One of the most notorious living serial killers alive today is 83-year-old Charles Manson. After a troubled start in life, which saw him imprisoned for a string of petty offenses, he moved to San Francisco and founded the twisted Manson Family in 1967.

The family was a cult based on Manson’s perverted interpretation of Christian philosophy, and he convinced his followers that he was the second coming of Christ. They went on to commit a series of brutal murders in the summer of 1969.

Why? Manson had become obsessed with the Beatles’ song ‘Helter Skelter’. He believed that it was a coded message about an upcoming race war between white people and black people.

Mason preached that “the black man” would rise up and start killing members of the “white establishment” and turn the cities into an inferno of racial revenge. He believed black people would win this war, but would relinquish the power to his cult as a result of “innate inferiority”.

Pictured below are three of his female followers.

The family lived on an abandoned movie set in California, and the predominately female group survived by stealing and trading sex. However, that fateful summer, he ordered them to kill prominent wealthy individuals.

The Manson Family went on to kill seven people including heavily pregnant actress Sharon Tate, pictured below. Manson reportedly told them to do this because of injustices her perceived in society and ‘Helter Skelter’.

The Manson Family were arrested soon after the murders took place, and he and four of his followers were sentenced to death in 1971. The death penalty was then briefly outlawed in California, and they were given life sentences instead.

The Manson Family trail was one of the most well-publicized in history, and people were fascinated by the fact that Manson had not personally carried out any of the murders. At one point, he was the most written to prisoner in the United States.

Now an anonymous source has claimed that Manson is dying in a California hospital.