man that I was led to believe,” while acting as one of the key witnesses for the prosecution in the murder trials. Kasabian didn’t participate in the murders and instead acted as a lookout on both nights of the 1969 murders. The prosecution later said they did not think that they would have been able to convict the Manson family of the murders without Kasabian. After the trials she fled to New Hampshire before going into hiding. She was eventually found in 2009 by a TV crew somewhere in the west.
Patricia Krenwinkel. Krenwinkel joined the Manson family in 1967 and later became infamous for laughing as she entered the courtroom alongside Atkins and Van Houten. Krenwinkel was involved in both the Tate and LaBianca murders. She was denied parole in 2011 and wouldn’t be eligible again until 2018.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. Fromme was the final high-profile member of the Manson family but she didn’t participate in any murders with the group. She later went on to serve prison tine after a 1975 attempt at President Gerald Ford’s life, which was thwarted basically as soon as she pulled her gun. She was sentenced to life in prison but was released in 2009.