Manson Family Killer One Step Closer to Freedom

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Leslie Van Houten, former Manson Family member, was found suitable for parole by a two-person panel after a Wednesday hearing in California. That doesn't mean she's out, but it's a big step toward that.

Debra is hoping more will take her side before California Governor Jerry Brown sets Leslie free.

He refused to release her previous year.

Van Houten has candidly described her experience with the "Manson Family". While following the incident she was initially sentenced to death, the jury later revoked the death penalty and sentenced her to life in prison, with possibility of parole. The state will now conduct a 120-day review of the parole panel's decision, after which Brown will have 30 days to "uphold, reverse or modify the decision".

Four other people were stabbed or shot to death at Tate's home in August, 1969, by Manson's followers, who scrawled the word "Pig" in blood on the front door before leaving.

Nearly 50 years after committing the murders which resulted in a life sentence, Leslie Van Houten, is up for parole.

She admitted to killing Los Angeles grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their home in August 1969.

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"I feel absolutely awful about it, and I have spent most of my life trying to find ways to live with it", Van Houten told the panel.

"I don't let myself off the hook".

From left, Manson followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk into a morning court session in 1970.

Van Houten and her attorney argue she was immature at the time, and couldn't break free of Manson or his ideas.

In his statement, Brown said it remained unclear how Van Houten had transformed herself from a smart, driven young woman to "a member of one of the most notorious cults in history and an eager participant in the cold-blooded and gory murder of innocent victims". "Some people could not leave".

"That could drive them to kill again", said Tate.

The 68-year-old woman was the youngest of Charles Manson's followers, according to the Associated Press. She said she regretted encouraging her to join the cult.

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