Leslie Van Houten, a follower of Charles Manson, who was jailed at the age of 19, for first-degree murder for the fatal stabbings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, and of conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Parent, and Jay Sebring.
She recalls her interaction with the followers of Manson when she was traveling towards the Californian coast. Charles Manson, the serial killer, who had his own notions and theory towards the future of the human race, had organized a ‘family’, which had the same belief system and would take forward the ideology.
The fanatic’s belief of an imminent war’s breaking involved embarking on a series of rogue murders across Los Angeles. It was one of the most horrendous sprees of murders in 1969 and certain following years that took place. Manson passed away in 2017 while serving his life sentence.
Leslie was sentenced to death in 1971 following the incident, however, it was later reversed and she was sentenced to life imprisonment. Now the 72-year-old has applied for parole, for the fifth time, after she was recommended for it by the Parole Board. However, it is a very hopeful exercise as it may likely face rejection at the hands of Governor Newsom.
The parole recommendation shall anyway be followed by a 150-day review process, before reaching the Governor’s desk.