Charles Manson, the leader of the murderous Manson Family cult of the 1960s, died Sunday of natural causes at the age of 83.
Manson died at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday at a Kern County hospital, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
He served nine life sentences in California prisons for orchestrating the murders of seven people in August 1969, including actress Sharon Tate. Although Manson ordered the killings, he did not commit any of them himself.
Manson and his followers created a circus-like atmosphere during their trial, often singing and giggling, launching into angry outbursts and even carving X’s in their foreheads.
Manson was originally sentenced to death, but the death penalty was briefly abolished in California and his concurrent sentences were commuted to life in prison.