Manson follower allegedly tried to smuggle in cellphone

    LOS ANGELES — A follower of Charles Manson 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 Rehabilitation spokeswoman.

    Hammond, a retiree, was searched and subsequently arrested at 3:35 p.m. and taken to a King County Jail, where he was released four hours later on $30,000 bail. He is due in court next month.

    Thornton said the device was a wristwatch 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 one the most notorious killing sprees in U.S. history — the Tate-LaBianca murders in Los Angeles.

    Manson has been caught with a cellphone in his cell twice. Manson called people in California, New Jersey and Florida with an LG flip phone found under his prison bunk in March 2009. For the offense, 30 days were added to his sentence. The cult leader was again found with a cellphone in his cell Jan. 6, 2011.

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