Convicted mass murderer Charles Manson has left prison in California to be treated in a local hospital.
Reports from anonymous sources confirmed the 82-year-old, who led a group of his followers in multiple slayings in 1969, was receiving medical treatment, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But the source cited by the Times refused to say where Manson was. He had been serving his nine life sentences in Corcoran State Prison.
“We do not disclose inmate movements for safety and security reasons,” they told the Times.
Another source described Manson’s medical condition as seriously ill.
TMZ, also citing an anonymous source, reported that the hospital was in Bakersfield. The source added that Manson had been rushed to the ER due to gastrointestinal problems.
The Times’ source did confirm, “He is alive.”
Another spokeswoman who talked to the New York Daily News refused to speculate on the type of treatment Manson may be obtaining.
“It does happen that sometimes inmates are treated at local hospitals,” Krisi Khokhobashvili told the Daily News.
Manson was convicted of leading a group of followers in two nights of violence in 1969, which became known as the Manson family murders. One of their nine victims was Sharon Tate, the wife of film director Roman Polanski, who was not at home when the attack occurred.
Manson wanted to initiate a race war with the killings, and argued such a scenario had been prophesied in a Beatles song, “Helter Skelter.”
Manson has been denied parole 12 times and his next hearing is scheduled for 2027, when he will be 92.
Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted for involvement in the second night of killings, was recommended to be released last year, but parole was blocked by California Gov. Jerry Brown. Others who collaborated with Manson have also been denied parole.
Sources: Los Angeles Times, TMZ, New York Daily News/ photo credit: Mason Direct Local Hospital