CORCORON, Calif. — Charles Manson, the mastermind of one of the most gruesome, ritualistic murder sprees in U.S. history, was charged with violating prison rules after guards found a smuggled cell phone in his California prison cell.
Corcoran State Prison officials said the Jan. 6 discovery is the second time in two years Manson was found in possession of a cell phone.
In March 2009, Manson reached out and touched someone in California, New Jersey and Florida with an LG electronic flip phone. Guards later found the phone under his prison bunk.
Prison spokeswoman, Terry Thornton, told the Los Angeles Times that it was not known if Manson had used the phone for criminal purposes.
Thornton would not reveal how Manson got the phone or who he called, if anyone, saying the case was under investigation.
The 76-year-old mad man was charged with violating prison rules, in California it is not a crime for an inmate to be in possession of a cell phone.
Prison officials said, thirty days was added to Charlie’s sentence for the first offense.
Manson, who was originally condemned to die, had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment in 1972 when California temporarily eliminated the state’s death penalty.
In 1969 Manson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the ritualistic Tate/LaBianca murders. Manson’s followers, acting on orders from Charlie himself, drove to Cielo Drive in Los Angeles and murdered “Valley of the Dolls” actress Sharon Tate and six others on August 8, 1969.
In 2012 Manson is eligible to reapply for parole.Tags: cell phone, Charlie Manson, Corcoron, Offbeat, prison