Prison releases photo of Charles Manson

March 19, 2009 10:54:09 AM PDT
California corrections officials have released a new photograph of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. Now 74, Manson is bald, but still sports a thick gray beard. The swastika carved into Manson's forehead can also be seen clearly.

The photo was taken Wednesday as part of a routine update of files on inmates at Corcoran State Prison. That's where Manson is serving a life sentence for conspiring to murder seven people.

The cult leader was first sentenced to death for the 1969 murders of movie star Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and three others stabbed and shot to death at Tate's home in Los Angeles. The next night, two other people were stabbed to death at their homes.

Manson's four co-defendants (Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles "Tex" Watson) were convicted with him. Their death sentences were commuted to life when the death penalty was briefly outlawed in America in 1972.

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