Leslie Van Houten: Charles Manson Follower Up For Parole?

July 6, 2010

Leslie Van Houten, Charles Manson follower, and long time prison inmate could be up for parole in the near future following a planned hearing today. Get the story here, and see photos and video below.

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Even for those of us who weren’t born yet, the name Charles Manson sends shivers up and down the spine. His name has become synonymous with the word ‘psychopath,’ and for good reason.

But you may be surprised to learn that one of his followers, Leslie Van Houten (pictured at top right), may finally be granted parole after spending decades behind bars. She was convicted back in 1969 for being involved in two of the Manson family murders. Van Houten has faced the parole board over a dozen times, and every time she has returned to prison.

Observers note that this may be her best shot at making it back to the outside world. ABC News reports that she is considered a perfect inmate, if there is such a thing:

“(she) has been described by her supporters and prison staff as a model inmate. She is working as a college tutor while studying for her master’s degree in humanities and has not had one prison infraction on her record in more than 40 years.”

As you can imagine, the victim’s families are not going out quietly. A woman named Debra Tate, who lost a sister in the brutal murders, is doing her part to keep Van Houten incarcerated. Tate spends most of her free time seeing to it that none of the individuals who were convicted in the Manson family murders ever see the light of day again.

She offers this metaphor to support the notion:

“Is a tiger dangerous if it gets out of its cage? We proved that at the L.A. zoo,” Tate said. “In the cage they are fine. You cannot let them out.”

What do you think, should Leslie Van Outen be given a second chance at 60-years-old? Give us your thoughts below. Check out some related photos and video below.

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5 Responses to “Leslie Van Houten: Charles Manson Follower Up For Parole?”

  1. 1
    Stacy Says:

    I don’t know. Yes- there’s rehabilitation, but this lady participated in multiple murders. I wouldn’t feel comfortable having her as a neighbor.

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    Rachelle Says:

    I say keep her behind bars. I mean the people whose lives she helped take aren’t getting a second chance why should she?

  3. 3
    Joan Says:

    @Rachelle – true enough. 40 years sounds like a long time, but the deceased will be gone forever.

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    vernon Says:

    I respect Debra Tate’s determination to see a murderer held accountable for her actions, no many how years have passed. I just wish she felt the same way about child rapists. She’s one of pervert Roman Polanski’s biggest supporters.

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    Cynthia Says:

    She went along with a group of murderers to kill innocent people. She knew what they were going to do and what they had done the night before! Anyone stupid enough to follow a crazy slimeball like Manson ain’t dealing with a full deck to begin with! Some say she was only 19 and on drugs and under Manson’s control. Well, who doesn’t know that killing is wrong (at 19?) And who told her to get on drugs and hang out with that little creep? That is great that she is doing well in prison, but that is where she needs to remain!