Charles Manson, the 82-year-old former cult leader, is reportedly "seriously ill" and being treated in a Bakersfield, California, hospital for an undisclosed medical issue, according to multiple sources.
Los Angeles Times reports that a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would not give specifics about Manson's health issues, but confirmed that he is still alive at this time.
Manson has been serving nine consecutive life sentences at a prison in Central California for masterminding the 1969 murders of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, and five others. Manson and his "family" expected the killing spree to ignite a race war, after which the Manson Family would emerge to lead the survivors. He and his accomplices were arrested and convicted due in large part to the efforts of prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, who passed away in 2015.
Two years ago, Manson made headlines after he got engaged to a 26-year-old fan named Afton Elaine Burton, a.k.a. "Star," but the marriage fell through when he learned that the wedding was just a scheme for Burton to get control of Manson's body after his death.
Manson has been denied parole 12 times since his incarceration in 1979. His next parole hearing is slated for 2027, when Manson would be nearly 100.