Leslie Van Houten was the youngest member of the Manson’s murder cult. She was caught together with her gang when she was 19-year-old. After more than 40 years in prison and 21 appearances in front of the court, she received parole for the second time. However, it is still uncertain if governor Jerry Brown will grant the youngest Manson member her temporary release this time.
The Youngest Manson Member Asked the Panel for Permanent Release as She Claimed She Is Reformed
Van Houten is now 68, but she was 19 when she started killing for the Manson family. On Wednesday, she was present at her scheduled meeting with the two-person board that held her freedom in their hands. She pleaded for her permanent release from the prison. Her claims that backed up the request regarded the fact that she was now reformed and deserves her freedom back after 47 years spent in captivity.
The panel granted her only temporary release. However, this doesn’t mean that Van Houten will soon be out of prison. California governor Jerry Brown has 120 days at his disposal to endorse or not this decision. His word will be final, and the fate of the Manson member will be settled.
Last year, the youngest Manson member received her first clearance for a temporary release. However, governor Jerry Brown overruled this decision, and the prisoner remained in captivity. This time, the panel listened for two hours how she can respond to Brown’s last year concerns that made him annul her parole.
For 40 years of prison, Van Houten has been a disciplinary inmate. She confessed she went through therapy to better understand her past. She recalled her teenage period and how devastated her parents’ divorce made her feel.
Relatives of the Deceased LaBianca Couple Asked the Panel Never to Release Van Houten
She started doing drugs. At one point Van Houten ran away with her boyfriend only to return bearing a child at the age of 17. Her mother forced her into an abortion. They buried the unborn fetus into the backyard.
This episode made her vulnerable, and some friends directed her towards Charles Manson. They told her that the petty criminal was looking to form his own family in order to survive an upcoming race war. A group of alienated youngsters started considering Manson like some sort of a Christ. They knew he would be the creator of the future chaos by committing random murders.
Van Houten took part in the second and last night only of clan Manson’s murders. She actively participated in the killing of grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. Relatives of the deceased couple were present at the hearing. They demanded authorities to never listen to Van Houten as she is a narcissist type who can’t comprehend the damages she has inflicted.
Nonetheless, thanks to her exemplary behavior in prison the panel decided that the youngest Manson member earned herself a limited release. The members of the panel urged the governor to obey the law and grant Van Houten her parole.
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