Religious scholar and CNN host Reza Aslan receives ashes along the Ganges River in India from a man purporting to be an Aghori guru.
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    Beardless and shaven-headed, Charles Manson, is sullen faced as he goes to hear sentence of death in the gas chamber passed by the court 29 March 1971 in Los Angeles. Manson was convicted of murder, after in August 1969, during two bloody evenings of paranoid, psychedelic savagery, at least nine people were murdered among them Sharon Tate, the young and pregnant actress and wife of Roman Polanski. The trial of Manson and three girls followers similarly sentenced lasted ten months.
    Beardless and shaven-headed, Charles Manson, is sullen faced as he goes to hear sentence of death in the gas chamber passed by the court 29 March 1971 in Los Angeles. Manson was convicted of murder, after in August 1969, during two bloody evenings of paranoid, psychedelic savagery, at least nine people were murdered among them Sharon Tate, the young and pregnant actress and wife of Roman Polanski. The trial of Manson and three girls followers similarly sentenced lasted ten months.

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