Charles Manson: Cult leader behind seven deaths, dies
Manson was the mastermind behind the murder of actress Sharon Tate and six others.
Cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers killed actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died.
The 83-year-old died of natural causes on Sunday night, according to the California Department of Corrections.
The killings occurred on successive August nights, terrorising the city of Los Angeles.
Tate, who was nearly nine months pregnant, was found stabbed repeatedly in her Hollywood mansion, along with several of her friends. Other victims included coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring.
The next night a wealthy couple were killed in a similar fashion.
Investigators learned Manson sent a group of disaffected young followers to commit murder as part of a quasi-religious belief that it would launch a race war.
The gory slayings horrified the world and revealed a violent underbelly of a counterculture that preached peace and love.