Only in California, right? Please tell me why, after almost 50 years, the state of California thinks it’s ok to set free a cold blooded murderer.
Manson follower, who brutally murdered Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their home on Aug. 9, 1969, will now have her case reviewed by the governor.
The Chicago Tribune had this:
Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Mason’s murderous followers, was granted parole by a California board Wednesday.
Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Manson during a series of murders that terrorized Los Angeles over the summer of 1969, appeared before a parole panel for the 21st time.
The decision now goes through a process of review in which Gov. Jerry Brown may uphold, reverse or modify the decision. He could also send the matter to the full Board of Parole Hearings, or take no action, in which case the parole decision would stand.
A similar panel at the California Institution for Women in Chino, where Van Houten is incarcerated, granted her parole last year but was overruled by the governor.
Van Houten has candidly described how she joined several other members of the “Manson Family” in killing Los Angeles grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their home on Aug. 9, 1969.
NPR adds this:
On the night of the attack nearly five decades ago, she said she held Rosemary LaBianca down with a pillowcase over her head as others stabbed her dozens of times. Then, ordered by Manson disciple Charles “Tex” Watson to “do something,” she picked up a butcher knife and stabbed the woman more than a dozen times.
Van Houten, who was 19 at the time, was not with Manson followers the night before when they killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others during a similar bloody rampage.
Because she has been a model prisoner, Van Houten’s attorneys have argued that it’s time she be released. Many others, including the families of the victims, oppose her release.
Sorry folks. Being a model prisoner and advancing age, does not qualify you for freedom after murdering innocent people.