Transcript for Notorious cult leader Charles Manson dead at 83
Breaking news Charles Manson the infamous cult leader who led a string of murders in the 1960s. His dad. ABC's Linda Davis is here with the latest details good morning once it good morning to Robin he was sentenced to death 46 years ago. But just months after that sentence California Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional. Prolonging the life of one of the most reviled men in American pop culture. And overnight at 83 years old Charles Manson died of natural causes the would. Wild side Swanson discard mad men who led a family of killers bent on starting a world changing race war inspired by The Beatles song helter skelter. Died at age 83 in a Bakersfield hospital. Is Charlie Manson crazy but whatever let me sure is crazy man as a hatter Charles Manson the evil mastermind behind in 1969 murder spree that took the lives of seven people. The pregnant actress Sharon Tate was the most prominent of the murdered a rising Hollywood star from the movie valley of the dolls. Also killed wealthy supermarket owners Leno and Rosemary labianca. Manson never admitted to ordering the killings an in this interview with Diane Sawyer put the blame on his band of followers. I never told anybody to do anything other than what they wanted to do. And if they wanted to do murder that was a regular business woman I would convict an amount well I'm a rebel. I'm not a Sunday school teacher man since 1970 murder trial was a circuits. He called himself Jesus Christ and was convicted of murder along with four of his followers. He was once called the most dangerous man in America. We reconvene the panel hearing on Charles Manson. Manson spent 46 years behind bars and was denied parole twelve times. His influence from prison no less dangerous his still adoring followers carried out crimes in his name long after his conviction. Including the attempted assassination. Of president Gerald Ford. Five Manson family members remain behind bars he leaves behind a legacy of did. Craved murder if you're gonna do something. Leave something witchy. Destruct or would tell you if you're going to do something. To it well. He leaves something which they decide to let the world know that she was there. The LA DA is association released a statement saying Manson's victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death. And the sister of Manson victim Sharon Tate told ABC news people are saying that there should be some kind of relief. But oddly enough it really isn't she went on to say that she prays for man tinsel. Give thanks for much.
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