Charles Manson is unlikely to appear today at what could be the last parole hearing for the aging former leader of a murderous cult that horrified the nation 43 years ago with a two-night killing rampage in Los Angeles.
Under current California law, Manson, who is now gray-bearded and 77 years old, can’t request a parole hearing for up to 15 years if he is turned down for the 12th time, the Associated Press reports.
Debra Tate, whose sister, actress Sharon Tate, was among seven victims of the killing spree in August 1969, hopes it will be the last time she has to appear before a parole panel to argue that Manson should not be freed.
“I’ve tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose,” Tate tells the Associated Press. “I’ve been doing it for Sharon and the other victims of him for the last 40 years.