Charles Manson up for parole, new photos released

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charles-manson-new-ktla.jpgThe California Department of Corrections has released new photos of serial killer Charles Manson, now 77, who is up for parole this month after being previously denied 11 times since his sentencing for the 1969 killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by his "family" of followers, as part of what prosecutors say was an attempt to incite a race war.

The photos were released at the request of CNN ahead of the April 11 parole hearing. The network reports that photos are taken of prisoners when they are transferred or, in Manson's case, when an inmate's appearance changes. He was last photographed three years ago with a shaved head.

Manson was initially sentenced to death for the slayings, but his death sentence was changed in 1977 to life in prison with the possibility of parole after California's death penalty was overturned for a time in the '70s. 
Photo/Video credit: California Department of Corrections via CNN