Youngest Manson Follower Up For Parole

    June 5, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson’s followers, is up for parole for the 20th time today at a California hearing.

Van Houten played a part in the vicious killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca during the summer of 1969, just one day after the slaying of pregnant Sharon Tate and four of her friends. The murders stunned the community, then the country as everyone watched the story of Manson and his disciples unfold on television. It was later recounted in the enormously successful book “Helter Skelter”.

At just 19, Van Houten was the youngest in the group. Now, after 44 years in prison, she says she takes responsibility for what she did but has changed from the girl she was.

“She is living a life of amends for her crime on a daily basis,” attorney Michael Satris said. “Everything she does now is to be of service and benefit to the world. She just wants to be as good of a person as she can be. And it would be a matter of grace if the parole board would bestow on her the chance to accomplish this on the outside.”

However, after being denied parole 19 times before, many don’t hold expect that Van Houten will ever see freedom again, and that’s the way they want it. Members of the victims’ families are expected to travel to California to oppose her parole.

  • Essie Gerald

    America is addicted to punishment. A 19 yr old girl involved with drugs and Manson could not possibly have realized what she was doing — and she herself did not kill anyone. Let this poor woman out of prison! Worse criminals have been let go a lot sooner.

  • AnonymouseIsAWoman

    I think she should be paroled. She’s a bit old to commit further crimes, and it is very expensive to keep her in prison. Had the Manson Family killed poor people, they would have been released in five to ten years.

  • http://newbizshop.com derek

    Drug dealers and gang members do less time then her crime. lol

    She killed no one but was involved. Serving 44 years should of taught her a lesson as she never got a chance to grow up after being brainwashed by a physco path.

    America’s prison system is bad. More dangerous people serve less time these day’s.