In photos: Charles Manson's four decades in prison

Charles Manson has died at the age of 83
This was taken in 1969
Taken in 1996
This photo was taken in 2002
Seen here in 2006
Charles Manson in 2009
This photo was taken in 2011

Scroll through the gallery to see photos of him in prison

Monday, November 20, 2017

Serial killer Charles Manson has died at the age of 83 after spending the last 46 years in prison.

During that time a series of photos have been drip-fed into the public eye, giving a snapshot of the Helter Skelter madman's chilling personality.

Manson, lest we forget, was jailed in 1969 for forcing a series of deluded middle-class dropouts, whom he had brainwashed, to commit a total of seven murders, including that of actress Sharon Tate.

The cultish gang became known as the Manson Family, living on isolated ranches and taking drugs. Manson teased and manipulated them, inculcating his bizarre theory of an apocalpytic race war and pushing them to commit the ultimate crime.

His pet theory - called Helter Skelter - drew on biblical verses and Beatles songs to paint a picture of a looming conflict between blacks and whites, and urge his acolytes to take advantage. He hoped to one day run America.

Instead he was sentenced to death for the gang's string of murders, before the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after death penalty was taken off the table in California in the 1970s.

He spent the rest of his life behind bars, but stories continued to dribble out of the slammer about his infractions, petty eruptions of impotent rage from a man who could no longer wreak havoc on a grand scale.

These photos provide a visual record of Manson's final years. Take a look by clicking on the gallery above.