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Cult leader Manson denied parole

A California prison panel has denied parole to mass murderer Charles Manson in his 12th bid for freedom.

Manson, now a grey-bearded 77-year-old, did not attend the hearing.

Manson has not appeared at a parole hearing since 1997. His most recent hearing was in 2007.

He orchestrated a series of gruesome murders on consecutive nights in Los Angeles 40 years ago. His trial with three women acolytes was an international spectacle.

Manson and his followers were convicted in the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate and four others.

"I'm done with him," Debra Tate, the sister of the actress, said after the hearing.

For four decades, Debra Tate has travelled to whatever rural California prison has held the notorious cult leader and his band of murderous followers for hearings she said are too numerous to count.

"I've tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose," the 59-year-old Ms Tate, who was 17 in August 1969, when Manson sent his minions across LA on two nights of terror, said.

"I've been doing it for Sharon and the other victims of him for the last 40 years."

The board ruled that Manson had shown no efforts to rehabilitate himself.

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