by Eden Pecha
Charles Manson, the infamous cult leader responsible for the murder of Sharon Tate and six others, was denied parole again on Wednesday for the 12th and possibly last time. Manson, now 77, did not attend the hearing where the parole board ruled he had shown no efforts to rehabilitate himself and will not be eligible for parole for another 15 years.
Also playing heavily into the board’s decision was something Manson had said recently to one of his prison psychologists that John Peck, a member of the panel that met at Corcoran State Prison in Central California, read aloud.
“‘I’m special. I’m not like the average inmate,”‘ Peck said. “‘I have spent my life in prison. I have put five people in the grave. I am a very dangerous man.””
Authorities read a litany of Manson’s prison infractions, including the latest — the manufacture and possession of a weapon made out of a sharpened pen, for which he is serving 15 months in an isolation unit. He has not completed his GED or taken any self-improvement classes in prison. Manson also received notoriety when he was found to be in possession of a contraband cell phone — twice — the latest in January 2011.
Check out our entry about Brittany Norwood, who was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of her co-worker