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Charles Manson's parole hearing today could be his last

•, By Douglas Stanglin
 Under current California law, Manson, who is now gray-bearded and 77 years old, can't request a parole hearing for up to 15 years if he is turned down for the 12th time, the Associated Press reports.

Debra Tate, whose sister, actress Sharon Tate, was among seven victims of the killing spree in August 1969, hopes it will be the last time she has to appear before a parole panel to argue that Manson should not be freed.

"I've tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose," Tate tells the Associated Press. "I've been doing it for Sharon and the other victims of him for the last 40 years."
Tate says she is hoping to look Manson in the eye while she reminds the two-member panel of the tortuous deaths suffered by Tate, who was 8½ months pregnant, and four others visiting her Benedict Canyon home. Two other people were killed the following night.

"I want to lock eyes with him and walk them through everything done to each and every one of my friends, blow by blow," she says.

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