Youngest in ‘Manson Family,’ now 68, is asking for parole – Orange County Register

By JOHN ROGERS

CHINO, Calif. — The youngest of Charles Mason’s murderous followers will attempt once more to persuade a parole panel she has reformed and — at age 68 — deserves to be released from prison.

Leslie Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Manson during a series of murders that terrorized Los Angeles over the summer of 1969, was scheduled to appear before a parole panel for the 21st time Wednesday.

A similar panel at the California Institution for Women in Chino, where Van Houten is incarcerated, tentatively granted her parole last year but was overruled by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Van Houten has candidly described how she joined several other members of the “Manson Family” in killing Los Angeles…

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