Governor cancels parole of Manson disciple Leslie Van Houten

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LOS ANGELES – California Governor Gavin Newson has quashed the parole of Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, marking the fourth time a governor has blocked his release.

A California panel recommended parole in July for Van Houten, who spent nearly five decades in prison. Newsom has canceled her release once before and her predecessor Jerry Brown has blocked her twice.

Van Houten’s attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, said they would appeal Newsom’s decision.

“This reversal will demonstrate to the courts that there is no way Newsom can let her out,” Pfeiffer said. “So they have to apply the law, otherwise it will never be applied.”

Van Houten is serving a life sentence for helping Manson and others kill Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, in August 1969. Van Houten was 19 when she and other members of the sect fatally stabbed the LaBiancas and coated the couple’s blood on the walls. .

The day before, other Manson followers, not including Van Houten, killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others.

Newsom said in its ruling that “the evidence shows that she currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison. ”

Pfeiffer had unsuccessfully requested his release in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2017, during his parole hearing, Van Houten opened up about her childhood, including being devastated by her parents’ divorce at the age of 14, using drugs and running away with it. a boyfriend at the age of 17. coast.

Manson lived on the outskirts of Los Angeles with the “family” he had recruited to survive a racial war that he said would trigger random and horrific murders.

Manson died in 2017 of natural causes in a California hospital while serving a life sentence.

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