Notorious cult leader Charles Manson was caught with a cell phone in his jail cell. Manson was caught with an LG flip phone under his mattress and had used it several times before officers discovered it, Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections told Fox 8 News. According to jail documents, an additional 30-days has been added to his prison term.

  • Manson was caught with an LG flip phone under his mattress in 2009, according to Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections
  • Manson had used it several times before officers discovered it
  • Manson allegedly made calls and sent text messages to people in California, New Jersey, Florida, and British Columbia but it wasn’t known if the calls were crime-related
  • The now 80-some-year-old orchestrated one of the most notorious killing sprees in American history, including actress Sharon Tate who was among the seven victims in 1969
  • Prison officials added 30 more days to Manson’s life sentence and he allegedly underwent counseling as a result
  • Prisoners are known to use smuggled cell phones for a range of criminal activity, including running drug rings and planning escapes. There have been cases where prison guards have been accused of bringing phones into the prison to sell for as much as $1,000 a piece
  • President Obama signed a bill banning cell phones from federal prisons and making it a crime to smuggle one in

2011 SECOND  PHONE 

  • Mass murderer Charles Manson was caught with a cell phone for the second time in two years
  • Guards at Corcoran State Prison found Manson’s contraband phone in a routine search of his prison cell on January 6, 2011, said Terry Thornton

2013 SMUGGLE  FAIL 

  • Craig Carlisle Hammond, now 66, was arrested in 2013 and charges for unauthorized communication with a prisoner, bringing a cell phone into a prison and conspiracy, according to the Kings County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hammond attempted to smuggle the phone in during a visit to Charles Manson but was arrested during visitor processing and released on $30,000 bail