Most folks aren't exactly shedding tears over notorious murder mastermind Charles Manson's death, but the sister of victim Sharon Tate said that she prayed for him upon hearing the news.
"This could be the end of an era or just the beginning," said Debra Tate, who received a call from prison sharing the news, according to Daily Mail. "I said a prayer for his soul."
Manson died of natural causes at the age of 83 at a California hospital. He passed away on the evening of Nov. 19 after spending 48 years of his life in prison for convincing his followers -- "the family," as he called them -- to kill seven people over the course of two days in the hopes that African Americans would be blamed for the murders, inciting a race war.
The actress Sharon Tate, Manson's most famous victim, was nearly nine months pregnant with director Roman Polanski's child at the time. Manson's followers stabbed her to death.
Debra said that she has fought to make sure that Manson and his cult followers -- Tex Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten and the deceased Susan Atkins -- stayed behind bars for the remainder of their days, notes People. Manson was serving nine consecutive life sentences when he died.
"These are sociopaths," she told People. "They're no less violent today than they were then … Each one of these people and myself now have our spirits or our wills are slightly entangled."
When Atkins -- who tasted Sharon's blood and wrote "Pig" on the wall with it -- died in 2009, Debra said she prayed for her as well.
"My cross in my bedroom still has the flowers that I slipped into Jesus's feet when Susan died," she said at the time. "I cried a tear and I asked for forgiveness on her soul. I'll do the same thing when Charlie dies."
Manson was treated for intestinal bleeding in January, notes TMZ. Medical staff considered operating on him, but they decided it was not worth the risks.
Five police officers in uniform escorted him back to the hospital before his death. He was reportedly pale-faced and covered in blankets as he was wheeled in.
"It's just a matter of time," a source told TMZ at the time.
Throughout Manson's time in prison, officials reportedly wrote him up more than 100 times for infractions, including assault and making voodoo dolls of people he knew, notes Daily Mail.
He never expressed remorse for his crimes.
"Maybe I should have killed 500 people, I would have felt I really offered society something," he said upon his sentencing.
Upon news of his death, officials have asked that he not be romanticized.
"Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values," Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles, said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Today, Manson's victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death."
Sources: Daily Mail, TMZ, People, Los Angeles Times / Featured Image: Max Pixel / Embedded Images: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Wikimedia Commons, State of California, San Quentin Prison/Wikimedia Commons