The youngest member of the Charles Manson "family" has been recommended for parole, 48 years after the group murdered seven people in a killing spree that shocked the US. That doesn't mean she's out, but it's a big step toward that.
Van Houten has been granted parole by a California board after 20 failed attempts, but the state governor could still overrule the decision.
On Wednesday, a year after her last parole denial, she was deemed suitable for release.
Van Houten has candidly described her experience with the "Manson Family". He may also send the matter to the full Board of Parole Hearings, sitting en banc to review the case. Then, she picked up a butcher knife and stabbed the woman more than a dozen times.
The decision now goes through a process of review in which Gov.
Leslie Van Houten has been granted parole by a California board, after appearing for the 21st time since being jailed. After this incident, she was sentenced to death in March 1971 along with Manson and two others, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel, and became the youngest woman that was ever sentenced to death in California.
Attorneys for Van Houten have argued that she was only 19 at the time of the killings and has been a model prisoner since that time.
Van Houten is serving a life sentence for stabbing to death Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their Los Angeles home on August 10, 1969.
"I don't let myself off the hook".
A convicted murderer and follower of Charles Manson is once again on the verge of walking free.
In 1977, Van Houten was awarded a retrial which was rendered pointless as the jury could not agree upon a verdict. She said she regretted encouraging her to join the cult.
She even had another member of the creepy cult, Catherine Share, testify that she was "extremely docile", and under Charles Manson's control when she committed the murders.