Infamous cult leader and convicted mass murderer Charles Manson remained hospitalized in Bakersfield Wednesday with a sigmoid lesion and lower gastrointestinal bleeding, a source told The Californian.
Manson, 82, was brought to Bakersfield from Corcoran State Prison before dawn Monday morning with the ailments, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity.
A sigmoid lesion is a benign or malignant lesion on the sigmoid colon, which is part of the large intestine.
Manson arrived at Mercy Hospital's Truxtun Avenue facility via the ER and was signed in as “John Doe,” the source said.
Officials at the downtown hospital — where Manson is still believed to be staying — and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said they could not discuss whether Manson had been taken to Bakersfield, or any medical complications they might be treating, due to privacy laws.
Two CDCR vans were parked early Wednesday outside the hospital, ABC News reported.
This is not the first time Manson has been treated locally, according to reports. An unnamed corrections department official told the New York Post that Manson was taken to a hospital off prison grounds months ago.
“He’s been getting treatment at that hospital for a while. I was told months ago they removed him from the prison for an undisclosed illness,” the official told the Post on Wednesday.
San Joaquin Community Hospital, which in the past has treated state prison inmates, issued a news release Wednesday titled "Charles Manson Not at Our Hospital."
The release said certain hospital and CDCR regulations must be followed whenever an inmate is admitted for treatment: the prisoner must be accompanied by two or more armed guards; inmates must wear prison-issued clothing and be handcuffed and shackled; and the inmate must be admitted to the hospital's special lockdown unit, equipped with extra safety measures and staffed by CDCR officers.
"Inmate patients are not permitted in regular patient rooms," the release said.
California Correctional Health Care Services officials said CDCR has taken prisoners to the following Bakersfield hospitals for treatment in the past year: Bakersfield Heart Hospital; Bakersfield Memorial Hospital; and Kern Medical Center, as well as Mercy and San Joaquin.
Debra Tate, sister of Manson victim Sharon Tate, told The Associated Press on Tuesday she has "no ill wishes" toward the people who killed her sister. She said she will withhold expressing her feelings until she hears Manson has died.
"I would probably say a prayer for them and shed a tear and ask God to have mercy on their souls, but so far I haven't allowed myself to feel anything because it's unsubstantiated," Tate told The AP. "I'm not allowing myself to feel anything until I know that it's true."
Manson orchestrated the killings of actress Sharon Tate, 8 1/2-months pregnant at the time, and four others at Tate's home on Aug. 9, 1969. His followers then killed grocers Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the following night.
Manson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkle, Susan Atkins and Charles Tex Watkins were each convicted of multiple counts of murder and sentenced to death. Those sentences were later changed to life terms in prison following a California Supreme Court ruling in 1972 that found the death penalty unconstitutional.
Atkins died in prison in 2009 at the age of 61 after suffering from cancer.
Manson has repeatedly been denied parole. His next hearing is scheduled for 2027.