Serial killer and cult leader Charles Manson was taken from his California prison cell to a hospital yesterday evening, the Los Angeles Times and TMZ reported.
Manson was taken from the Corcoran State Prison to a hospital in Bakersfield, about an hour away, where he went to the emergency room for serious gastrointestinal issues, according to TMZ.
He is reportedly alive.
Manson was imprisoned for conspiring with his cult followers to commit seven murders in the summer of 1969, including the killing of the pregnant actress Sharon Tate—all of which were realized by other members of the so-called Manson Family over the course of two nights. Manson’s hope was that the murders would start an apocalyptic race war based on an unusual interpretation of the Beatles’ song “Helter Skelter.”
Tate’s sister Debra Tate told the AP that she has “no ill wishes” for Manson or the other people who killed her sister.
"I would probably say a prayer for them and shed a tear and ask God to have mercy on their souls, but so far I haven't allowed myself to feel anything because it's unsubstantiated," Tate said. "I'm not allowing myself to feel anything until I know that it's true."
Manson was originally given the death penalty until capital punishment was abolished in California in 1972.