Patricia Krenwinkel, a Charles Manson follower convicted in the Manson family murder spree and the longest-serving female inmate in the California prison system, will be up for parole consideration on Thursday.
Krenwinkel, 69, was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder in the August 1969 attacks that left seven people dead. Among the victims was pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who was married to director Roman Polanski, Folger Coffee heiress Abigail Folger, and celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring.
The crimes captivated people during a turbulent time in the nation’s history.
Prosecutors say Manson hoped to spark a race war with the grisly murders.
Thursday’s parole hearing is a resumption of a December 2016 meeting, which was suspended after Krenwinkel’s attorney claimed that his client was a victim of “Intimate Partner Battery,” often referred to as “battered wife syndrome,” by Manson. The break allowed for an investigation into the claim.
Krenwinkel’s attorney, Keith Wattley, declined to predict how the panel will react, but said he is encouraged that they are considering the abuse issue.
“There is no new evidence, no new allegations,” he said. “It’s just that this time I asked the panel to consider the psychological and physical abuse. The fact is that the board had understood the influence” with other members of the Manson group.
Family members of the victims — Sharon Tate’s sister, Sebring’s nephew and the grandson of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca — plan on fighting a parole recommendation.
Debra Tate dismissed the claim that Krenwinkel was abused, telling CNN, “She could have cut and run any time. She did it (the murders) because she enjoyed it.”
Tony LaMontagne, the grandson of the LaBiancas, told CNN that he attends these parole hearings to support his grandparents, “but the hearings revictimize us,” by having to listen to the details of the crimes.
Here are some quick facts about Krenwinkel’s case:
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