Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times

Mass murderer Charles Manson has been taken from a Central Valley prison to a hospital for an undisclosed medical issue, two sources familiar with the situation said.

One of the sources said Manson was seriously ill but could not provide specific information.

The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) Charles Manson, the cult leader whose followers committed heinous murders that shocked the nation almost a half century ago, has been hospitalized, the Los Angeles Times and TMZ reported on Tuesday.

Lt. Stephen Babb, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told CNN the department cannot provide information on Manson, 82, due to privacy laws on health information.

Manson, who is incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison in central California, was taken to a hospital in Bakersfield, TMZ said.

Muriel Pearson and Lauren Effron, ABC News

Lyle Menendez has spent the past 27 years in prison, where he is expected to remain for the rest of his life. But in many ways he feels happier there, "more at peace," he said, than on the outside.

"It’s shocking to think … that I could have been involved in taking anyone’s life -- and my parents’ life… it seems unimaginable because it seems so far removed from who I am," Menendez told ABC News during a recent phone interview from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California.

Muriel Pearson and Alexa Valiente, ABC News

Lyle and Erik Menendez shot and killed their parents, Jose Menendez, a wealthy entertainment executive, and Kitty Menendez in 1989. At the time, Lyle was 21, and Erik was 18.

But before the murders, Erik Menendez wrote a screenplay called “Friends” about a rich, young man who killed his parents for the inheritance money.

Craig Cignarelli, Erik's friend and classmate at Calabasas High School, in Calabasas, California, said they wrote "Friends" together.

“I remember talking about the opening scene, in just the idea of, ‘We need to establish a crime. We need to have the protagonist gain an inheritance so he can actually fulfill his dream of creating this hunting ground for humans,’” Cignarelli told ABC News.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Dana Littlefield, The San Diego Union Tribune

For the second time since her double-murder conviction, former San Diego socialite Elizabeth “Betty” Broderick will appear Wednesday before a parole board after spending decades in prison.

Broderick, who is now 69, was convicted of second-degree murder for the 1989 shooting deaths of her ex-husband, medical malpractice lawyer Daniel Broderick, 44, and his wife, Linda Kolkena Broderick, 28.

OPINION

Debra Tate, Los Angeles Times

My sister, actress Sharon Tate, was murdered on Aug. 9, 1969. Sharon was eight months pregnant. Patricia Krenwinkel and other followers of Charles Manson broke into her home and killed everyone there in a horribly brutal manner. The next night, the Manson “family” again chose another home at random and murdered its occupants, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

In a two-night killing spree Krenwinkel was personally responsible for butchering three individuals. She mutilated one of her victims with a fork and carved the word “war” into his stomach. She wrote words all over the LaBianca house with blood. She admits she wasn’t on drugs. She claims she wanted to ignite a race war — “Helter Skelter” — that she would ride out, living in a hole in the middle of the earth.