Doctors were unable to perform surgery on Charles Manson in a Bakersfield hospital last week, and the notorious mass murderer is now back in prison in failing health, TMZ reported Monday.
Manson has been suffering from lower gastrointestinal bleeding caused by a lesion, a source who requested anonymity told The Californian last week.
The former cult leader was taken to Mercy Hospital downtown from Corcoran State Prison before dawn Monday morning with the ailment, the source said. He was too weak to undergo emergency surgery Thursday night, according to a TMZ report.
The surgery was rescheduled but again canceled, TMZ reported. Manson was taken back to Corcoran, "largely due to security reasons," the report said.
TMZ reported a source familiar with the situation said, "He's not good. His health is failing."
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.