America's most notorious criminal Charles Manson is close to death, sources have said.
The former cult leader was taken to a hospital in Bakersfield, California three days ago for emergency treatment and has remained there since.
Speaking to TMZ, unnamed sources described the infamous criminal as "ashen" and revealed, "It's not going to get any better for him, it's just a matter of time."
Charles Manson was indirectly responsible for the murders of seven people including the eight-month pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who was married to the film director Roman Polanski.
While not taking part in the killings, Manson was held accountable for instructing the murders, which were carried out by three of his followers- Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten.
Manson's motive was to start a race war between African Americans and white people by murdering residents in the wealthy, predominately white suburbs of L.A. and then blaming the killings on members of the black community.
The 83-year-old has been in prison for over 40 years ever since brainwashing members of his cult, which he dubbed "The Family" to carry out his orders and at the time of his conviction in 1971, was sentenced to death.
However, a year later the state of California declared the death penalty unconstitutional and his sentence was changed to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole in 1977.
The psychopath last applied for parole in 2012, but it was rejected on the grounds he still posed a direct threat to society.
His next parole hearing is scheduled in 2027, at which time he will be 93.