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Ex-Charles Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Recommended For Parole

Ex-Charles Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Recommended For Parole

That doesn't mean she's out, but it's a big step toward that.

But after almost 40 years in prison, Van Houten could be a free woman after she was deemed suitable for parole. Brown rejected release previous year.

Van Houten has candidly described her experience with the "Manson Family". She has now appeared for 21 parole hearings. Then, she picked up a butcher knife and stabbed the woman more than a dozen times.

The parole decision will now be reviewed by the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, who may decide to modify, approve or uphold the decision, and in case any action isn't taken, Van Houten's parole would stand.

The killings took place a day after other so-called Manson family members murdered Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, and four others in crimes that shocked the world.

Nearly 50 years after committing the murders which resulted in a life sentence, Leslie Van Houten, is up for parole. Manson, now 82, remains behind bars.

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"I feel absolutely terrible about it, and I have spent most of my life trying to find ways to live with it", Leslie told the two-member panel during her parole hearing. "I don't find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself", Van Houten said. She was part of the group that entered the LaBiancas' home, and she held Rosemary down while Charles "Tex" Watson stabbed Leno.

Members of both the Tate and La Bianca families have argued against parole for Van Houten, or for any Manson follower.

She was only 19-years-old when she was a follower in Manson's cult.

A troubled teen, Van Houten was using LSD and marijuana and had become pregnant by the age of 17.

The board approved Van Houten's parole request again saying she has done everything she can to rehabilitate herself, earning a bachelor's and master's degree. "I was one of them that could not leave", said Share, who added Manson threatened to have her tortured and killed if she tried.


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