Manson Family Member Leslie Van Houten Granted Parole By State Board

Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Granted Parole by State Board; Decision Subject to 150-Day Review Process

A panel on Wednesday recommended for the second time that Leslie Van Houten, a follower of Charles Manson, be granted parole.

Murderous Manson family member Leslie Van Houten, now 68, was granted parole by a California board on Wednesday.

Brown agreed a year ago when he denied Van Houten's parole.

Four other people were stabbed or shot to death at Tate's home in August, 1969, by Manson's followers, who scrawled the word "Pig" in blood on the front door before leaving.

Being the youngest defendant at the original trial that took place, it was speculated that Van Houten could receive a recommendation for mercy, which she subsequently lost as she giggled during the testimony about the murders.

Van Houten is serving a life sentence for stabbing to death Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their Los Angeles home on August 10, 1969. Last year, Van Houten was also granted parole, only to have Brown overturn the decision.

August 20, 1970: Susan Atkins, left, Patricia Krenwinkel, center, and Leslie Van Houten, right, walk to court to appear for their roles in 1969 Charles Manson cult killings of seven people. Van Houten was granted parole in 2016, That decision was reversed by the Governor. Almost five decades ago, she said she held Rosemary down with a pillowcase over her head as others stabbed her dozens of times.


Van Houten has candidly described her experience with the "Manson Family".

However, regardless of that, the families of the Manson Family victims have been strongly opposed to her release.

This is not the first time that Van Houten's parole is hanging by a thread.

"I don't let myself off the hook". She also mentioned how Manson threatened to have her (Share) tortured and killed if she tried to leave.

Van Houten has testified that she joined Manson's cult, dropped out of school and started doing drugs from the trauma of her parents' divorce and her teen pregnancy.

Charles Manson's youngest follower is up against California's governor once again after she was recently granted parole.

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