Notorious murderer and cult leader Charles Manson has died of natural causes in prison. He was aged 83.

His death was announced by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Manson, who had tried to become a musician before turning to crime, had become infamous as the leader of the Manson Family, a band of young murderers in California.

He was convicted for nine murders, with his most popular victim being actress Sharon Tate, wife of film director Roman Polanski. She was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she was killed.

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Manson himself was not present at the murder, but they were done at his orders.

Manson was a self-professed racist, and believed black people would kill all white people in a race war he called “Helter Skelter.”

The murders of Tate and others, who were killed in a brutal combination of shooting, stabbing, beating and hanging, was planned to make it look like it was the work of black people.

The murder was finally solved after Susan Atkins, a member of Manson’s Family, had bragged about the crimes to cellmates while in prison for an unrelated charge.

His life in prison was not comfortable as he was often targeted by other inmates. His numerous applications for parole were also denied on multiple occasions.