California Gov. Jerry Brown against bail for Leslie Van Houten
Jerry Brown, the Governor of the state of California, has decided not to approve parole to former Manson family member Leslie Van Houten, who was a follower of Charles Manson.
Brown rejected the bail plea stating that the murder convict "currently poses an unreasonable danger to society" and thus cannot be released. The Board of Parole Hearings had recommended her release earlier in the year. The California panel recommend parole as the woman is now older with shoulder-length gray hair, a wrinkled face and glasses and away from the dangerous teenager as she was when she joined the cult of Charles Manson more than 40 years ago.
Van Houten and other followers of Charles Manson were charged with killing supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary in 1969. Houten, who was a Charles Manson follower and had admitted to stabbing one person several times, had said in an interview that she stabbed her victim 16 times. She also changed into victim's clothes and drank chocolate milk from the couple's refrigerator. She was the youngest follower of Charles Manson.
Gov. Brown expressed said, "Both her role in these extraordinarily brutal crimes and her inability to explain her willing participation in such horrific violence cannot be overlooked and lead me to believe she remains an unreasonable risk to society if released."
She had told the panel that the girl, who murdered someone, is now a distant memory and she was now fit to be paroled. She has completed college degrees and been a model inmate.