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New photo of Manson released

Thu., March 19, 2009, midnight

California corrections officials released a photograph taken Wednesday of aging convicted mass murderer Charles Manson that shows him with a receding hairline, a fading forehead Swastika carving and a thick, graying beard.

The photograph of the 74-year-old cult leader was taken at the California State Prison, Corcoran, as part of a periodic update of inmate images, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

August marks the 40th anniversary of the killings for which Manson is serving a life sentence at Corcoran. He and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969. Prosecutors said Manson and his followers were trying to incite a race war that he believed was prophesied in the Beatles song “Helter Skelter.”

Manson has made 11 failed bids for parole since 1978. His next parole hearing is scheduled for 2012.


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