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Charles Manson follower allegedly tried to smuggle phone to killer

Published: Wednesday, July 29 2015 3:42 a.m. MDT

In this photo taken June 16, 2011 and provided by the California Department of Corrections, Charles Manson is seen in Corcoran, Calif. Manson is scheduled to have a parole hearing at Corcoran State Prison on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.  (California Department of Corrections, Associated Press) In this photo taken June 16, 2011 and provided by the California Department of Corrections, Charles Manson is seen in Corcoran, Calif. Manson is scheduled to have a parole hearing at Corcoran State Prison on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (California Department of Corrections, Associated Press)

"A Charles Manson follower has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cellphone to the cult leader at Corcoran State Prison.

"Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cellphone into a prison and conspiracy, said Terry Thornton, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation spokeswoman.

"Thornton said the device was a wrist watch cellphone and was discovered by guards after Hammond entered an area where the possession of such devices is prohibited.

"Hammond, who goes by the name Gray Wolf given to him by Manson, is a regular visitor to Manson, the mastermind of the one the most notorious killing sprees in U.S. history — the Tate-Bianca murders in Los Angeles."

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