Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Recommended for Parole, But Gov. Brown Has Final Say

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

The decision now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who denied Van Houten’s parole in 2016.

A former Monrovia homecoming princess, Van Houten was 19 when she took part in the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in 1969. Van Houten is now 68, and has spent the last 47 years behind bars. She has now appeared for 21 parole hearings.

Van Houten was the youngest member of the Manson family, which was also responsible for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others the day before the LaBianca killings.

In recommending parole in 2016, the Board of Parole Hearings found that Van Houten had been a model prisoner, had taken responsibility for her crimes, and had taken steps to better herself behind bars.

But Brown overruled that decision, finding that Van Houten had yet to fully account for her willingness to participate in the murders and remained a danger to society. Van Houten’s attorneys argued that Brown was bowing to political pressure.

Brown has also denied parole on four occasions to Bruce Davis, another Manson follower.

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  1. Leslie C. Rossi says:

    Keep her in prison.

  2. Fool Me Twice says:

    Her attorney is a fool. Jerry Brown will never let her out.

  3. It’s really easy to be a model prisoner when there aren’t any sharp knives at hand with which to butcher fellow inmates. That was 48 years ago, and she’s lived all of them. Was originally found guilty by a jury of her peers and then sentenced to death. But one evening, California got drunk and eliminated the death penalty. Later it was reinstated but Van Houten was not returned to death row. The LaBianca’s would have loved to live an additonal 48 years, but they couldn’t, thanks to this murderer. Life without parole means just that…No Parole!

  4. brenda says:

    Let Van Houten be freed ….. She is not a danger to society and fully understands what she did… And I believe she has atoned for her part in the crimes….

  5. It Boggles The Mind says:

    The penal system in California is broken. It is absurd that she, Manson, Sirhan Sirhan and people like them should have parole hearings. They put the families and survivors of violent crime through so much pain every time they come up for parole – now that’s inhumane.

  6. Deborah Loveless says:

    IMHO The participants in these brutal heinous crimes do not deserve to EVER be free of incarceration regardless of Good behavior etc. Though I believe many crimes and situations resulting in crimes deserve a fair chance of pardoning; the participants and followers of Manson and the heinous crimes committed by them do not deserve any such hint of a pardon!

  7. DLewis says:

    Governor, please leave that woman in prison. Their crimes were brutal and definitely not deserving of a second chance at freedom. Her victims, including an unborn child, can never have a second chance to be reborn and live a productive life. It’s good that she is working hard and very positive in jail, but unfortunately that’s where she needs to continue to stay.

    • Dana says:

      Besides,she got the death sentence, and, wasn’t it just renewed , so she would be first in line.
      Why has the public been paying for a (and others) killer that got the death sentence to live for 50 yrs with food and a place to sleep while the disadvantaged
      live on the streets.

      • Dana says:

        California’s Annual Cost to … an average of about $71,000 per year to incarcerate an inmate in prison in California………….

  8. Rhondasue says:

    she didn’t care when she was killing that poor pregnant Sharon Tate,or any of the others she helped kill she should stay in prison

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I agree a murder never changes no matter if she regretes or not she committed a horrible crimes under manson’s madness in August 1969 and killed 9 innocent victims and she derseves be in jail for the rest of her life and I hoe they never release her and hope that governor jerry browe denies her parole.

  10. Jimmy Green says:

    She needs to die in jail.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I agree after murder never changes no matter if regret or not she committed a horrible crimes under manson’s madness in August 1969 derseves be in jail

      • Dana says:

        Studies have shown also that the dementation starts in childhood, a brain defect, not knowing right from wrong, or having the torture instinct.

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