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Manson Moved To Tougher Jail After Reportedly Caught Dealing

Fri., Aug. 22, 1997, midnight

Mass murderer Charles Manson has been moved to California’s toughest prison after authorities said they caught him dealing drugs.

Manson, who was convicted in 1971 of seven murders, including that of actress Sharon Tate, was transported Tuesday from Corcoran State Prison to Pelican Bay State Prison.

Manson is being placed in Pelican Bay’s segregated Security Housing Unit, severely limiting his access to other inmates. He will be allowed out of his cell only for treatment sessions and for showers and solitary exercise, and will not have a cellmate, said Lt. Domingo Uribe, a prison spokesman.

In June, a prison disciplinary committee found the 63-year-old convict guilty of trafficking in drugs. He also tested positive for drugs twice, state corrections officials said.

Manson was initially sentenced to death for masterminding the 1969 murders of Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and five others during two nights of terror in Los Angeles. The sentence was reduced to life imprisonment in 1977.

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