A follower of killer cult leader Charles Manson was arrested this weekend for attempting to smuggle a cell phone into the California prison where Manson is held.
Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, was arrested at the Corcoran State Prison Sunday and charged with possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cell phone into a prison and conspiracy, reports the Associated Press.
Hammond was attempting to sneak a wristwatch cell phone into Manson’s possession, authorities said. At the time, Manson was meeting with another one of his followers and was later set to speak to Hammond. Security guards caught Hammond before the exchange happened and Manson never came into possession of the phone. Just months ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that made it a misdemeanor to sneak a cell phone into a prison, carrying a fine of up to $5,000.
Manson, 78, is imprisoned for orchestrating the ritual murders of seven people, including Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate, across Los Angeles by a group of his followers known as the Manson Family in 1969. The charismatic cult leader is eligible for parole, but is likely never to walk.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Hammond most often goes by the name of Gray Wolf, which was given to him years ago by Manson. In 2009, CNN spoke with Hamilton in an effort to better understand why some people are still drawn toward the cult leader decades after the Manson Family murders. In Hamilton’s eyes, Manson has some prophetic words to say about the environment. "Manson thinks the destruction of the environment is much more serious than we are being made out to believe," he told CNN. "Our government keeps covering up problems with pollution, with coal, with automobiles. Charlie says we need to get back to the horse."
This is not the first time Manson has been caught with an illegal cell phone. The Huffington Post reports that in both 2009 and 2011, Manson was found with cell phones. Both times, he was caught after calling and texting people in Florida, New Jersey, California and British Columbia.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.