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Manson Murderer's 'Disturbingly Distorted' Views Should Prevent Her Release From Prison, D.A. Says


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Governor Jerry Brown, Charles Manson, Leslie Van Houten )

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Past Member (2031)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 11:43 am
The Los Angeles County district attorney has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to deny parole for former Manson “family” member Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted along with other members of the cult in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

 

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 12:58 pm
All of them should die in prison...never let them out. Thanx Kristi.
 

Roger G (148)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 1:01 pm
noted, thanks
 

Solitary Eagle (324)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 1:56 pm
I'll be interested to see what the parole board decides. Thanks for posting. Kristi.
 

MmAway M (522)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 2:08 pm
Sweet Kristi ~ YOU have been missed going to read this!

BIG HUG!
 

Past Member (2031)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 9:11 pm
Thanks for noting this story. I had a difficult time submitting it. The words that I copied and pasted into my first comment was supposed to be next to the words "visit site" but after 2 or 3 times with it coming up blank I submitted it anyway.
 

MmAway M (522)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 9:21 pm
Here ya go darling I hope I am do not over stop!

In a letter dated Friday, Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey told the governor that she “strongly” opposed releasing Van Houten, calling her unsuitable for parole and a threat to public safety.
Grandson of Manson murder victim speaks out about possible Leslie van Houten parole

Tony LaMontagne says he and his family will fight the release of the woman who fatally stabbed his grandparents, Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.

Van Houten, 66, had been denied parole 19 times since being convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but a two-member review board in April recommended her release. Lacey said Van Houten continued to maintain “a disturbingly distorted view of Charles Manson.”

“She clearly lacks insight, genuine remorse, and an understanding of the magnitude of her crimes," Lacey wrote in the letter.
Los Angeles D.A. asks Gov. Brown to deny parole for convicted Manson murderer
Los Angeles D.A. asks Gov. Brown to deny parole for convicted Manson murderer

"The viciousness of the murders, the relationship of those murders to the effort to incite the 'Helter Skelter' race war, and Van Houten's attempts to minimize her criminal responsibility, make her an unreasonable risk of danger to society."

Van Houten’s lawyer, Rich Pfeiffer, said the district attorney’s letter was not honest. The letter often conflated his client’s narrative of the LaBianca killings during the parole hearing with how she currently views her conduct, he said.

Pfeiffer also said that Lacey took quotes from the parole hearing out of context.

In one part of the letter, Lacey took issue with how Van Houten described Manson: as a “myth” and “caricature of horror.” Such otherworldly or exaggerated language indicated she had no understanding of the magnitude of her crimes, Lacey wrote.

According to a transcript reviewed by The Times, the “myth” and “caricature” labels for Manson came from Van Houten’s replies to questions about how other people viewed Manson or if his name “invokes fear in people.”
Where are they now? Charles Manson's family, four decades after horrific murder spree
Where are they now? Charles Manson's family, four decades after horrific murder spree

Lacey also faulted Van Houten for trying to “manipulate” the parole board by hiding that a psychological assessment submitted to the board came from a longtime friend.

Pfeiffer, however, said a friend of Van Houten who is a medical professional wrote a letter on her behalf and he disputed that it was a clinical assessment.

He faulted Lacey for omitting what Deputy Commissioner Nga Lam said at the end of the hearing: 17 doctors had concluded Van Houten represented a low risk to an extremely low risk of violence if released from prison.

The parole recommendation is still under administrative review until mid-August. If upheld, it will be forwarded to Brown, who has until mid-September to either accept or reverse the parole board’s decision.
 

MmAway M (522)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 9:24 pm
This news was always important to me.
 

Past Member (2031)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 9:27 pm
Thanks MmAway M.
 

Kay M (46)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 2:06 pm
Good afternoon and thank you for this article - which i read and noted - also THE COMMENTS FROM YOU ALL ARE OUTSTANDING - we need to send signatures and petitions to this parole board-- stating NEVER---NEVER---NEVER ---RELEASE ANY OF THESE MURDERING CRAZY MEN AND WOMAN---THEY ARE where they need to be ---behind bars for the rest of their lives----the general public never needs to be exposed to these criminals ever--- sincerely KAY M.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 4:46 pm
Hopefully that sub-human of a deranged woman will rot in her cell til death where she belongs. thx Kristi
 

Dawnie W (250)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:25 am
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Past Member (2031)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 4:37 pm
Thanks to everyone who noted this story!
 
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