CHARLES Manson’s “follower” Leslie Van Houten has been behind bars for nearly five decades.
The former Manson cult member and killer was recommended for parole a total of five times during his entire prison term, with the same result each time.
Who is Leslie Van Houten?
Leslie Van Houten is an American convicted murderer and former “follower” of the iconic Charles Manson family.
She is also known by various aliases such as Louella Alexandria, Leslie Marie Sanxton, Linda Sue Owens and Lulu.
After her parents divorced when she was 14, she began using drugs and ran away from home.
Shortly thereafter, she became pregnant and was allegedly forced by her mother to have a late abortion and bury the child’s body in their garden.
Van Houten was able to graduate from high school and move to a town in northern California, eventually making her way to Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco.
How did she end up with Charles Manson?
While in San Francisco, Van Houten met Katherine Charest and Bobby Beausoleil, both aspiring musicians.
All three moved to Southern California in 1969 and teamed up with a 35-year-old “apprentice” musician named Charles Manson.
Van Houten became infatuated with Manson and completely cut off contact with his family.
She, along with others, became part of the Manson family and is said to have lived at Spahn Ranch in the California desert.
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Did she kill someone?
Van Houten was arrested and charged with the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in 1969.
She was tasked by Manson to enter the couple’s home and kill them along with Tex Watson and Patricia Krenwinkle.
Watson reportedly tried to strangle Rosemary, but she managed to grab the lamp and throw it at Van Houten.
Van Houten reportedly held Rosemary, and Krenwinkle stabbed her several times in the chest.
The knife apparently got stuck in Rosemary’s collarbone, and Van Houten turned to Watson for help.
Watson had previously killed Leno by stabbing him several times while he was tied up in the living room.
Van Houten allegedly stabbed Rosemary in the lower back and buttocks over a dozen times.
Shortly thereafter, she was arrested and cooperated with the authorities in the murder of LaBiancas.
Van Houten admitted to having first-hand knowledge of the LaBianca murders during police questioning.
Van Houten was convicted of the LaBianca murder in 1970.
She was originally sentenced to death, but was commuted to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
When her original sentence was overturned in 1978, she was reconvicted and reconvicted for the same crime.
Was Leslie Van Houten released on parole?
His applications for parole were denied four times despite his “good behavior” in prison.
Gov. Gavin Newsom blocked the request, saying, “Evidence shows that she is currently an unreasonable danger to society if she is released from prison. »
His attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, told The Associated Press that he would appeal Newsom’s decision.
“This decision will demonstrate to the courts that there is no way Newsom can release her,” Pfeiffer said.
“So they have to enforce the law, otherwise it will never be respected. »
On March 29, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom denied Van Houten’s fifth request for parole.
According to the Los Angeles Times, in Newsom’s review of former cult member Manson’s parole, he said that Van Houten “is currently an unreasonable danger to society if he is released from prison at this time.”
The killer’s lawyer, Rich Pfeiffer, defended his client and said: “We are not fighting for Leslie to be a good person. She has proven this through her actions for half a century. »
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