UPDATE: Parole denied.
By even bothering it suggests the actions of a mass murderer aren’t so bad. Originally he and his minions were sentenced to death. Then California, in a moment of holding onto the crack pipe a little too long, abolished the death penalty, reversing all those sentences to life in prison. But why “with parole?” Well, we then brought the death penalty back but no one who slithered out of it went back in. Like the Manson Family. In the meantime one of the killer women has died of cancer, and the others regularly come up for parole putting the victims families through pain over and over again. It’s also a waste of money. Now it’s Charlie’s turn.
Oh, his lawyer says Manson “doesn’t need” incarceration any more.” Obviously a man who needs a reminder that prison isn’t an old age/ hospital home, it’s for punishment.
The 12th parole hearing for mass murderer Charles Manson was set to get underway Wednesday morning at a Central California prison, though it’s unlikely he will attend.
Manson informed prison officials last week that he would not attend the hearing. In the past, he’s dismissed the event, saying he’s a “political prisoner.” The last time he attended a parole hearing was 1997.
The board was supposed to begin its work in the next hour or so, reviewing psychological reports, statements of victims and other materials. A decision is expected by late Wednesday afternoon.
Even if Manson doesn’t attend, he will be represented by a lawyer. Attorney DeJon R. Lewis said he would like to see Manson transferred to Atascadero State Hospital from the state prison near Corcoran. “Charles Manson does not need incarceration at this point in his life,” Lewis told CNN. “He needs hospitalization.”
Oh freaking brother.
And speaking of pain for the families as this goes on and on…
Debra Tate hopes that Wednesday is the last time she has to walk into a prison holding Charles Manson and argue in front of a parole board panel that he should not be freed.
For four decades, the sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate has traveled to whatever rural California prison has held the notorious cult leader and his band of murderous followers for hearings she says are too numerous to count.
“I’ve tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose,” says the 59-year-old Tate, who was 17 in August 1969, when Manson sent his minions across Los Angeles on two nights of terror. “I’ve been doing it for Sharon and the other victims of him for the last 40 years.”