Manson 'family' member recommended for parole in California

Youngest ex-Manson follower asks for parole in 1969 murder


UPDATE: (Reuters) - Leslie Van Houten, a former follower of Charles Manson, was recommended for parole on Thursday, officials said.

Van Houten, 66, has been serving a life sentence for the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were stabbed to death in their Los Angeles home on Aug. 9, 1969.

EARLIER: Leslie Van Houten, a follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, planned to seek parole for the 21st time on Thursday for her role in the group's infamous 1969 killing spree, state records show.

Van Houten, 66, has been serving a life sentence for the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were stabbed to death in their Los Angeles home on Aug. 9, 1969.

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The killers used the victims' blood to write "Rise," "Death to Pigs" and "Healter-Skelter," a misspelled reference to a Beatles song, on the walls and a refrigerator door.

The hearing for Van Houten, whose previous requests for parole have been denied, was set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The parole board's decisions are generally made the same day as the hearing, said Jeffrey Callison, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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FILE - This March 29, 1971, file photo shows Leslie Van Houten in a Los Angeles lockup. The youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson will ask a state panel to recommend her for parole. Van Houten, who is now 69, is scheduled for a parole hearing Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at the California Institute for Women. Van Houten was previously recommended for parole twice by a state panel but former California Gov. Jerry Brown blocked her release. (AP Photo, File)
Charles Manson followers, from left: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, shown walking to court in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 20, 1970., to appear for their roles in the 1969 cult killings of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. (AP Photo/George Brich)
Leslie Van Houten, looking despondent, peers through the window of the sheriff's car taking her back to jail in Los Angeles after a judge declared a mistrial on her retrial of murder charges in the 1969 deaths of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Aug. 6, 1977. The jury reportedly was split even for first degree murder charges and five favoring manslaughter. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)
Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is led to the courtroom in Los Angeles in which a jury found her guilty again of first degree murder and conspiracy in the 1969 Tate LaBianca killings, July 6, 1978. It was the third time Van Houten had been tried for the murders. The man with Miss Van Houten is unidentified. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Leslie Van Houten, a Charles Manson follower, sits in court during her parole hearing at the California Institution for Women at Frontera, Calif., May 22, 1986. The hearing was abruptly recessed and no decision was made after parole board members conceded they had failed to give her attorney adequate notice that the hearing was to take place. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Leslie Van Houten reacts to hearing that the three-member parole panel had denied her seventh bid for parole in Frontera, Calif., July 30, 1987. Ms. Van Houten, the homecoming princess who killed for Charles Manson, was also told that the parole board would not consider her for release again for three years. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
CORONA, CA - JUNE 28: Sheron Lawin (L), a member of the Board of Prison Terms commissioners, listens to Leslie Van Houten (R), after her parole was denied 28 June 2002 at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California. Van Houten, 53, has served over 30 years in prison for her involvement in the Tate-LaBianca killings. Van Houten's attorney Christie Webb is at center. (Photo credit should read DAMIAN DOVARGANES/AFP/Getty Images)
Leslie Van Houten headshot, convicted in Tate-LaBianca murders, at parole hearing, photo
CORONA, CA - JUNE 28: Leslie Van Houten expresses remorse in the killings of the LaBianca couple to members of the Board of Prison Terms commissioners during her parole hearing 28 June 2002 at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Califonia. Van Houten, 52, who has served over 30 years in prison for her involvement in the Tate-La Bianca killings, was denied parole. (Photo credit should read DAMIAN DOVARGANES/AFP/Getty Images)
CORONA, CA - JUNE 28: Former district attorney Stephen Kay shows how Leslie Van Houten held a knife as he addresses members of the Board of Prison Terms commissioners during a parole hearing 28 June 2002, at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California. Van Houten was convicted for her role in the Manson family's 1969 murders of Leno LaBianca, a wealthy grocery store owner, and his wife, Rosemary. At right is Angela Smaldino, niece of the La Bianca couple. Prosecutors said Van Houten stabbed Rosemary between 14-16 times in the back, although Van Houten has maintained Rosemary was already dead when she began stabbing her. Van Houten was denied parole by the board. (Photo credit should read DAMIAN DOVARGANES/AFP/Getty Images)
Leslie Van Houten reacts after she was denied parole 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, her history of drug abuse when a teenager, and a tendency to form "destructive relationships. REUTERS/Damian Dovarganes/POOL DD/SV
Leslie Van Houten waits for the start of her parole board hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson's murderous followers, was granted parole by a California board Wednesday. (Stan Lim/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool)
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2017 file photo Leslie Van Houten reacts after hearing she is eligible for parole during a hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif. Charles Manson follower Van Houten is getting another chance at getting out of prison. Van Houten’s attorney will argue that she deserves to be paroled at a hearing before California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. The 69-year-old Van Houten is not expected in court herself. (Stan Lim/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)
Leslie Van Houten appears during her parole hearing Wednesday June 5, 2013, at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif. Houten was denied parole. A California panel rejected Van Houten's bid for release from state prison Wednesday at her 20th parole hearing. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten confers with her attorney Rich Pfeiffer, not shown, during a break from her hearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif., Thursday, April 14, 2016. A California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult members went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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Van Houten was found guilty of the LaBianca murders in 1971 and sentenced to death but that conviction and sentence were overturned on appeal. She was retried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1978.

Manson became one of the 20th century's most infamous criminals in the summer of 1969, when he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war between whites and blacks.

Among the victims was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. She was stabbed 16 times by members of the cult in the early-morning hours of Aug. 9, 1969.

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American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. The wife of film director Roman Polanski, Tate was murdered by followers of Charles Manson on 8th August 1969. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Sharon Tate (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Headshot of Sharon Tate (1943-1969), US actress, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Sharon Tate (1943-1969), US actress, wearing metallic disc sleeveless top, with a scoop neckline, in an exterior portrait, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), wearing a nightgown, faces herself in a mirror while pouring prescription pills into the palm of her hand in a still from the film, 'Valley of the Dolls,' directed by Mark Robson, 1967. (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Courtesy Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1967: Photo of Sharon Tate Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
A contact sheet of portraits of American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: The American Actress Sharon Tate, Wife Of The French Film Director Roman Polanski, In 1969. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Pregnant film star Sharon Tate in the back of a taxi in London with baby's booties on her hands, 6th August 1969. This picture was taken three days before she was murdered.(Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
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Four other people were killed at Tate's home that night by the Manson followers but Van Houten was not involved in the Tate murders.

Manson, now 81, is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison in California for the seven Tate-LaBianca killings and the murder of another man, Gary Hinman, in July 1969. He repeatedly has been denied parole.

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The three female defendants in the Tate/LaBianca murder trial leave the Los Angeles courtroom after being convicted of first degree murder, 25th January 1971. From left to right, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins and Leslie Van Houten were found guilty of the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other people, in collaboration with Charles Manson. (Photo by Bride Lane Library/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
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