first_imgCORCORAN, Calif. — A California prison panel denied parole Wednesday to mass murderer Charles Manson in his 12th and possibly final bid for freedom.Manson, now a gray-bearded 77-year-old, did not attend the hearing.He orchestrated a series of gruesome murders on consecutive nights in Los Angeles more than 40 years ago. His trial with three women acolytes was an international spectacle.Manson and his followers were convicted in the 1969 slaying of actress Sharon Tate and four others.“I’m done with him,” Debra Tate, the sister of the actress, said after the hearing.For four decades, Debra Tate has traveled to whatever rural California prison has held the notorious cult leader and his band of murderous followers for hearings she said are too numerous to count. “I’ve tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose,” the 59-year-old Tate, who was 17 in August 1969, when Manson sent his minions across L.A. on two nights of terror, said Tuesday. “I’ve been doing it for Sharon and the other victims of him for the last 40 years.” The board ruled that Manson had shown no efforts to rehabilitate himself.“This panel can find nothing good as far as suitability factors go,” said John Peck, a member of the panel.The parole hearing at Corcoran State Prison in Central California, Manson’s 12th, could be the last one for the aging mass murderer. Under current law, inmates can be denied the chance to reapply for parole for up to 15 years. The latest rejection could make Manson 92 before he would get another opportunity to make his case. “At his age, I think he doesn’t care,” Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira has said. “He would be lost if he got out. He’s completely institutionalized.”last_img

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