Name: Leslie Louise Van Houten
Date of birth: 08/23/1949
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Prisoner ID: W13378
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Whereabouts: California Institute for Women (life sentence)
Next Parole Hearing: April 14, 2016 (recommended for parole)
Documents: 2016 Parole Board Transcript
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Van Houten, a one-time homecoming princess, participated in the killings of Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary a day after other Manson family members murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in 1969.
A California review board recommended parole (April 14, 2016) for former Charles Manson family member Leslie Van Houten.
Leslie Van Houten’s 2016 Parole Board Transcript (PDF). The actual interview with Van Houten starts on page 22.
Van Houten was “numb” after the panel announced its decision following a five-hour hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino. The decision will now undergo administrative review by the board of Parole Hearings. They have 120 days to review the commissioner’s decision. If upheld it goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has final say on whether Van Houten is released.
Cory LaBianca, who was 21 when her father, a wealthy grocer, and stepmother were slain in their Los Feliz home, said she was disappointed by the parole board’s decision and planned to lobby the governor to reject Van Houten’s release.
Update: California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole for Leslie Van Houten.