Serial killer Charles Manson dies at 83

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Charles Manson led his followers to terrorize Los Angeles in a 1969 killing spree, then spent the rest of his life behind bars. He died Sunday at 83. (AP Photos/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Charles Manson, the notorious criminal who was held responsible for some of the most gruesome and brutal murders in California's history, has died at age 83.

He was recently hospitalized in January for an intestinal lesion and returned to prison.
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Manson and his followers, known as "The Manson Family" were convicted of two sets of infamous, grisly Los Angeles murders.

The group was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. But all were spared execution when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling temporarily banned the death penalty in 1972.

Manson had been denied parole 12 times between November 16, 1978, and April 11, 2012.

Manson died of natural causes Sunday at a Kern County hospital, according to the California Department of Corrections.

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