‘Modern Family’ coming to an end

(CNN)One of television's most beloved and celebrated families will soon go their separate ways after ABC announced that "Modern Family" has been renewed for an 11th and final season.

"Will be hard to say goodbye. Love my family," star Jesse Tyler Ferguson said on social media.
Tuesday's announcement marks the end of an era that began in 2009.
At the time of its premiere, "Modern Family's" portrayal of blended families and same-sex partners was groundbreaking, especially for a broadcast network. Its fresh approach to the family comedy and sharp humor did not go unnoticed.
    In its time on air, the show garnered 21 Primetime Emmy Awards (including five for outstanding comedy series), multiple SAG Awards and a Peabody.
      "For 10 years, our characters have bravely faced turning points in life and moved through them to great personal enrichment; we have chosen a different path by doing one more season of 'Modern Family,'" joked co-creator and executive producer Christopher Lloyd in a statement.
      "Modern Family" airs Wednesdays on ABC.

      ‘Modern Family’ to end next year after 11 seasons

      The beloved comedy “Modern Family” will end its run next year after 11 seasons.

      ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke announced the end of the five-time Emmy Award-winning series about the boisterous extended family on Tuesday. It will finish three seasons short of the longest-running sitcom ever, “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.”


      The series produced by Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan was an immediate hit after its debut in September 2009. It began a five-year streak of winning the Emmy for best comedy a year later. Actors Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet each won two Emmys.

      It’s currently seen by nearly 5 million viewers a week.

      The Associated Press contributed to this report.

      Hacked Nest security cameras watch Illinois family, hurl obscenities, as company blames ‘compromised passwords’

      A family in Illinois was horrified when the Nest security system they’d purchased to give them peace of mind was taken over by a hacker — the latest example of what the tech company has called a “third-party hack.”

      Arjun Sud was outside of his son’s room on Sunday when he heard a man’s voice talking to his 7-month-old via the security system’s speaker, according to CBS.

      “I was shocked to hear a deep, manly voice talking to my 7-month-old son,” Sud told CBS. “My blood ran cold.”

      The hidden intruder was reportedly taunting Sud and his family, uttering obscenities that included the N-word. The family also believes the hacker jacked up their thermostat to 90 degrees.


      Sud’s wife called the incident “terrifying.”

      The family, which has been using Nest for years, eventually unplugged all the cameras and called the police. They also called Nest.

      “And then they said, ‘Well, you should have used a unique password and two-factor authentication, and if you did, you know, that would be that,'” Sud said.

      Sud now questions Nest’s security.


      “When I called Nest and I said, ‘How long has this been going on for? How long has someone kind of been watching us?’ ‘We don’t know. We can’t tell you. We don’t have the logs,’” Sud told CBS.

      In January, a California family was warned of an impending missile attack from North Korea after their Nest home security system was taken over by hackers.

      A spokesperson for Google, the parent company of Nest, previously sent Fox News the following statement:

      “These recent reports are based on customers using compromised passwords (exposed through breaches on other websites). In nearly all cases, two-factor verification eliminates this type of security risk.”


      The Google spokesperson continued: “We take security in the home extremely seriously, and we’re actively introducing features that will reject compromised passwords, allow customers to monitor access to their accounts and track external entities that abuse credentials.”

      Jayme Closs enjoys steak dinner with family weeks after being found safe

      Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teen who was kidnapped last year and found last month, is safe and recovering at home with family — and recently was pictured enjoying a hearty meal.

      Closs’s aunt and legal guardian, Jennifer Naiberg Smith, posted a photo to Facebook of Closs eating a steak dinner with her grandfather on Sunday.


      Smith told Fox News on Monday that Closs, 13, and her grandpa “always had a special bond.”

      When she disappeared, Closs’s grandfather said he’d buy his granddaughter a steak once she returned home — and he kept his promise.


      Investigators announced on Jan. 11 that Closs was found alive in Douglas County, three months after she disappeared from her home, roughly 80 miles away in Barron County, where her parents were shot dead.

      The suspect, Jake Patterson, later was charged with two counts of intentional homicide and one count each of kidnapping and armed burglary.

      Emiliano Sala’s family plead with rescuers to continue their search

      London (CNN)The family of missing Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala have pleaded with rescuers to continue their search for the plane in which he was traveling.

      Police on Wednesday suspended the operation to find the aircraft, which disappeared over the English Channel on Monday, saying that a decision on whether to resume the search would be made in the morning. The single-engine Piper Malibu was taking Sala from Nantes in northern France to Cardiff in Wales, the home of his new club, Cardiff City.
      "After an intensive search using multiple aircraft and one lifeboat over the last nine hours, we have found no trace of the missing plane," Guernsey Police tweeted. "A decision about whether to recommence will be taken early tomorrow morning," the statement added.
        At a press conference in Argentina, family spokesperson Martin Molteni told reporters that it is "essential the search continues" and that the family wanted rescuers to "use all means possible" to find out what happened.
        Sala, 28, was on his way to begin training with Cardiff City after his reported £15 million ($ 19.3 million) move to the English Premier League club from Nantes.
        Flowers and candles have been placed in Nantes' main square as search for Emiliano Sala continues.

        Flowers and candles have been placed in Nantes' main square as search for Emiliano Sala continues.

        Sala's message from the plane

        It emerged on Wednesday that Sala sent a WhatsApp audio message to a group of friends from on board the plane.
        It was unclear exactly when Sala sent the message but he describes being tired and can be heard yawning. Sala appears to joke about the aircraft, telling his friends in a deadpan tone: "I'm here on the plane and it looks like it's going to fall down in pieces." He then says that training with Cardiff would start the next day.
        Near the end of the recording, he appears to make another joke, saying: "If in an hour and a half you don't have news from me... I don't know if they would send someone to look for me because they won't find me, but you will know. Dude, I'm so scared."
        Throughout the message, his voice is monotone and there is no indication that his comments about the state of the plane are anything but dark humor. Sala's family spokesperson confirmed to reporters in Argentina that the message was genuine and expressed dismay that it had been made public.
        Nantes supporters gather in Nantes after it was announced that  Emiliano Sala was missing.

        Nantes supporters gather in Nantes after it was announced that  Emiliano Sala was missing.

        No trace of aircraft

        Rescuers have been searching for the plane since it disappeared from radar near the Channel Islands just before 8:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. ET) Monday. The plane had requested descent on passing Guernsey but disappeared from radar at about 2,300 feet.
        Channel Islands Air Search spokeswoman Alison Robins said Wednesday that the search had become a "recovery operation."
        Police said the plane was being flown by David Ibbotson, identified in UK media as an experienced pilot and member of the British Parachute Association. Sala was the only passenger.
        Sala had scored 12 goals for Nantes this season.

        Sala had scored 12 goals for Nantes this season.

        The search has so far covered 280 square miles, using aircraft from the Channel Islands, France and the UK, authorities said.
        Police said their operation was based on four possibilities: That the pilot and Sala landed safely but had not made contact; that they had been picked up by a passing ship; that the aircraft may have landed on water and the pair made it onto a life raft which was on board the plane; or that the aircraft had broken up on contact with the water.
        Satellite imagery and mobile phone data was also being reviewed in an attempt to find the plane, police said.
        Capt. David Barker, harbormaster for the state of Guernsey, told reporters Tuesday there had been no distress call from the plane, saying "it was simply lost from radar and from communications."

        A stellar season

        Sala had scored 12 league goals for Nantes this season. The Argentine would have likely been available to make his debut for Cardiff, which is in the relegation zone having struggled to score goals during its return to the English top flight, in next week's Premier League match at Arsenal.
        Born in Santa Fe, Argentina, Sala established his reputation in France, scoring 42 goals for Nantes since joining from Bordeaux in 2015 and particularly impressed this season.
        In his most recent tweet Monday, just before he was due to fly, Sala posted a photo of himself with the Nantes FC team and the caption: "the last one, goodbye."
        Nantes said Thursday's training session would be open to up to 300 members of the public. A portrait of the player has been placed in a street in the city, and would also soon be placed outside the stadium, to give well-wishers an opportunity to place flowers, candles and messages of support near it.
          In a statement, the French club said: "The hours are long, FC Nantes continues to pray for Emiliano, just like his extraordinary determination ... The FC Nanes family is more than ever united in this event."
          PSG and France forward Kylian Mbappe, World Cup-winning midfielder Andres Iniesta and Monaco manager Thierry Henry were among the current and former footballers to post messages of support on social media.

          Sofia Vergara says ‘Modern Family’ likely doing ’11th season’: ‘We’re all very excited’

          “Modern Family” isn’t wrapping up just yet.

          The ABC sitcom is likely returning for an 11th season, according to Sofia Vergara.

          “I think it’s going to end up, we’re doing an extra season that we’re going to start next August. We’re about to finish the 10th season in March,” she told ET on Friday while promoting her new denim line, Sofia by Sofia Vergara, for

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          “I mean, from what I heard, we are doing an 11th season,” she added. “So we’re all very excited and very happy.”

          ABC has yet to officially announce “Modern Family’s” renewal, though multiple outlets reported in December that the adult cast, including Vergara, Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, were closing deals with producing studio 20th Century Fox TV to return for season 11.

          Julie Bowen On Whether ‘Modern Family’ Could Come Back for One Final Season (Exclusive)

          “We were approached. The cast gave a gleeful yes,” Bowen told ET in December. “I think there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes action that has to happen with Fox, and ABC buying Fox. There’s an extra building worth of paperwork it has to go through. But I’m hoping it does. I really am.”

          Sarah Hyland Cried While Watching Shocking ‘Modern Family’ Death Episode (Exclusive)

          “It would give me an opportunity to cry at the beginning of every episode, every table read,” she expressed.

          “This is the last time we do an episode 12. It would let us all properly grieve the end of the series as opposed to it being, right now we’re like, ‘No this can’t be it,’ because we’re all enjoying it. No one’s crying. No one’s sad. So we’re looking forward to being sad.”

          “Modern Family” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

          Liam Neeson says he walked the streets hoping to ‘kill’ a black man after family member was raped

          Liam Neeson said in a bizarre new interview that he once walked the streets armed with a club for a week in hopes of killing a black man after a family member told him she was raped by a black male.

          In an interview with The Independent published Monday, the veteran actor recalled an incident where he harbored racist thoughts after a member of his family told him she was raped.

          “There’s something primal – God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions,” the actor began the story, which he said he has never before shared.

          The “Taken” actor said he had returned home from overseas when his family member told him she had been sexually assaulted.


          “My immediate reaction was,” Neeson said before pausing. “I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person.”

          Neeson said he then “went up and down areas” with a baton “hoping I’d be approached by somebody.” Neeson admitted he is “ashamed” by his actions.

          “I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could,” – he paused again – “kill him.”

          According to the interviewer, Neeson knows how “shocking” and “appalling” his story is.


          “It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that,” he says. “And I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid,” the 66-year-old actor said.

          A rep for Neeson did not return Fox News’ request for comment.

          The interview was pegged to Neeson’s upcoming film “Cold Pursuit.” His co-star Tom Bateman chimed in, “Holy s–t.”

          Neeson responded: “It’s awful. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f–k are you doing,’ you know?”

          Chicago family in frozen neighborhood leaves notes offering help and friendship

          Sabeel Ahmed said he hopes his letters cause a "ripple effect" of kindness in his suburban Chicago neighborhood.

          Sabeel Ahmed said he hopes his letters cause a "ripple effect" of kindness in his suburban Chicago neighborhood.

          (CNN)Neighbors found unexpected warmth when they opened their front doors this week to the minus-14-degree wind chill in Morton Grove near Chicago. Handwritten notes left behind read: “My family and I are available if you need assistance in picking up groceries, medicine or removal of snow.”

          The notes came from Sabeel Ahmed, his wife Asma Naheed and their three children. The family went door to door, leaving those notes on 40 of their neighbors’ houses. Ahmed wasn’t looking for anything in return. He just wanted to push back against the cold that keeps people homebound and isolated.
          “We need to take care of our neighbors. That was a big motivation for doing this,” Ahmed told CNN. He said he decided to leave the notes after worrying about an elderly woman who lives next door.
          The family of Sabeel Ahmed left 40 handwritten letters on neighbors' doors offering warm regards during the cold snap.

          The family of Sabeel Ahmed left 40 handwritten letters on neighbors' doors offering warm regards during the cold snap.

          Ahmed is director of GainPeace, an Islamic outreach organization. He said he hopes his family’s actions will highlight an important aspect of the Muslim faith: caring for neighbors. “Despite racial and religious differences, at the end of the day, we have to meet.”
            “Especially when we have this scary weather,” added neighbor Alexander Slagg, who emailed Ahmed to thank him for spreading kindness. “All the differences don’t matter. What he did, that is awesome.”
            So far no one has taken Ahmed up on the offer. But when CNN called, he was helping his neighbor start a car in the freezing cold.
            “Teaching our children,” Ahmed said, is another reason for offering help. “It’s not about me. It’s about humanity. It’s about the world.”
            The notes all included open invitations to his neighbors: “You are welcome to drop in to our home for hot tea and samosa.”
            Ahmed’s daughter put together a YouTube video to help spread the family’s message beyond the handwritten letters.
              “It’s an obligation of us as being humans, us as being neighbors, us as being Muslims to not only make sure that we remain safe but we want to make sure that our neighbors, they also remain safe and protected,” Ahmed says in the video.
              Ahmed challenges others to do the same. “Hopefully the ice is broken and hopefully there will be more connections made … and neighbors will carry it on, as a ripple effect.”

              Sackler family, fortune and philanthropy under scrutiny amid opioid lawsuits

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              (CNN)A series of lawsuits spurred by the opioid epidemic has thrust one of America’s richest yet little-known families into a spotlight they’ve long sought to avoid.

              The Sacklers, owners of the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma LP, have a combined fortune estimated by Forbes at $ 13 billion.
              The lawsuits, including a case brought by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office that produced fresh and deeply unflattering revelations about the family on Thursday, have alleged that the Sacklers boosted their wealth by pushing what they knew to be addictive and deadly painkillers onto doctors and patients while reaping more than $ 4 billion in opioid profits over the course of a decade.
              But before it became the focus of scathing accusations in court papers, the Sackler name was most closely associated with some of the premier cultural and academic institutions in the world.
                At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sackler Wing houses one of the museum’s jewels: the Temple of Dendur. One Sackler brother, Mortimer, once held birthday party at the museum as an adult, with a cake in the shape of the Great Sphinx but for a particular detail: Its face was a replica of Mortimer’s, according to the New Yorker.
                The Sacklers have also gifted a wing at the Louvre; a courtyard at the Victoria & Albert Museum; a center for feminist art at the Brooklyn Museum; and an arts education center at the Guggenheim Museum of Art; and donated to dozens of other institutions, including the National Gallery, the Tate, the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History.
                And they have funded scores of educational programs, professorships and medical research programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Cornell and Stanford universities and the Yale Cancer Center.
                A sign with the Sackler name is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

                A sign with the Sackler name is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

                As the family’s alleged role in the opioid crisis has been exposed during litigation, many of these institutions have faced increasing pressure to return their gifts and remove the family name from their facilities.
                Purdue Pharma and its family owners secretly pursued a plan to become an “an end-to-end pain provider” by selling both opioids and the drugs to treat opioid addiction, according to the newly unredacted court documents disclosed Thursday. The documents also allege the Sacklers engaged in a decade of deception to push their pharmaceuticals, namely the painkiller OxyContin, on doctors and patients while they knew the highly addictive drugs were resulting in overdoses and deaths.
                A spokesman for Purdue, Bob Josephson, said Thursday that the release of the unredacted complaint was “part of a continuing effort to single out Purdue, blame it for the entire opioid crisis, and try the case in the court of public opinion rather than the justice system.”
                “Massachusetts seeks to publicly vilify Purdue, its executives, employees and directors while unfairly undermining the important work we have taken to address the opioid addiction crisis by taking out of context snippets from tens of millions of documents and grossly distorting their meaning. The complaint is riddled with demonstrably inaccurate allegations.”
                The family came into its fortune through three Sackler brothers: Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond. Now deceased, all were physicians who grew up in Brooklyn. Arthur and Mortimer worked in medical-related advertising, and in 1952, the brothers bought a patent-medicine company called Purdue Frederick.
                After Arthur died in 1987, his estate sold his stock options to his brothers, and the company changed its name to Purdue Pharma. In the 1990s, it began developing OxyContin, which the US Food and Drug Administration approved in 1995.
                OxyContin went on to balloon the family’s fortunes. It also became known as the root of the prescription opioid crisis in America.
                Opioids are a class of pharmaceuticals that include prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, morphine and fentanyl, as well as illicit drugs such as heroin. In 2017, there were 47,600 opioid-linked drug fatalities in the United States — more than the number of deaths linked to breast cancer — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
                Eight of the Sacklers are named as defendants in the Massachusetts attorney general’s lawsuit, along with Purdue and nine other people currently or formerly associated with the company.
                Purdue’s former chairman and president, Richard Sackler, one of Raymond’s sons, is a particular focus of the lawsuit. It describes him as a micromanager, constantly trying to push profits even as the opioid crisis was well underway.
                Sackler went to doctors’ offices with sales reps at times to push sales and sought advertising that was aggressive and positive, even as executives at Purdue were concerned about how he was promoting the drug, according to court filings.
                In 2001, the lawsuit says, Sackler disclosed in a confidential email “his solution to the overwhelming evidence of overdose and death: blame and stigmatize people who become addicted to opioids.”
                “We have to hammer on the abusers in every way possible,” he wrote, according to the lawsuit. “They are the culprits and the problem. They are reckless criminals.”
                A sign with some names of the Sackler family is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

                A sign with some names of the Sackler family is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

                Still, other Sacklers have moved beyond the family business. Madeleine Sackler, a granddaughter of Raymond, is a director and producer who has made films about charter schools and prison. Elizabeth Sackler, daughter of Arthur, founded the feminist art center at the Brooklyn Museum and last year she told the New York Times that “the opioid epidemic is a national crisis and Purdue Pharma’s role in it is morally abhorrent to me.”
                She has also supported a project by the photographer Nan Goldin, who has said she struggled with an OxyContin addiction, to call attention to the Sacklers’ role in the opioid crisis and encourage museums to strip their name from their buildings and galleries.
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                  In a statement to radio station WBUR in January, Daniel Weiss, president and CEO of the Met, suggested that the museum would revisit the Sacklers’ support.
                  “The Sackler family has been connected with the Met for more than a half century. The family is a large extended group, and their support of the Met began decades before the opioid crisis,” Weiss said. “The Met is currently engaging in a further review of our detailed gift acceptance policies, and we will have more to report in due course.”

                  Manson Family Murders Fast Facts

                  (CNN)Here is a look at Charles Manson and the 1969 “Manson Family” murders.

                  Birth date: November 12, 1934
                  Death date: November 19, 2017
                  Birth place: Cincinnati, Ohio
                    Birth name: Charles Milles Maddox
                    Father: Father’s name unavailable publicly
                    Mother: Kathleen Maddox
                    Marriages: Rosalie Jean (Willis) Manson (1955-divorce date unknown); was also married to a woman named Leona in the early 1960s, whose last name is not publicly known.
                    Children: At least two: with Rosalie Jean (Willis) Manson: Charles M. Manson Jr. (1956-1993); with a woman whose name is not publicly known: Charles Luther Manson.
                    Other Facts:
                    Reportedly, during his childhood, Manson’s mother sold him for a pitcher of beer to a woman who wanted to have children. His uncle had to find the woman so that he could get his nephew back.
                    He later took his stepfather William Manson’s last name.
                    According to the California Parole Board, Manson had a history of manipulation, controlling behavior and mental illnesses which included schizophrenia and paranoid delusional behavior.
                    1947 – At age 12, Manson is sent to Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute, Indiana, for stealing. Over the next twenty years, he is in and out of reform schools and prison for various crimes.
                    March 21, 1967 – Manson is released from prison. He tells the prison officials that he doesn’t want to be released, “Oh, no, I can’t go outside there…I knew that I couldn’t adjust to that world, not after all my life had been spent locked up and where my mind was free.” After his release, he moves to San Francisco.
                    1967-1968 – Manson meets Gary Hinman, a music teacher who introduces him to Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys.
                    — Manson attracts a group of followers. The group moves to the Spahn Ranch, outside of Chatsworth, California.
                    — Wilson introduces Manson to record producer Terry Melcher, the son of actress Doris Day. After initially showing interest in Manson’s music, Melcher declines to work with him further.
                    — Melcher later moves out of his home on Cielo Drive, and the house is then leased to film director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate.
                    July 1969 – Hinman is killed by Manson follower Bobby Beausoleil, accompanied by Manson Family members Mary Brunner and Susan Atkins. The murder is committed at the behest of Manson.
                    August 8-9, 1969 – At Manson’s command, a small group of his most ardent followers brutally murder five people at the Benedict Canyon home of Polanski, near Hollywood. The victims are Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Tate, writer Wojciech Frykowski, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring. Also killed is Steven Parent, who was a friend of the family’s gardener. The murders are committed by followers Atkins, Tex Watson, and Patricia Krenwinkel. Linda Kasabian accompanies them as a lookout.
                    August 9-10, 1969 – Manson, displeased at the sloppiness of the previous night’s murders, accompanies a group of followers on a search for victims. In the car are: Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, Kasabian as well as Leslie van Houten and Steve “Clem” Grogan. After several hours, the group comes upon the house of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. The couple are brutally murdered by Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten.
                    October 1969 – Manson and his followers are arrested at another remote location, called Barker Ranch, on suspicion of auto theft.
                    November 6, 1969 – Manson Family member Atkins, already charged in the murder of Hinman, tells inmate Virginia Castro that she killed Tate, “Because we wanted to do a crime that would shock the world, that the world would have to stand up and take notice.”
                    November 12, 1969 – The LA Sheriff’s detectives interview Al Springer, motorcycle gang member who had some association with Manson. Springer tells them that Manson told him about killing people days after the Tate murders.
                    November 16, 1969 – The LAPD interviews inmate Ronnie Howard about her conversation with Atkins concerning the Tate/LaBianca murders.
                    November 18, 1969 – Deputy District Attorney Vincent T. Bugliosi is assigned the case.
                    November 30, 1969 – Watson is apprehended in Texas. His lawyers fight extradition to California for nine months.
                    December 8, 1969 – Manson, Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Kasabian are indicted for the murders of Tate and her friends. The grand jury also indicts the five, plus Van Houten, for the LaBianca murders.
                    June 16, 1970 – Trial begins for Manson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten.
                    — Manson appears in court with an “X” carved into his forehead.
                    — He defends himself in court with the help from attorney Irving Kanarek.
                    August 1970 – Kasabian is given immunity in exchange for her testimony against Manson and the others.
                    January 15, 1971 – After a seven-month trial, jury deliberations begin. The jury finds all the defendants guilty on January 25.
                    March 29, 1971 – Manson, Krenwinkel, Atkins and Van Houten receive the death penalty.
                    1971 – Watson is found guilty of the murders of seven people and is sentenced to death.
                    1972 – The death penalty is abolished in California. The sentences for all Manson Family members are commuted to life in prison.
                    April 11, 2012 – Manson is denied parole for the 12th time. According to the California Parole Board, he has accrued 108 serious disciplinary violations in prison since 1971 and has shown no remorse for the murders. Manson’s next parole hearing is set for 2027, when he will be 92.
                    November 20, 2013 – A 25-year-old pen pal, who calls herself “Star,” tells Rolling Stone magazine that she considers Manson her husband. The imprisoned cult leader says, however, that Star’s story is “garbage.” She began sending letters to Manson when she was in high school.
                    November 18, 2014 – Sources tell CNN that Manson and Star have, in fact, obtained a marriage license.
                    February 2015 – The wedding is called off, according to tabloid reports.
                    June 6, 2015 – Bugliosi, Manson’s prosecutor and the author of the best-selling book, “Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders,” dies in California.
                    November 19, 2017 – Two days after being transported to the hospital, Manson, 83, dies of natural causes.
                    Major Players (“Manson Family”):
                    Susan “Sadie” Denise Atkins:
                    September 24, 2009 – Dies in prison.
                    Bobby Beausoleil:
                    1969 – Convicted of the murder of Gary Hinman. He is serving a life sentence.
                    October 14, 2016 – Beausoleil is denied parole for the 18th time. He will eligible again for parole consideration in three years.
                    January 3, 2019 – Beausoleil is recommended for parole at his 19th overall hearing, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman said. The Board of Parole Hearings staff will review the case next and, if it is approved, the case will go to the governor to rule on the parole decision.
                    Bruce Davis:
                    April 21, 1972 – Convicted of the murders of Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. He is serving a life sentence.
                    February 1, 2017 – Is recommended for parole.
                    June 23, 2017 – Governor Jerry Brown denies parole for Davis. This is the fifth time a California governor has refused to release him.
                    Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme:
                    1975 – Attempts to shoot President Gerald Ford.
                    August 14, 2009 – Is released on parole after serving 34 years.
                    Steven “Clem” Grogan:
                    1985Grogan is released on parole after revealing the location of the body of ranch-hand Donald “Shorty” Shea, killed in 1969.
                    Patricia “Katie” Krenwinkel:
                    2014 – Krenwinkel provides an interview for the documentary “Life After Manson,” her first on-camera appearance since 1994.
                    December 2016 – California parole board members delay their decision on freeing Krenwinkel after her attorney raises claims of abuse by Manson, or another member of the cult. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issues a statement that the information presented at the hearing does elicit cause for an investigation.
                    June 22, 2017 – Krenwinkel is denied parole for the 14th time. She will be eligible again for consideration in five years.
                    Leslie Van Houten:
                    April 14, 2016 – A parole board panel recommends Van Houten’s release, and the full Board of Parole Hearings will review the decision over the next four months.
                    September 6, 2017 – A two-person state commission panel grants Van Houten parole for the second time. The decision will go through a 120-day legal review before Brown will have 30-days to decide whether Van Houten will be granted parole and released.
                    January 19, 2018 – Brown denies parole for Van Houten, citing the horrific nature of the murders, Van Houten’s eager participation, and his belief that she minimizes her role in the murders. She will be eligible for parole again in March 2019.
                      January 30, 2019 – Van Houten is recommended for parole at her 22nd overall hearing, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman. The Board of Parole Hearings staff will review the case next and, if it is approved, the case will go to the governor to rule on the parole decision.
                      Charles D. “Tex” Watson:
                      October 27, 2016 – Watson is denied parole for the 17th time. He will be eligible for reconsideration in five years.