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Charles Manson Reportedly Near Death (Photos)

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One of America's most famous prisoners is reportedly near death.

Charles Manson, 83, who is serving a life sentence, was rushed to the hospital on Nov. 13 for emergency medical treatment, reports Daily Mail.

An inmate at Corcoran State Prison in California, Manson was taken to a hospital in Bakersfield, where he looks "ashen" and it's "just a matter of time" before he dies, according to an anonymous source cited by TMZ. 

The celebrity gossip site notes that Manson had serious health issues back in January as well, when he was hospitalized for intestinal bleeding but refused treatment.

Manson was convicted of masterminding the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders, in which members of his cult were found guilty of killing Hollywood actress Sharon Tate, her hair stylist Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Folger's boyfriend Wojciech Frykowski, teenager Steven Parent, and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were murdered the following night.

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Manson and his followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle, Leslie Van Houten and Charles "Tex" Watson were convicted of the crimes and initially sentenced to death, but their sentences were reduced to life in prison when the death penalty was outlawed in California.

The story of Manson and his cult was first told in Ed Sanders' book "The Family: The Story of Charles Manson's Dune Buggy Attack Battalion." Sanders reported on the murder trial for the Los Angeles Free Press.

Sanders has the largest collection of Manson memorabilia in the world, according to The Ed Sanders Archive, which is administered by Granary Books.

Manson, who has been repeatedly denied parole, has reportedly been anything but a model prisoner.

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His infractions while behind bars include charges of assault, throwing hot coffee on a guard, spitting in a guard's face, possession of marijuana and LSD, hiding a saw blade in the sole of a shoe, and more than 100 other violations.

He has also spent a lot of time making "voodoo dolls" in the image of real people and sticking needles in them with the intention of injuring that person. 

Manson was also a target of violence himself; in one 1984 incident reported by The New York Times, an inmate poured paint thinner on Manson and set him ablaze.

The recipient of voluminous fan mail, Manson even got engaged to one of his admirers, but the marriage was called off after reports surfaced that his fiancee, 29-year-old Afton "Star" Burton, planned to profit from showing Manson's corpse after his death.

Sources: Daily Mail, TMZ, Granary Books, The New York Times / Featured Image: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Granary BooksPolaris via Daily Mail

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