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    The victim, who was stabbed multiple times, is known to police.

    SPRINGFIELD - One person was stabbed multiple times Saturday night in the Bay neighborhood.

    The stabbing happened at about 9:15 p.m. on Lionel Benoit Road. The victim was brought to the hospital by ambulance, Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh said.

    The victim is expected to survive, Walsh said.

    Police are continuing to investigate the crime, he said.

    The stabbing is not believed to be random and the victim is known to police, Walsh said.


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    Eversource and National Grid are reporting outages across the state from Becket to Westport.

    Scattered power outages are being reported following the Saturday night and Sunday morning rain storm that brought high winds to the state.

    The worst of the outages are in the Berkshires and northern Franklin County but there are a variety of small outages across the state, power company officials are reporting.

    Power companies are working to repair electrical lines damaged in the storm. National Grid is predicting most outages will be restored by 2:15 p.m.

    The largest outage statewide is in Pittsfield where 183 homes and businesses have lost power, followed by Becket where 160 people are without power and Lanesborough where 109 residents do not have electricity, according to Eversource.

    In the eastern part of the state, National Grid is reporting 167 homes and businesses are without power in Westport and Eversource said 61 people in Lincoln do not have electricity.

    Other outages are in the following communities:

    Webster: 139 outages

    Bernardston: 94 homes and businesses.

    West Brookfield: 52 outages

    Greenfield: 50 outages

    Agawam: 38 outages

    Cheshire: 34 outages

    A number of other communities including Springfield, Holyoke, Buckland, Shelburne, Ashfield, Blandford, Conway, Hardwick, Belchertown, Williamstown, Leominster, Phillipston, Douglas, Mendon, Franklin and Carver have fewer than 10 outages, according to power company officials.


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    Police in Amesbury are warning residents about a "violent and extremely aggressive" dog that attacked one person Sunday morning.

    Police in Amesbury are warning residents about a "violent and extremely aggressive" dog that attacked one person Sunday morning.

    The department said on Facebook there was an incident Sunday morning involving the dog, described as a brown pit bull. The attack occurred on Whitehall Road in Amesbury.

    Police asked people to avoid going outside with their dogs especially in the Woodson Farm area. The dog was last spotted in the Whitehall Road area. Police, later on Sunday afternoon, asked people living in the area of the Whitehall Lake Drive Condos, Barbara Drive, Pamela Lane and Unicorn Circle to remain inside. 

     

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    Smith College, Amherst College, Boston University and a large number of other Massachusetts schools have been named by the "Paradise Papers" as holding funds in offshore accounts.

    Earlier this month, the Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published The Paradise Papers, which revealed to the public the methods by which wealthy individuals and organizations eschew taxation by stashing large sums of money in offshore accounts.

    Now, a large number of Massachusetts colleges--including Smith College, Boston University, Mount Holyoke, Amherst College, and many others--have been named in the "Papers" as being connected to offshore accounts. 

    A new article from the ICIJ shows that some of the country's most elite universities use offshore tax havens for financial purposes. Similarly, a New York Times article published earlier this month showed that more and more American universities are using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes as well as to hide investments that might spur protests by students. 

    However, there is nothing implicitly illegal about institutions using offshore accounts, though they can sometimes be used for illegal purposes. Many organizations consider it to be simply a good business practice.  

    The majority of Massachusetts schools listed in the new report are invested in a reinsurance firm located in Bermuda called School, College and University Underwriters, Ltd (SCUUL).

    SCUUL was created in 1986 as a response to a liability crisis that was making it difficult to purchase insurance.  

    Reinsurance firms are generally used to avoid risk and financial loss and to provide long term fiscal stability. Bermuda is a popular location for the reinsurance industry because it has no corporate tax and no capital gains tax

    The Papers also show that Northeastern University is invested in EnCap Energy Capital Fund IX-C, a Cayman Islands partnership that is reportedly known for the "acquisition and development of North American oil and gas properties."

    Below is a complete list of the Massachusetts schools listed by ICIJ: 

    • Amherst College
    • Babson College 
    • Bentley College 
    • Boston University 
    • Clark University 
    • College of the Holy Cross 
    • Mount Holyoke College 
    • Northeastern University 
    • Smith College 
    • Tufts University 
    • Wellesley College 
    • Williams College 

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    The news came hours after the ruling party's Central Committee on Sunday fired Mugabe as party leader and said if he didn't resign as the country's president by noon Monday it would start impeachment proceedings. Watch video

    HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is resigning after nearly four decades in power, according to an official close to the talks on his departure, in an extraordinary end to 37 years in power for the world's oldest head of state who had vowed to rule until death.

    The news came hours after the ruling party's Central Committee on Sunday fired Mugabe as party leader and said if he didn't resign as the country's president by noon Monday it would start impeachment proceedings.

    Mugabe was set to address the nation shortly on state-run television. The official close to the talks spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

    The 93-year-old Mugabe has been under house arrest since the military moved in Tuesday, angered by his firing of his longtime deputy and the positioning of unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe to succeed him.

    Mugabe tried to buy time in negotiations with the military on a dignified exit but quickly found himself isolated.

    Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets of the capital Saturday to demand that Mugabe, one of Africa's last remaining liberation leaders, step aside after overseeing the once-prosperous country's economic collapse.

    The deputy whom Mugabe fired, former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is poised to be Zimbabwe's next leader after the Central Committee made him its nominee to take over when Mugabe goes.

    Mugabe speaking at the State House building where Mugabe holds official functions, a symbol of the rule of the man who took power after independence from white minority rule in 1980.

    Clinging to his virtually powerless post, Mugabe earlier on Sunday discussed his exit with the army commander who put him under house arrest days ago, in a second round of negotiations.

    Meanwhile, members of the ZANU-PF party's Central Committee stood, cheered and sang as Mugabe was recalled. Meeting chair Obert Mpofu referred to him as "outgoing president" and called it a "sad day" for Mugabe after his decades in power.

    "He has been our leader for a long time and we have all learned a great deal from him," Mpofu said. But Mugabe "surrounded himself with a wicked cabal" that brought him down.

    The meeting replaced Mugabe as party chief with Mnangagwa and recalled the first lady as head of the women's league. The Central Committee accused the first lady of "preaching hate, divisiveness and assuming roles and powers not delegated to the office." The committee's decisions will be formalized at a special party congress next month.

    The Central Committee also expelled several high-level members close to the first lady, including minister of higher education Jonathan Moyo, finance minister Ignatious Chombo, Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwao, local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, foreign affairs minister Walter Mzembi and several others.

    Zimbabwean officials never revealed details of Mugabe's talks with the military on his exit, but the military appeared to favor a voluntary resignation to maintain a veneer of legality in the political transition. Mugabe, in turn, likely was using whatever leverage he had left to try to preserve his legacy as one of Africa's liberation leaders or even protect himself and his family from possible prosecution.

    Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the country's liberation war veterans, vowed to "bring back the crowd" if the president didn't step aside but said he was concerned that the military would end up opening fire to protect Mugabe from protesters.

    "We would expect that Mugabe would not have the prospect of the military shooting at people, trying to defend him," Mutsvangwa said. "The choice is his."

    On Saturday, most of Harare's population of 1.6 million poured into the streets in an anti-Mugabe demonstration that just days ago would have brought a police crackdown.

    They clambered onto tanks moving slowly through the crowds, took selfies with soldiers and surged in the thousands toward the State House building.

    The euphoria came after years of watching the once-prosperous African nation fall into decay, with a collapsing economy, repression of free speech, disputed elections and international sanctions.

    Even as concerns remained about who next would be in charge, people reveled in the rare chance to express themselves freely.

    Let us have this moment, Zimbabweans said. If the next leader becomes trouble, they vowed to return to the streets again.

    By Christopher Torchia and Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press


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    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker made it very clear that police officials shouldn't be doing favors for anyone, period.

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker made it very clear that police officials shouldn't be doing favors for anyone, period.

    The governor's statement came on the heels of the Alli Bibaud case and the discovery that now-former Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon ordered troopers to redact comments made by the judge's daughter during her October arrest.

    Baker, while speaking to WBZ-TV's Jon Keller, said police cannot give special treatment to anyone.

    "You should never do a favor for a local big shot. Period. Ever," Baker said. "No exceptions."

    McKeon and his second-in-command, Lt. Col. Francis Hughes, resigned amid controversy over the redaction of Bibaud's arrest report. McKeon ordered troopers to remove alleged statements by Bibaud where she mentioned her father is a judge and that she performed sex acts in order to obtain drugs. 

    While responding to Hughes' retirement, State Police said it is typical for the second-in-command to leave their position to allow the new colonel/superintendent to select a new deputy superintendent. 

    The two troopers involved in the arrest of Bibaud, Toopers Ali Rei and Ryan Sceviour, have both filed federal lawsuits against the State Police, McKeon and others over the colonel's order. 

    Troopers Rei and Sceviour were both reprimanded after including the statements McKeon deemed "sensational" in the arrest of Bibaud, the daughter of Worcester County Judge Timothy Bibaud. 

    Sceviour claims members of the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, supervisors in the State Police and other high-ranking state officials, were involved in the redaction of Bibaud's report. 

    Judge Bibaud has denied ever being involved. 

    New State Police Col. Kerry Gilpin is removing the reprimands from the troopers' files, Baker said. The new colonel is also conducting an investigation into the situation. Baker said there are going to be "other investigations" but did not specify further. 

    Baker said his office determined McKeon made a mistake and should not have intervened.  

    "His stated position, and he's never said anything other than this, he's owned it from the beginning, is that he wanted to clean it up because he felt some of the information in it was not germane to the charges that were being leveled against the defendant," Baker said in his interview with Keller. 

    One could argue most of the redacted information could have remained in the report based on the charges, Baker said. The desk supervisor should have handled the reports and any possible redactions, the governor said. 

    "They (State Police) need to put a much more explicit set of protocols in place with respect in how they handle issues associated with editing arrest reports," he said. "When we looked at the information, we concluded that - except for very minor circumstances - everything that was there belonged in the report."

    Bibaud pleaded guilty to operating under the influence of liquor and several motor vehicle violations in Framingham District Court Friday. The charge of operating under the influence of drugs was not settled and a hearing on that matter will be held at a date yet to be determined. 

    Bibaud was placed on probation for 14 months and will undergo drug treatment. She cannot drive for one year. Her lawyer said she is attending a 32-day treatment program in New Hampshire.

    Troopers determined Bibaud was under the influence of alcohol and drugs during an October crash in Worcester. Troopers said they discovered drug paraphernalia associated with heroin use in Bibaud's car. 


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    Police confiscated the three weapons and Czaja's pistol permit when they arrested him.

    ELLINGTON, Conn. - State police arrested a 22-year-old man accused of firing at least 34 shots from three different guns while drinking Saturday night.

    Alexander Czaja, of Ellington, is being accused of shooting a speed limit sign and firing at random in the area of Crystal Lake and on Minor Hill, Aborn and Sandy Beach roads at about 10:25 p.m. Saturday, Connecticut State Police said.

    Police received multiple 911 calls from residents of the Crystal Lake area, who reported hearing multiple shots being fired. State Police troopers and Ellington police responded and began searching the area.

    They then found a man walking out of a wooded area carrying a long gun. Troopers ordered the man to drop the gun and lay on the ground, which Czaja followed. After handcuffing him, police found he was also armed with two handguns and had at least 25 more rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, police said.

    "It was determined that the male had been drinking alcohol and was walking home from a friend's house" when he fired shots from each of the guns. Czaja did have a pistol permit, which was confiscated with the three guns, police said.

    Czaja was charged with unlawful discharge of firearms, carrying firearms illegally while under influence of drugs or alcohol, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. He was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court on Nov. 27, police said.


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    The Police Departments will be giving toys to a variety of organizations including local soup kitchens and Toys for Tots.

    Multiple Police Departments across Western Massachusetts are scheduling a variety of charity drives this holiday season to help those in need.

    The majority are holding toy drives to ensure children get a visit from Santa this year. Monson Police is also collecting gifts for members of the military.

    Toys will be given to local food pantries and other community organizations as well as Toys for Tots. Nearly all are asking people for new, unwrapped toys to stuff a cruiser.

    Some of the events are as follows:

    Agawam: The Police Department will be collecting gifts for Toys for Tots from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 17 and 18 in Geissler's Supermarket parking lot on Suffield Street.

    Blandford: The Police Department will stuff a cruiser with toys from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Dec. 12 at Town Hall. The toys will be donated to the Huntington Food Pantry.

    Chicopee: Chicopee Police will stuff a cruiser or two from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 9 in the Chick-Fil-A parking lot on Memorial Drive. The toys collected will go to Toys for Tots.

    Great Barrington: The Police Department is collecting for Toys for Tots from now until Dec. 11. People can drop off toys in the lobby of the department on Main Street.

    Monson: Police are collecting gifts for care packages that will be shipped to residents who are serving in the military and deployed across the world. A collection box will be in the lobby of the Police Station on Main Street through Nov. 20. Donations have to be collected early because of the time it takes to ship packages.

    Sturbridge: The Police and Fire Departments will be collecting Toys for Tots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 9 at the Public Safety Complex on Main Street. Santa will be there and there will be hot chocolate and cookies. People can also drop toys off to the Public Safety Department lobby any time.

    Wales: The Police Department will stuff a cruiser with toys for children and gifts for women, including gift cards, gloves and toiletries, during the Christmas Tree Lighting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Wales Elementary School on Main Street. The snow date is Dec. 9 and those who cannot make the event can drop donations off at the Town Office building until Dec. 1 or on Monday nights at the Police Department. The donations will be given to Womenshelter/Companeras in Holyoke.

    Wilbraham: The Police Department is hoping to stuff three cruisers with toys on Dec. 9 to donate to families who are not able to afford presents. The event will be held between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Big Y on 2035 Boston Road. Contact Sgt. Jeff Rudinski, Sgt. Mark Paradis or Officer Brent Noyes at 413-596-3837 to nominate a family in need to receive gifts.


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    On Saturday the 2017 Fenway Gridiron Series saw Boston College and UConn clash in what was technically a home game for the Huskies.

    BOSTON - On Saturday, the 2017 Fenway Gridiron Series saw Boston College and UConn clash in what was technically a home game for the Huskies.

    BC needed one more a win to clinch a bowl game but had to do it without redshirt freshman starting quarterback Anthony Brown who is out for the season. UConn came into the game with a disappointing 3-7 record and riding a two game losing streak.

    In the end, BC defeated UConn, 39-16.

    For the younger Fenway faithful, football at America's most beloved ballpark may be a recent novelty. In truth, the Boston landmark has hosted its fair share over the decades including the high school national championship the year the park opened in 1912.

    The first Eagles game at Fenway was in 1914, and over the years they've played there over 70 times. The Boston Patriots of the 1960's were one of five professional teams to make Fenway their home.

    Saturdays tilt was the 14th time the Eagles have played the Huskies. Boston College has dominated the series, which began with a scoreless tie in 1908, with an overall 11-0-2 record.

    The game time temperatures were seasonable for November but rain dampened the event as the night progressed. The gridiron matchup was a milestone of sorts in that it was Fenway's 3,000th non-baseball event in the last five years.

    Home to Boston's beloved Red Sox, it's no secret that Fenway Park has unique and perhaps peculiar dimensions. Players navigating the narrow, not meant for shoulder pads, hallways from each clubhouse had to walk single-file.

    Due to the space constraints, both teams shared the sideline by right field. Fortunately, for fans, this provided an uncommonly clear view from the first base infield stands while those in the Green Monster seats could see over coaches and players.

    In their final regular season games on November 25th, Boston College will travel to Syracuse while UConn will take on the Bearcats in Cincinnati.


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    Eversource is on the scene repairing the downed wires but it is not known when power will be restored.

    LUDLOW - Trees crashed down on Fuller Street, downing electrical wires and closing the street Sunday.

    Currently about 169 homes and businesses are without power, according to Eversource.

    High winds brought trees and power lines down at about 5:30 p.m., forcing police to close the road between Nash Hill Road and West Street, Sgt. Brian Shameklis said.

    Eversource is on the scene repairing wires but it is not known when power will be restored, the trees can be removed and the road reopened, he said.

    "It is going to take a little while, the wires are tangled in the trees," Shameklis said.

    People are asked to avoid the area.

    The high winds are causing a variety of other outages across Western Massachusetts. Most of the other outages are impacting fewer than 50 homes and businesses.


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    Tap for all public transit.. That's the new system planned for 2020 as the MBTA moves ahead with a $723 million overhaul of its fare collection.


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    The fire on Montgomery Street only took several minutes to put out.

    CHICOPEE -- Chicopee firefighters were called to the scene of a burning trailer on Montgomery Street Sunday night.

    The call came in at 7:15 p.m. for a 20-foot vacant trailer burning behind a building, Fire Department officials said.

    It was unclear whether the structure was a camping trailer or cargo trailer, but  the fire was extinguished in several minutes and no other structures were affected.

    There was no one in the trailer at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.


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    Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend area for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was fatally injured responding to activity there.

    VAN HORN, Texas -- Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend area for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was fatally injured responding to activity there.

    Border Patrol spokesmen said they could not provide any details Sunday on what caused the agent's injuries or what led to them. Spokesman Carlos Diaz said the FBI has taken over the investigation.

    Another spokesman, Douglas Mosier, said Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were transported to a local hospital, where Martinez died. Martinez's partner is in serious condition. His name wasn't released. Martinez had been a border agent since August 2013 and was from El Paso.

    President Donald Trump commented about the incident on Twitter Sunday night amid a series of unrelated tweets.

    Border Patrol records show Big Bend accounted for about 1 percent of the more than 61,000 apprehensions its agents made along the Southwest border between October 2016 and May 2017. The region's mountains and the Rio Grande make it a difficult area for people to cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico.

    The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents who have died since late 2003 -- some attacked while working along the border and others killed in traffic accidents. It lists one other agent death in the line of duty this year.


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    Allan's last day with the city will be Dec. 14.

    EASTHAMPTON -- The city's lead planning and development official has accepted a new job in the private sector, and will start as a project associate with MBL Housing & Development in less than a month.

    City Planner Jessica Allan will work her last day at 50 Payson Ave. on Dec. 14 and begin with the Amherst-based real estate consultancy right away.

    "I'm excited about this," she said. "I've always wanted to learn more about affordable housing development from the finance side."

    MBL is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm offering feasibility analysis, development packaging, and project management for "publicly beneficial housing and economic development projects," according to the firm's website.

    Allan said although she is excited about her career move, it will be bittersweet to leave her office after more than five years as planning director. "Easthampton is such a great community; there is an amazing volunteer spirit here unlike anything I've seen elsewhere," she said.

    City projects completed on Allan's watch include the Nashawannuck Pond Boardwalk and a major infrastructure and civic design project at the Pleasant Street Mills. For the mills project, she procured $7.15 million in MassWorks infrastructure grants and managed a complex, multi-year process.

    Easthampton OKs overhaul of highway business zoning

    Allan has helped guide zoning initiatives, including a revision of the city's highway business regulations. In that case, she helped broker collaboration between the business community, the Planning Board, and those pushing to limit big box development.

    Developer David Boyle, a member of the city's Economic Development and Industrial Commission, noted that the planner is the "public face of growth in the city, which has many constituencies."

    "Her replacement will inherit a department that has moved forward tremendously from the solid foundation created by her predecessor," he said.

    Allan is "skilled in managing conflicting agendas," said Boyle, while at the same time handling "the nitty-gritty details of budgets, grants and other infrastructure work that is not so visibly seen by the public, but necessary for the city to fulfill its responsibilities."

    Planning Board Chairman Jesse Belcher-Timme said Allan will be hard to replace.

    "Jessica has been involved in several significant and complicated projects during her time in Easthampton," he said. "Her contributions and input have always been fantastic, and her help in guiding the Planning Board cannot be understated. Jessica claims that no one is irreplaceable, but it will certainly be a challenge to find someone who can fill her shoes."

    Mayor Karen Cadieux wished Allan well.

    "It's been a pleasure working with Jessica," said Cadieux, adding that she appreciates Allan's success in procuring large grants. "She has been an exemplary employee, and I'm sure she will be an asset to her new employer on her next career venture."

    Allan is leaving as mayor-elect Nicole LaChapelle prepares to take office on Jan. 2 after defeating city councilor Joy Winnie, Cadieux's pick, in a bruising election season. There will also be fresh faces on the City Council and School Committee following a tumultuous year in city politics.

    She said she feels good about the city's future.

    "I believe we're headed in the right direction, with our new leadership. I look forward to participating as a citizen rather than as a government official."

    Allan holds dual masters' degrees in landscape architecture and regional planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She previously worked for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, and the Trust for Public Land.

    In Easthampton, MLB consulted on Parsons Village, 38 units of affordable housing developed by Valley Community Development and HAP, Inc. Financing came from private and public sources, including tax credits, and the deal was leveraged by a Community Preservation Act grant from the city.


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    Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.

    LOS ANGELES -- Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.

    Manson, whose name to this day is synonymous with unspeakable violence and madness, died at 8:13 p.m. of natural causes at a Kern County hospital, according to a California Department of Corrections statement.

    Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, reacted to the death by quoting the late Vincent Bugliosi, the Los Angeles prosecutor who put Manson behind bars. Bugliosi said: "Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values."

    "Today, Manson's victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death," Hanisee said.

    California Corrections spokeswoman Vicky Waters said it's "to be determined" what happens to Manson's body. Prison officials previously said Manson had no known next of kin and state law says that if no relative or legal representative surfaces within 10 days, then it's up to the department to determine whether the body is cremated or buried.

    It's not known if Manson requested funeral services of any sort. It's also unclear what happens to his property, which is said to include artwork and at least two guitars. State law says the department must maintain his property for up to a year in anticipation there might be legal battles over who can make a legitimate claim to it.

    A petty criminal who had been in and out of jail since childhood, the charismatic, guru-like Manson surrounded himself in the 1960s with runaways and other lost souls and then sent his disciples to butcher some of L.A.'s rich and famous in what prosecutors said was a bid to trigger a race war -- an idea he got from a twisted reading of the Beatles song "Helter Skelter."

    The slayings horrified the world and, together with the deadly violence that erupted later in 1969 during a Rolling Stones concert at California's Altamont Speedway, exposed the dangerous, drugged-out underside of the counterculture movement and seemed to mark the death of the era of peace and love.

    Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Manson maintained during his tumultuous trial in 1970 that he was innocent and that society itself was guilty.

    "These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them; I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up," he said in a courtroom soliloquy.

    Linda Deutsch, the longtime courts reporter for The Associated Press who covered the Manson case, said he "left a legacy of evil and hate and murder."

    "He was able to take young people who were impressionable and convince them he had the answer to everything and he turned them into killers," she said. "It was beyond anything we had ever seen before in this country."

    The Manson Family, as his followers were called, slaughtered five of its victims on Aug. 9, 1969, at Tate's home: the actress, who was 81/2 months pregnant, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish movie director Voityck Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate's caretaker. Tate's husband, "Rosemary's Baby" director Roman Polanski, was out of the country at the time.

    The next night, a wealthy grocer and his wife, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were stabbed to death in their home across town.

    The killers scrawled such phrases as "Pigs" and "Healter Skelter" (sic) in blood at the crime scenes.

    Three months later, a Manson follower was jailed on an unrelated charge and told a cellmate about the bloodbath, leading to the cult leader's arrest.

    In the annals of American crime, Manson became the embodiment of evil, a short, shaggy-haired, bearded figure with a demonic stare and an "X'' -- later turned into a swastika -- carved into his forehead.

    "Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969," author Joan Didion wrote in her 1979 book "The White Album."

    After a trial that lasted nearly a year, Manson and three followers -- Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten -- were found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Another defendant, Charles "Tex" Watson, was convicted later. All were spared execution and given life sentences after the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972.

    Atkins died behind bars in 2009. Krenwinkel, Van Houten and Watson remain in prison.

    Another Manson devotee, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, but her gun jammed. She served 34 years in prison.

    Manson was born in Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 1934, to a teenager, possibly a prostitute, and was in reform school by the time he was 8. After serving a 10-year sentence for check forgery in the 1960s, Manson was said to have pleaded with authorities not to release him because he considered prison home.

    "My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system," he would later say in a monologue on the witness stand. "I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you."

    He was set free in San Francisco during the heyday of the hippie movement in the city's Haight-Ashbury section, and though he was in his mid-30s by then, he began collecting followers -- mostly women -- who likened him to Jesus Christ. Most were teenagers; many came from good homes but were at odds with their parents.

    The "family" eventually established a commune-like base at the Spahn Ranch, a ramshackle former movie location outside Los Angeles, where Manson manipulated his followers with drugs, supervised orgies and subjected them to bizarre lectures.

    He had musical ambitions and befriended rock stars, including Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. He also met Terry Melcher, a music producer who had lived in the same house that Polanski and Tate later rented.

    By the summer 1969, Manson had failed to sell his songs, and the rejection was later seen as a trigger for the violence. He complained that Wilson took a Manson song called "Cease to Exist," revised it into "Never Learn Not to Love" and recorded it with the Beach Boys without giving Manson credit.

    Manson was obsessed with Beatles music, particularly "Piggies" and "Helter Skelter," a hard-rocking song that he interpreted as forecasting the end of the world. He told his followers that "Helter Skelter is coming down" and predicted a race war would destroy the planet.

    "Everybody attached themselves to us, whether it was our fault or not," the Beatles' George Harrison, who wrote "Piggies," later said of the murders. "It was upsetting to be associated with something so sleazy as Charles Manson."

    According to testimony, Manson sent his devotees out on the night of Tate's murder with instructions to "do something witchy." The state's star witness, Linda Kasabian, who was granted immunity, testified that Manson tied up the LaBiancas, then ordered his followers to kill. But Manson insisted: "I have killed no one, and I have ordered no one to be killed."

    His trial was nearly scuttled when President Richard Nixon said Manson was "guilty, directly or indirectly." Manson grabbed a newspaper and held up the front-page headline for jurors to read: "Manson Guilty, Nixon Declares." Attorneys demanded a mistrial but were turned down.

    From then on, jurors, sequestered at a hotel for 10 months, traveled to and from the courtroom in buses with blacked-out windows so they could not read the headlines on newsstands.

    Manson was also later convicted of the slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.

    Over the decades, Manson and his followers appeared sporadically at parole hearings, where their bids for freedom were repeatedly rejected. The women suggested they had been rehabilitated, but Manson himself stopped attending, saying prison had become his home.

    The killings inspired movies and TV shows, and Bugliosi wrote a best-selling book about the murders, "Helter Skelter." The macabre shock rocker Marilyn Manson borrowed part of his stage name from the killer.

    "The Manson case, to this day, remains one of the most chilling in crime history," prominent criminal justice reporter Theo Wilson wrote in her 1998 memoir, "Headline Justice: Inside the Courtroom -- The Country's Most Controversial Trials ."

    "Even people who were not yet born when the murders took place," Wilson wrote, "know the name Charles Manson, and shudder."

    --By John Rogers