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Boo-Bury Sees Kris Vox and Works a Hairball Concert ⛧ Bowl After Bowl Stickers ⛧ Charlie Manson Follower Released From Prison at 73 ⛧ Leslie Van Houten – Her Life and Times ⛧ The Manson Crimes ⛧ John Waters Advocates for her Freedom ⛧ Podcasting 2.0 ⛧ A Reading from Man, Myth, and Magic – Mirrors! ⛧
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MIRROR OF VENUS
FOR THOSE ABOUT TO STAB
PEACE, LOVE, AND FREEDOM
Leslie Van Houten or “Lulu” – A follower of Charles Manson and participant in the infamous murders has been released from prison at the age of 73.
Back in the 60’s, she was an outspoken and eccentric teenage girl who ran from home and attempted to forge a new community of friends and lovers at a little place called Spahn Ranch.
In 1960’s Los Angeles, a string of bloody killings captured the public’s awe, and has ever since. Manson, living on an old movie studio ranch with a small cult and harem, ordered a series of violent attacks on perceived enemies, which led to the deaths of several people, including a pregnant movie star. The bizarre personality of the group and of the man himself, as well the abject violence that sobered a “Peace and Love” attitude of the times, led the Manson murders to become a staple in American popular culture, and a bonafide Hollywood legend.
Leslie herself was only directly involved in the LaBianca murders which occurred on the following day of the more infamous “Tate murders”.
The four murderers plus Manson, Leslie Van Houten and Clem Grogan went for a drive the following night. Manson was allegedly displeased with the panic and flight of the victims in the previous night’s murders. He told Kasabian to drive to a house at 3301 Waverly Drive in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles. Located next door to a home where Manson and Family members had attended a party the previous year, it belonged to supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, co-owner of a dress shop.
According to Atkins and Kasabian, Manson disappeared up the driveway and returned to say that he had tied up the house’s occupants. Then Watson, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten went in. Watson claims in his autobiography that Manson went up alone, then returned to take him up to the house with him. Manson pointed out a sleeping man through a window, and the two entered through the unlocked back door. Watson claims Manson roused the sleeping Leno LaBianca from the couch at gunpoint and had Watson bind his hands with a leather thong. Rosemary was brought into the living room from the bedroom, and Watson covered the couple’s heads with pillowcases which he bound in place with lamp cords. Manson left, and Krenwinkel and Van Houten entered the house.
Watson had complained to Manson earlier of the inadequacy of the previous night’s weapons. Watson sent the women from the kitchen to the bedroom, where Rosemary LaBianca had been returned, while he went to the living room and began stabbing Leno LaBianca with a chrome-plated bayonet. The first thrust went into his throat. Watson heard a scuffle in the bedroom and went in there to discover Rosemary LaBianca keeping the women at bay by swinging the lamp tied to her neck. He stabbed her several times with the bayonet, then returned to the living room and resumed attacking Leno, whom he stabbed a total of 12 times. He then carved the word “WAR” into his abdomen. Watson returned to the bedroom and found Krenwinkel stabbing Rosemary with a knife from the kitchen. Van Houten stabbed her approximately 16 times in the back and the exposed buttocks. Van Houten claimed at trial that Rosemary LaBianca was already dead during the stabbing. Evidence showed that many of the 41 stab wounds had, in fact, been inflicted post-mortem. Watson then cleaned off the bayonet and showered, while Krenwinkel wrote “Rise” and “Death to pigs” on the walls and “Helter Skelter” on the refrigerator door, all in LaBianca’s blood. She gave Leno LaBianca 14 puncture wounds with an ivory-handled, two-tined carving fork, which she left jutting out of his stomach. She also planted a steak knife in his throat.
Meanwhile, Manson drove the other three Family members who had departed Spahn with him that evening to the Venice home of the Lebanese actor Saladin Nader. Manson left them there and drove back to Spahn Ranch, leaving them and the LaBianca killers to hitchhike home. According to Kasabian, Manson wanted his followers to murder Nader in his apartment, but Kasabian claims she thwarted this murder by deliberately knocking on the wrong apartment door and waking a stranger. The group abandoned the murder plan and left, but Atkins defecated in the stairwell on the way out.
Leslie, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel were convicted of murder in 1971 and each given the death-sentence. Leslie is the youngest woman to ever receive such a sentence in California. However, the death penalty was effectively abolished soon after, and the women were automatically commuted to Life in Prison with the possibility of parole.
Krenwinkel is still in prison. was granted parole on May 26, 2022. On October 14, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom reversed the decision, citing the continued threat she would pose to society if released.
As of June, 2023, Krenwinkel remains incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in the Chino district of Corona, California. Her next parole hearing is scheduled for November 17, 2023. She is the longest incarcerated female in California history.
Susan Atkins died in prison in 2009.
The governor did not have the power to veto parole decisions until 1988, and the first rejections to Leslie’s parole came from the Board itself. Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel were later found guilty of participating in the Tate murders and were also convicted for the five deaths there, totalling seven deaths each for them. Leslie, who had merely helped hold down the victims of the less famous murder scene, and stabbed them only after they were dead, was convicted of first degree for two murders, with a lifetime of her lawyers attempting to switch it to manslaughter.
Leslie Van Houten in her stint was rejected for parole 23 times. By 2020 she had been recommended for parole four times, but those had been rejected by the sitting Governors of California (Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom).
Many have advocated for her freedom, including film director and “King of Trash” John Waters.
On November 9, 2021, Van Houten was again recommended for parole by the board. On March 29, 2022, Governor Newsom overruled the parole board’s recommendation. Her request for review was rejected by the California Supreme Court on February 9, 2022.
On May 30, 2023, a California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles set aside Governor Newsom’s denial of Van Houten’s parole, thus becoming the first Manson family member to have a Court rule in her favor for a parole recommendation. On July 7, 2023, Governor Newsom announced that he would not appeal the California Supreme Court to block her parole, paving the way for her release.
Van Houten was released on parole on July 11, 2023.
Leslie for many years acknowledged her crimes and expressed regret for her actions and her obedience to Manson, who himself denied his involvement in the murders all the way to his grave. Today, she enters the world a rehabilitated woman.
Welcome back to society, Lulu! Behave yourself!