Leslie Van Houten Back When She Was Still a Dedicated Manson Girl
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Famous Prisoners: One of the Manson Girls Wants Parole… Incarcerated Since the Age of 19

Leslie Van Houten was a 19-year-old teen when she became one of the murdering Manson Girls of 1969. The famous prisoner is begging for release from CIW.

Houten is now 68 years old. She’s incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Corona, CA. This would be the 21st time the former Manson Girl would appear before a parole panel for possible release from prison.

Leslie Van Houten - Then and Now: As a Manson Girl (left) As a Famous Prisoner (right)
Leslie Van Houten – Then and Now: As a Manson Girl (left) As a Famous Prisoner (right)

Leslie was recruited into the Charles Mason Family Cult in the late 60s as one of his now-infamous Manson Girls . She and others had considered Manson a kind of Christ figure and a religious leader. She dropped out of school after her parents’ divorce and joined the Manson Family as a dedicated cult follower.

She was the youngest Manson follower in the group.

Leslie Van Houten Regrets Becoming One of the Manson Girls

Leslie Van Houten Back When She Was Still a Dedicated Manson Girl
Leslie Van Houten Back When She Was Still a Dedicated Manson Girl

Together with other Manson followers, the Manson Family killed multiple people in Los Angeles, CA that summer of 1969. One of them was Leno La Bianca, a well-to-do grocer in Los Angeles, and his wife Rosemary La Bianca. Both were killed in their home on August 9, 1969.

Houten recalled that she helped the Manson Family hold down Rosemary when she was stabbed fatally. She also used a knife to stab Rosemary herself several times until the victim died.

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The famous prisoner confessed at a parole hearing in 2016 that she regrets ever participating in the Manson cult killings.

She truly regrets ever becoming one of the Manson Girls.

Hollywood actress Sharon Tate was killed by the cult the night before they killed the La Biancas.

Houten, however, did not go with the group when Sharon Tate was murdered, along with her four houseguests. The actress had been pregnant at the time of the murders.

Thousands Express Sincere Desires To Parole Leslie Van Houten

Former Manson Girl Susan Atkins Died in Prison in September 2009.
Former Manson Girl Susan Atkins Died in Prison in September 2009.

Having spent over 40 years in prison, Houten has earned college degrees in prison and become a model inmate. She will appear before a parole panel on Wednesday to prove she is truly reformed. She would have been paroled in 2016, but Gov. Jerry Brown overruled it.

Charles Manson himself is still in prison and is now 82 years old. Most of his original cult followers remain incarcerated in prison. One of them, Susan Atkins, died behind bars in 2009.

A number of witnesses testified to Houten’s total transformation. A large number of people from outside the prison gates have also interacted with her and noted her reformation. Thousands of people in the outside world wish that the famous prisoner would be given a chance at freedom.

Catherine Share is another incarcerated Charles Manson follower. She did not take part in the killings. Share testified recently to Houten’s transformation in prison.

As one of the former Manson Girls, Catherine Share said fear of reprisals from the other cult members kept them from leaving the group. Share joins thousands of people everywhere that ask that Leslie Van Houten be given parole.

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Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.

Charles Omedo

Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.