Leslie van Houten Today


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  1. Hi all,
    I gotta say, that, if people these days knew the mentality of many of the teens and some in their twenties, in the late 60’s, they would have a better understanding of a girl such as Leslie.
    She had no intention of hurting anyone. However, the circumstances of the day, that is, those ‘hip’ movements, shall we say, really had a uniqueness that you had to have been there to see.
    I was.
    So many kids searching for something, as in, to believe in that they thought was a ‘new, enlightening way,’ and was cool.
    So, some of them found a play land with kids in their general age group and so, you had a ‘group mentality’ to live by and with.
    Enter Charlie Manson and his cleverness at what was happening in 1967 and on.
    Pot, acid, Charlie the ‘wise knows what’s happening’ guru type guy and the peer group over at Spahn ranch and, boy, was Leslie impressed!
    It’s a longer story but Leslie was not of her normal mind, and, I say, she really didn’t kill anyone. Yes, she should have been charged with a murder, but not to the extent of serving 46 years and counting.
    I saw so many of my fellow teens in the late 60’s and spent time with some.
    That was in Colorado, New Mexico and California.
    The three ‘Manson girls’ I talked with were friendly and happy and open. That was in Chatsworth, July, 1969.
    Susan Atkins and I were together for a while
    Had she not been high and led by Charlie and Tex, she would not have been involved in crimes. But these two guys said come on and do it and so on.
    That should also show you what the of state society was and the falling and failing family situation that has been eroding since the 50’s and had gotten even worse as you look around.
    Can you dig what I’m saying?
    Thanks for listening.

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