Charles Manson Granted Parole
One of the most famous killers in the American prison system will be walking free. On Tuesday Charles Manson, who is now 79 years old, was granted parole by the California Board of Parole and authorized by California Governor Jerry Brown.
Hoax or Fact:
These messages that quickly spread on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites claim that the famous killer Charles Manson under life sentence in American prison has been granted parole and will be released soon. No, it is not a fact!
About Charles Manson
Charles Manson is a 79-year-old California cult leader, who is infamous for leading a murderous spree in 1969. The budding American musician formed what was known as the Manson Family and orchestrated seven murders in Los Angeles, which also included high-profile people like actress Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski. Charles Manson was convicted of the murders in 1971 and was given a life sentence.
Origin of Claim
The claim in question originated from a June 4, 2014 article published in EmpireNews.net, which said that the prison authorities have decided to release Charles Manson and other elderly prisoners - to reduce the overcrowding in prison. More surprisingly, it is also said that many supporters have come out to express joy over the news. However, not many noticed, EmpireNews.net is a self-described satirical and entertainment website. Their about information clearly says they only use 'invented' names in all their stories, except where public figures are being satirized. Manson was in fact denied parole for the 12th time in 2012.
To conclude, the messages saying killer Charles Manson has been granted parole and is set for release are hoax; they originated from a satirical publication. Satirical articles like these are on the rise these days, so it is important that readers check the authenticity of the source before sharing.