Thursday, 21 September, 2017

One Of The Manson Family Murderers Has Been Granted Parole

Leslie Van Houten youngest member of the Charles Manson Leslie Van Houten youngest member of the Charles Manson"Family
Lamar Ellis | 08 September, 2017, 02:00

Van Houten was 19 years old when she murdered for Manson during a series of murders in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969. That doesn't mean she's out, but it's a big step toward that. Last year, a similar panel granted her parole but was overruled by the governor. "They were all better people than this one, and they don't get a parole or release or get to be with their friends and family again", she said. He could also send the matter to the full Board of Parole Hearings, or take no action, in which case the parole decision would stand. The LA Times reports that her release has been strongly opposed by the families of the victims, among others. The decision on Wednesday by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation starts a 150-day review process that will likely culminate in a final decision by Brown.

Over two nights in August 1969, Manson's ragtag band of followers killed seven people, including actress Sharon Tate. Jerry Brown, who reversed another panel's ruling past year.

Van Houten, Manson and three others were convicted and sentenced to death, but after the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty, their sentences were commuted to life in prison.

At the hearing, Van Houten spoke about pinning down Rosemary La Bianca and stabbing her multiple times.

Members of both the Tate and La Bianca families have argued against parole for Van Houten, or for any Manson follower.

A troubled teen, Van Houten was using LSD and marijuana and had become pregnant by the age of 17. "I don't find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself".

Share ended her testimony by saying that she regretted encouraging Houten to join the cult.

One year after rejecting her parole the first time, California Gov.

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