The Manson murders - 40 years later

Forty years ago on Aug. 8, from his ranch in the San Fernando Valley, Charles Manson dispatched a band of devoted fanatics on a high-profile killing spree that shocked the world and terrified Angelenos, who never left their doors and windows unlocked again. Full Story
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Jay

Sylmar, CA

#1 Aug 8, 2009
Why hasn't this guy been executed yet??? We, taxpayers, have been paying with our tax money to keep this scum*** alive for 40 years. Is this gonna go on and on until he becomes senile and dies of natural causes????

Same goes with Sirhan Sirhan.
big deal

Bangkok, Thailand

#2 Aug 8, 2009
Jay wrote:
Why hasn't this guy been executed yet??? We, taxpayers, have been paying with our tax money to keep this scum*** alive for 40 years. Is this gonna go on and on until he becomes senile and dies of natural causes????
Same goes with Sirhan Sirhan.
And you wonder why your taxes are so high,the state is broke?Cheer up your taxes are going higher.
Jacques

Glendale, CA

#3 Aug 8, 2009
I voted no/ Why the system waited 40 years to execute him? He has costed thousand of dollars to tax payers; why would you kill this man now,when he has only few more years to live?

The system doesn't and will never know how to punish a criminal! Its either too much or not enough. This man should have died 40 years ago. How many inmates are in death row? 10? 20? 40?.... Killing Manson is like a second punishment.
Claude

Amen, France

#4 Aug 8, 2009
Sharon Tate was so beautiful.
Jacques

Glendale, CA

#5 Aug 8, 2009
Claude wrote:
Sharon Tate was so beautiful.
Yes she was ! Amen back to you!
Norman Moore

Studio City, CA

#6 Aug 8, 2009
Jay wrote:
Why hasn't this guy been executed yet??? We, taxpayers, have been paying with our tax money to keep this scum*** alive for 40 years. Is this gonna go on and on until he becomes senile and dies of natural causes????
Same goes with Sirhan Sirhan.
He has not been executed because in 1972, the California Supreme Court found that the death penalty constituted cruel and unusual punishment under the state constitution. As a result, 107 individuals had their sentences changed to other than death. In November 1972, nine months after the decision, the California electorate amended the state constitution and overruled the State Supreme Court.

Subsequent California and Federal Supreme Court Decisions have flopped back and forth, however once the sentence has been reduced to other than death it can never be changes so each time it was thrown out another bunch got reduced sentences.

“bamboo forest and an iced tea”

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#8 Aug 8, 2009
one word ... rose bird!!! LOL

“Be the change you want to see!”

Since: Dec 08

Rio Rancho, NM

#9 Aug 8, 2009
Fascinating......
Rickman

AOL

#10 Aug 8, 2009
Jacques wrote:
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Yes she was ! Amen back to you!
I'll second that. In fact, she was about the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on!
Rickman

AOL

#11 Aug 8, 2009
sue

Pico Rivera, CA

#12 Aug 8, 2009
the dam democratcracks would never let that happen.the dam liberals hate the death penalty if its for one of their own.giving the death penalty for a unborn baby is ok in the eyes of Obama communist pig.thats all i have to say. Obama and Mason two of a kind.
Jacques

Glendale, CA

#13 Aug 8, 2009
sue wrote:
the dam democratcracks would never let that happen.the dam liberals hate the death penalty if its for one of their own.giving the death penalty for a unborn baby is ok in the eyes of Obama communist pig.thats all i have to say. Obama and Mason two of a kind.
Sue: What have you smog last night? What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Easy on the President woman! Look what he did in six months? Better then you and me ! Go back to sleep for few hours and come back and tell us what was your dream...!
George W Bush

United States

#14 Aug 8, 2009
Jay wrote:
Why hasn't this guy been executed yet??? We, taxpayers, have been paying with our tax money to keep this scum*** alive for 40 years. Is this gonna go on and on until he becomes senile and dies of natural causes????
Same goes with Sirhan Sirhan.
same goes for congress
Idaho

United States

#15 Aug 8, 2009
manson.....a wait of space
Just My Opinion

Palmdale, CA

#16 Aug 8, 2009
Having study this subject matter, the system failed Charles Mason, period. Read the book called, Sleeping in the playtime of others. His story of his beginning and when he was released from prision what he told the parole board. This will give you some prespective on how the system/or society for that matter failed him. You must be able to understand what he a young lad at 6yrs had to endure. Does this excuse his action, no. Nevertheless, our system must learn for this, and find ways to prevent such an act. I don't understand why this story is being printed. Lives where lost, and we don't need to relive this nightmare, but we do need to understand how this nightmare began.
David

San Diego, CA

#17 Aug 8, 2009
Poor Charlie, failed by the system. It worked wonderfully for Tate and the others. Why is life so unfair?
Elizabeth

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Aug 8, 2009
I think that Charles Mason got off easy with a life sentence. He should have been exicuted long ago . Instead of hard working taxpayers taking care of him for the last 40years.he will rot in Hell....
I do have sympathy for Susan Akins. I really think she deserves to go home to her family and die in peace, She paid for her crimes and with her medical condition who will she harm... She comes up for parole again on September 2nd and i hope that someone at the hearing will be sympathetic enough to say Send her home..
just me

Covina, CA

#22 Aug 8, 2009
Elizabeth wrote:
I think that Charles Mason got off easy with a life sentence. He should have been exicuted long ago . Instead of hard working taxpayers taking care of him for the last 40years.he will rot in Hell....
I do have sympathy for Susan Akins. I really think she deserves to go home to her family and die in peace, She paid for her crimes and with her medical condition who will she harm... She comes up for parole again on September 2nd and i hope that someone at the hearing will be sympathetic enough to say Send her home..
Why have sympathy for Susan? She too was given the death penalty and has not been executed. I think that is sympathy enough. Keep her in jail and light candels for those she helped kill.
Cesar Hechler

Costa Mesa, CA

#24 Aug 8, 2009
Maybe Manson wasn't executed because the illiterate people posting in this comments section were on the jury. I agree with the sentiment though. He is a WASTE of space and it's a shame the touchy-feely, new-ager, ganja-guru followers messed up the laws conveniently at a time when one of humanity's worst examples came down the pike. Manson should have fried the day after his sentencing. He ranks among the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden and maybe even Joe Jackson.
KHJ

AOL

#25 Aug 8, 2009
Cesar Hechler wrote:
Maybe Manson wasn't executed because the illiterate people posting in this comments section were on the jury. I agree with the sentiment though. He is a WASTE of space and it's a shame the touchy-feely, new-ager, ganja-guru followers messed up the laws conveniently at a time when one of humanity's worst examples came down the pike. Manson should have fried the day after his sentencing. He ranks among the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden and maybe even Joe Jackson.
It's doubtful everyone here is over 60, much less were part of the jury. In any case, althought I was only a child then, I do remember the crimes, and lived only a stones throw away from Spahn ranch, so it is burned in my memory. Fact is, Bugliosi won the trial, and each and everyone of them were sentenced to death. Unfortunately, by 1972 California abolished the death penalty, and all were instead given life, with the possiblity of parole.

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