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January 1, Release of Manson Follower Raises Concerns Over Victims’ Rights



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After serving more than five decades in a California prison, notorious Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten has been released, raising questions about the administration of justice and the sanctity of victims’ rights.

Van Houten, now over 70, was “released to parole supervision” after her infamous role in the gruesome Manson family murders.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Van Houten will serve a maximum parole term of three years, with a parole discharge review scheduled for one year from now.

Convicted in 1971 and given concurrent sentences of seven years to life, Van Houten’s release marks a chilling chapter in the haunting saga of the Manson family.

Her crimes included the brutal killing of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their Los Angeles home in 1969.

Van Houten admitted to physically restraining Rosemary as others carried out the stabbing, also participating in the act herself.

The Manson followers callously smeared their victims’ blood on the walls, a grisly testament to their sadistic brutality.

Despite her heinous crimes, Van Houten has been recommended for parole five times between 2016 and 2023.

Yet, former California Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom had consistently rejected these recommendations, demonstrating a commitment to victims and their families.

However, in a shocking reversal on July 7, 2023, Governor Newsom decided he would not contest a state appeals court ruling endorsing Van Houten’s release.

Rather than accept responsibility, Newsom’s office expressed disappointment and deflected blame to the court of appeals.

The parole decision has left many, particularly the victims’ families, feeling abandoned by the justice system.

Cory LaBianca, the daughter of Leno LaBianca, said she was “heartbroken,” her life forever marked by the absence of her father and stepmother.

Her lament reflects the ongoing pain and loss suffered by those affected by the Manson family’s horrific crimes.

Bottom Line

Governor Newsom’s inaction has provoked significant concern, not only for its impact on the victims’ families but also for what it signifies about his administration’s stance on violent crime.

The release of Van Houten poses serious questions about our society’s commitment to justice and the safety of its citizens.

Charles Manson, the infamous mastermind behind the Manson family’s reign of terror, died in prison in 2017.

However, the release of his followers like Van Houten continues to reopen wounds for families and communities, reminding us all of the monstrous acts perpetrated by the Manson family.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.




  1. Gerald Scott Ladd

    July 14, 2023 at 6:18 am

    Now she can go to work in the Biden administration.

  2. Pat

    July 14, 2023 at 9:34 am

    And Gavin Newsom wants to be our next president😵‍💫

  3. LMS

    July 14, 2023 at 10:23 am

    POS should rot in prison! If she is out hopefully someone will be good enough to give her the same kind of treatment to the victims since the state can’t seem to do thrir job properly. It certainly wouldn’t be a loss!
    What would you expect from a cesspool like CA or Newsome?

  4. TBG

    July 14, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Let her go live with the Newsoms.

  5. Fred

    July 14, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Newsom belongs in prison, along with the Biden crime family.

  6. DeploraBill

    July 14, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Hopefully, she’ll settle in LA and if we’re lucky, get a taste of her own ruthlessness.

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