April 12, 2012
Denied parole ... Charles Manson. Photo: AFP
Infamous US serial killer Charles Manson has been refused parole, officials say, following the latest automatic review of his sentence after more than 40 years behind bars.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the 77-year-old Manson did not attend his parole review meeting, and would not be eligible for parole again for another 15 years.
"The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) denied parole today to inmate Charles Manson, 77, at a parole suitability hearing at California State Prison-Corcoran in Kings County," said a CDCR statement.
"It was Manson's 12th parole suitability hearing conducted by a BPH panel. He will be considered for another parole review in 15 years. Inmate Manson did not attend his hearing."
A new photograph of Manson, jailed for his role in a series of gruesome murders, was released last week. Dated June 2011, it showed Manson with dishevelled grey hair and a full beard.
He still bears a tattoo of a swastika emblazoned on his forehead.
One of the nation's most notorious inmates, Manson is incarcerated at Corcoran state prison, 300 kilometres northwest of Los Angeles. In 2007, he was denied parole for the 11th time.
Manson headed an apocalyptic cult and hatched a plot to commit murders in upscale, mostly white neighbourhoods of Los Angeles and then blame the crimes on African-Americans, in hopes of sparking a race war.
He was sentenced to death with four of his disciples for having led an August 1969 killing of seven people, including Sharon Tate, the wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. Tate was eight and a half months pregnant.
Death sentences that were handed down for crimes accompanied by acts of barbarism were commuted to life in prison after executions were halted by California in 1972.