Notorious death cult leader Charles Manson has died behind bars at the age of 83.
The twisted killer, who was serving a life sentence for the murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others, died of natural causes on Sunday night, authorities confirmed.
Manson became infamous as the leader of the “Manson Family” cult in the 1960s, directing his twisted followers to carry out a string of brutal killings with the aim of sparking a race war.
But his sick plot failed after he and several of his disciples were caught and jailed in 1971.
Manson told a pal over the phone he was in good health just days ago, The Sun revealed.
But reports surfaced last week he was “on his deathbed” after being rushed to hospital from prison.
Prison officials say it's "undetermined" what will happen with the evil guru’s body.
State law says it's up to the department to decide how to dispose of the remains if no relative or legal representative comes forward in 10 days.
Manson began to build his cult in 1967 when he started gathering his small group of young, largely female devotees – mainly from broken middle-class homes.
|Pregnant film star Sharon Tate was slaughtered by Manson's twisted followers|
He ordered four of his followers – Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles ‘Tex’ Watson – to the Beverly Hills address of movie actress Sharon Tate with the instruction to kill everyone inside.
Less than 24 hours later, the gang tortured, murdered and mutilated wealthy LA couple Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.
They used their blood to write "Rise," "Death to Pigs," and "Helter Skelter," a reference to the Beatles song, on the walls and refrigerator door.
Manson and his accomplices were all sent down for the murders, apart from Kasabian who testified against them and played no direct part in the killings.
Manson was originally sentenced to death but was spared execution and his sentence was converted to life in prison after the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in that state.
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