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HELTER SKELTER: Leslie Van Houten, Charles Manson Follower, Granted Parole 

Leslie Van Houten, 19, a member of Charles Manson's "family" who is charged with the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, is escorted by two deputy sheriffs as she leaves the courtroom in Los Angeles, Dec. 19, 1969 after a brief hearing at which time she was appointed a new attorney. The court appointed Marvin Part to represented Ms. Van Houten after her previous attorney said she and her family could not pay his fees. (AP Photo/George Brich)

Van Houten was convicted of two of the Tate-LaBianca murders, that of grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary.

For the first time, the California state parole board has voted to free one of the principal accomplices of Charles Manson in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.

Leslie Van Houten was granted parole in her 21st request before the board at the California Institution for Women, which sent the recommendation on to the governor.

29 Mar 1971, Los Angeles, California, USA --- Susan Denise Atkins, (left), Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten,(right), laugh after receiving the death sentence for their part in the Tate-LaBianca killing at the order of Charles Manson. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

29 Mar 1971, Los Angeles, California, USA — Susan Denise Atkins, (left), Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten,(right), laugh after receiving the death sentence for their part in the Tate-LaBianca killing at the order of Charles Manson. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

However, Van Houten is not free yet — Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014 vetoed the parole board recommendation that Manson “Family” member Bruce Davis be paroled for his role in another murder that was not part of the sensational 1971 trial that gripped America.

Leslie Van Houten listens during her parole hearing in Corona, California, June 28, 2002. A California state parole board said Van Houten, 52, who has spent 30 years in prison for one of the most shocking killing sprees in U.S. history, should not be paroled because of the "calculated pre-planned manner" of her crime. - RTXLCMK

Leslie Van Houten listens during her parole hearing in Corona, California, June 28, 2002. A California state parole board said Van Houten, 52, who has spent 30 years in prison for one of the most shocking killing sprees in U.S. history, should not be paroled because of the “calculated pre-planned manner” of her crime

Van Houten was convicted of two of the Tate-LaBianca murders, that of wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary.

19 Jun 1970, Santa Monica, California, USA --- "I Don't Have Any Guilt" said long-haired hippie chieftain Charles Manson, 35, in brief press conference in courtroom here, June 18, where a hearing to continue proceedings in the murder case of musician Dary Hinman was held. Manson's trial for the slaying of actress Sharon Tate and four others last August 9th, and the killing of a wealthy supermarket chain owner and his wife the day after the Tate murder, began this week and forced postponement of the Hinman case. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

19 Jun 1970, Santa Monica, California, USA — “I Don’t Have Any Guilt” said long-haired hippie chieftain Charles Manson, 35, in brief press conference in courtroom here, June 18, where a hearing to continue proceedings in the murder case of musician Dary Hinman was held. Manson’s trial for the slaying of actress Sharon Tate and four others last August 9th, and the killing of a wealthy supermarket chain owner and his wife the day after the Tate murder, began this week and forced postponement of the Hinman case. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Van Houten acknowledged holding down Mrs. LaBianca with a pillow and an electrical cord while other “Family” members stabbed her. At her trial, where Van Houten was originally sentenced to death, she happily described stabbing Mrs. LaBianca herself post-mortem.

“I don’t let myself off the hook. I don’t find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself,” she told the parole board panel now.

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Van Houten was not at the previous night’s attack, at which actress Sharon Tate and her houseguests were killed in a grisly manner that Manson hoped would incite revolution against the “pigs” based on his interpretation of the Beatles song “Helter Skelter.”

Both LaBiancas were stabbed dozens of times, as an object lesson for revolutionaries, and the word “war” was carved into Leno LaBianca’s body.

Along with Manson and fellow cult members Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins, Van Houten was sentenced to death after a sensational trial…(read more)

Source: Washington Times

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