A parole panel from California (USA) recommended this Tuesday for the fifth time that Leslie Van Houten, The youngest member of the murderous cult ‘The Manson Family’, to be released from prison, a request that had previously been rejected by two governors.
Van Houten, now 72, is serving a life sentence for collaborating with Charles Manson and other members of the sect in the stabbing of merchant Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary, which occurred in Los Angeles in August 1969, when he was 19 years old. .
The murders occurred a day after other members of ‘the family’, without the participation of Van Houten, kill seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant.
In April 2016, a panel of two parole commissioners recommended for the first time that she be released; however, that and subsequent recommendations were rejected by Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom, twice each.
Van Houten has been challenging Newsom’s latest rejection of his parole for a year, said his attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, adding that commissioners last Tuesday contemplated and responded to all the reasons the governors put forward to block his release. first four times. “That will make it more difficult for Governor Newsom to do it again, but he wants votes, so I anticipate that he will reject this request as well,” he said.
Newsom said last year that Van Houten follows “representing an unreasonable danger to society“in case of being released.
Meanwhile, the defenders of the accused assure that she has been an exemplary inmate, to the point that she obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in prison and has helped other inmates to admit their guilt.
‘The Manson Family’
Charles Manson was the leader of ‘The Manson Family’ and the mastermind behind the murders committed by that sect. The members were originally sentenced to death, but their sentences were later commuted to life sentences.
Van Houten met Manson through friends when he lived on an abandoned movie ranch outside of Los Angeles. There he recruited what he called a “family” to survive what he predicted would be a race war, which he planned to start by committing a series of frightening and random murders.
Manson died in 2017 of natural causes in a California hospital while serving a life sentence.