Manson and members of his outcast "family" of followers were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate - who was eight months pregnant - and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area in August 1969. The next night, the group killed supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.
Manson was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of Tate, the La Biancas, and four other people at the Tate residence - coffee heiress Abigail Ann Folger, photographer Wojciech Frykowski, hairdresser Jay Sebring and Steven Earl Parent, shot and killed in his vehicle on his way to visit an acquaintance who lived in a separate rented guest house on the Tate property.
But before his sentence could be carried out, California banned the death penalty and Manson instead spent the rest of his days behind bars.
The victims were stabbed, hanged and shot.
And while there's going to be that fringe element that gains great satisfaction from a macabre tribute to the convicted murderer, it became clear that folks were mistaking Charles Manson for the singer Marilyn Manson. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles' song.
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Susan Atkins died of cancer behind bars in 2009, while Krenwinkel, Watson and Van Houten are still in prison.
At the time of Charles Manson's trial, she camped outside the court with other followers.
Music teacher Gary Hinman was also killed in 1969 by Manson followers Bruce Davis and Bobby Beausoleil, while Davis also murdered stuntman and ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea.
One of the most notorious criminal figures in the last century, Charles Manson, has died in hospital of natural causes.
Manson was not present but had ordered the killings. While doing press for his movie The Infiltrator past year, the actor described the encounter in more detail to The Daily Beast.