California Governor Denies Parole Application for Manson Family Assassin

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom denied parole on Tuesday to Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who is serving a life sentence for the 1969 stabbing death of a Los Angeles couple with knives and a fork.

 

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Newsom’s decision overturned a panel’s recommendation that Van Houten, 72, be released after being imprisoned for half a century.

In his refusal letter, Newsom stated that she “currently constitutes an undue danger to society if released from prison at this time.” The governor noted that Van Houten had “shown increased maturity and rehabilitation” in prison, but warned that “gaps in insight” continue to put the public at risk.

 

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Van Houten was a 19-year-old runaway when she assisted other cult members in killing stabbing Los Angeles grocery store owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, at Manson’s command.

 

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According to trial testimony, the murderers used a carving fork to write the word “WAR” on Leno LaBianca’s stomach as he lay dying from 26 stab wounds. The Manson acolytes then scribbled “Death to Pigs” on the walls with the couple’s blood.

Without Van Houten, Manson followers had murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others at her house in Benedict Canyon the day before.

Since 1982, Van Houten has had 21 parole hearings, with five panels recommending her release since 2016. Each of her attempts for freedom has been rejected by both Newsom and her predecessor, Jerry Brown.

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Rich Pfeiffer, Van Houten’s attorney, claimed his client had a clean jail record and accused Newsom of obstructing her parole due to fears about his own “political future.” Van Houten, he noted, was a “nice person.”

While serving a life sentence, Manson died of natural causes in 2017.

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