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Charles Manson photos: New images of killer released before parole hearing

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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Charles Manson in June 2011 (California Dept. of Corrections)

Charles Manson has a parole hearing next week, and at the request of CNN, the Calif. Dept. of Corrections has released two photos of the notorious 77-year-old murderer.

The network published the nearly-identical photostaken at the state prison in Corcoran in Junelate on Wednesday. Before that, the most recent known photo of Manson was from three years ago.

As CNN pointed out, photos of prisoners are taken "when they are transferred to other prisons or medical facilities or, in the case of Manson, when an inmate's appearance changes."

In the photos, Manson appears with long white hair, beard and the infamous swastika on his forehead.

Manson's parole hearing is scheduled for April 11. He has been denied parole 11 times since being sentenced to death for the murder of actress Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and four others.

In 1971, Manson was found guilty of ordering the killings. Manson's death sentence was changed to life in prison in 1972, when California's death penalty was overturned.

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