Manson follower Leslie Van Houten granted parole by state board

Angelo Anderson
September 7, 2017

Murderous Manson family member Leslie Van Houten, now 68, was granted parole by a California board on Wednesday.

Van Houten admitted previous year during a parole hearing that she helped to hold down Rosemary LaBianca, and then proceeded to stab the woman more than a dozen times, Fox News reported.

Her attorneys argue that she was only 19 when she took part in the crimes and that she has been a model prisoner.

The parole determination will undergo a 150-day review process, at which time it will be reviewed by state officials.

Gov. Jerry Brown must now once again decide whether to release her from prison after 40 years. According to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a review of legal issues will be conducted during the first 120 days, and if the recommendation stands, it will be sent to the governor, who has 30 days to uphold, reverse or modify the decision, or send it back to the full Board of Parole Hearings for a more thorough review.

Photo of Leslie Van Houten circa 1977 from the Herald-Examiner Collection, via the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.

Manson, also serving a life sentence, directed Van Houten and his other mostly young, female followers - known as the Manson Family - to murder seven people in August 1969 in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war between whites and blacks.

But Brown overruled that decision, finding that Van Houten had yet to fully account for her willingness to participate in the murders and remained a danger to society.

"Do you know if Leslie succumbed to Manson's control?"

"Do I know? I believe so". She was stabbed 16 times by cult members. "The thing with me is I would sometimes hesitate or say something back".

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