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Manson Follower Convicted Of 7 Murders Gets Parole Recommendation

Los Angeles, CA – A Charles Manson follower who murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other victims at a Benedict Canyon home in 1969 was recommended for parole last week.

The night after the massacre in Benedict Canyon, Patricia Krenwinkel fatally stabbed Leno LaBianca in his stomach with a fork after Manson allegedly told her to “do something witchy,” NBC News reported.

Krenwinkel subsequently used LaBianca’s blood to scrawl the words “Death to Pigs,” “Helter Skelter,” and “Rise” on the walls of his home.

LaBianca’s wife, Rosemary, was also murdered by the group.

During a failed parole attempt in 2017, Krenwinkel testified she stabbed one victim, coffee company heiress Abigail Folger, a total of 28 times, according to CNN.

Krenwinkel, now 74, was initially sentenced to death for her role in the horrific killings, NBC News reported.

She was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder, according to CNN.

But when the death penalty was briefly ruled unconstitutional in California in 1972, Krenwinkel and her co-defendants scored new sentences of life with the possibility of parole, NBC News reported.

Krenwinkel was denied parole 14 times prior to the parole panel agreeing on May 26 to recommend she be released.

The most recent hearing was also the first time no one from the Los Angeles County Prosecutor’s Office showed up to object to her being allowed to walk out of prison, NBC News reported.

That’s because Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has banned prosecutors from being involved in deciding whether or not inmates should be released into the community, according to the news outlet.

Family members of Krenwinkel’s victims attended the hearing and testified before the panel, urging them to keep her locked up, NBC News reported.

Keith Wattley, the attorney representing Krenwinkel, said his client is no long a danger to society and that she has had no disciplinary violations.

“She’s completely transformed from the person she was when she committed this crime, which is all that it’s supposed to take to be granted parole,” Wattley declared.

The panel’s recommendation will be reviewed by the California State Parole Board Legal Division before it is forwarded to California Governor Gavin Newsom for his approval, NBC News reported.

“I’m hopeful that the governor recognizes that he shouldn’t be playing political games with people’s lives,” Wattley said. “The governor would be blocking her parole not because he’s afraid of her, but because he doesn’t like her. And the law doesn’t allow that.”

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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