California Governor Jerry Brown has blocked Manson family killer Leslie Van Houten’s parole — for the second time.
In September 2017, the parole board ruled Van Houten was suitable for parole, but Governor Brown has now reversed the parole board’s recommendation that she be released.
Brown wrote that he factored in Van Houten’s youth at the time of the crime and her more than 40 years as a model prisoner into his decision. “However,” he wrote, “these factors are outweighed by negative factors that demonstrate she remains unsuitable for parole.”
Brown stated in his decision that he believes that Van Houten, despite stating that she accepts full responsibility for her role in the crime, is still blaming Charles Manson. He wrote that Van Houten “still shifted blame for her own actions onto Manson to some extent.”
Van Houten will continue to serve a life sentence for her role in the brutal murders of wealthy grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary. The LaBiancas were stabbed to death one day after other Manson followers killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people at her residence on Cielo Drive in Los Angeles.
At her hearing, Van Houten described how she joined several other members of the group in killing the LaBiancas and smearing their blood on the walls. She reportedly stabbed Rosemary LaBianca in the back at least 14 times.
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Main photo: Leslie Van Houten [California Department of Corrections]