Manson Family Women Seek Parole After Decades Behind Bars
August 9, 2009
California (ChattahBox) – Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, the three women convicted in the Manson Family Murders, are asking to be released, one of them as she lies predominantly paralyzed due to brain cancer.
The women were responsible for a number of deaths under the direction of cult leader Charles Manson, including the eight-months pregnant Sharon Tate, back in 1969.
Manson was a racist who began gathering disciples in the late 60′s. An aspiring singer, he was well known in the hippie movement as being a charismatic man and performer.
After a time, he moved onto a ranch in the California desert, taking with him a number of dedicated followers that called him ‘Father’.
Believing he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, Manson and his followers spent their days getting high, having sex, and plotting around Manson’s violent and racist delusions.
One night, Manson told his followers that it was ‘time for Helter Skelter’. Named after a Beatles’ song that he believed contained a hidden prophesy of the coming Apocalypse, Helter Skelter was his plan to create a race war.
He instructed four of his followers, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, and Tex Watson, to butcher several high profile Hollywood people staying at Sharon Tate’s residence for a party.
The four killed Tate, her unborn child, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring, and Steven Parent.
The next night several members of The Family, including a few from the night before, as well as Manson himself, slaughtered Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
Leslie Van Houten is the one most likely to be released, as her terminal brain cancer has paralyzed her nearly completely. She is seeking ‘compassionate release’ so as to be in the company of her family during her last days.
But many high ranking officials, including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Cali) have contested her release, as well as that as that of the two other women, who are also seeking parole.
All three were originally given the death sentence, which was later commuted to life in prison.