Thursday, June 22, 2017

Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel's bid for freedom denied, despite claims he abused her

June 22, 2017



Charles Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel lost her latest bid for freedom on Thursday as parole hearing commissioners rejected a request by the state’s longest-serving female inmate to be released after a hearing in Corona.

The decision is the latest in a long series of repeated denials by Krenwinkel to secure parole on her conviction in a murderous rampage with Manson and other so-called Manson family members. But late last year, her attorney asserted new claims that Krenwinkel suffered abuse at Manson’s hands before the murders.

A Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman said Krenwinkel will be eligible to apply for parole again in five years.......

Last year, Krenwinkel’s attorney made new claims that she had been abused by Manson or another person.
At a hearing in December before the parole board, a source said Krenwinkel’s attorney, Keith Wattley, raised the notion in his closing statement that his client was a victim of “intimate partner battery.”

The claim, the source said, was akin to battered-spouse syndrome, a psychological condition experienced by people who have suffered prolonged physical or emotional abuse by a partner. The syndrome has been used as a legal defense by women charged with killing their husbands.

In an email to The Times, Wattley wrote in December, “I pointed out that there are some things that haven't fully been investigated (believe it or not). Can't really elaborate at this time.”

Prosecutors are opposed to Krenwinkel’s freedom.

By law, decisions by the Board of Parole Hearings must be approved by the governor, and Gov. Jerry Brown has already rejected the idea of setting another Manson follower free.

In April, a state review board recommended parole for Leslie Van Houten, who had been convicted of murder.

Brown reversed that decision and a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge later upheld the governor’s reversal, saying there was “some evidence” that Van Houten still presented an unreasonable threat.

Susan Atkins, a former topless dancer who became one of Manson’s closest disciples, died in prison in 2009 at age 61.

After Atkins’ death, Krenwinkel became California’s longest-serving female inmate.

“What a coward that I found myself to be when I look at the situation,” Krenwinkel said in a 2014 interview with the New York Times. “The thing I try to remember sometimes is that what I am today is not what I was at 19.”

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Manson family member Patricia Krenwinkel is up for parole. Here's what you need to know

Updated 12:57 AM ET, Thu June 22, 2017

Los Angeles (CNN) 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. 
Patricia Krenwinkel, 21, after her arrest in December 1, 1969.
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." 
Those killed at the home of Roman Polanski. From left, Wojciech Frykowski, Sharon Tate, Stephen Parent, Jay Sebring and Abigail Folger. The next night, Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, a wealthy couple who lived across town, were stabbed to death in their home.
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:
-- She has been incarcerated for 47 years.
-- Krenwinkel was sentenced to death in 1971, but a year later the California death penalty was ruled unconstitutional and her sentence was commuted to life. The death penalty has since been reinstated.
-- Krenwinkel has been denied parole 13 times. 
-- On the first day of the killing spree, she pursued and stabbed Folger 28 times, Krenwinkel said in court testimony. She later complained her hand hurt from the stabbings, prosecutors said.
Susan Atkins (left), Patricia Krenwinkel (center) and Leslie Van Houten (right) walk to court in 1970.
-- Krenwinkel testified that she stabbed Rosemary LaBianca on the second night while LaBianca pleaded for the life of her husband, Leno. Krenwinkel said she later scrawled "Death to Pigs" on the wall with the blood of Leno LaBianca. 
-- Krenwinkel claims she met Charles Manson when she was a 19-year-old secretary, and has said that she both feared and loved him.
-- Because she was 21 years old at the time of the crimes, she now qualifies for youth parole consideration, based on a 2016 law.
-- Convicted Manson followers Leslie Van Houten and Bruce Davis were recommended for parole. Gov. Jerry Brown denied them both. 
-- If Krenwinkel is recommended for release, Brown has up to 150 days to make a decision. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Victim Asks Judge to Drop Sexual Assault Case Against Fugitive Director Roman Polanski

Samantha Geimer, 13 at the time of the crime, has long supported Roman Polanski's efforts to end the legal saga

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Chaos", new book about the Manson murders, coming in 2019

Author Tom O’Neill interviewed Charles Manson and prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.

A new book about the Manson murders called "Chaos: The Secret History of the 1960s" by Tom O’Neill with Dan Piepenbring is due out in 2019 from Little, Brown and Company.

Timed to the 50th anniversary of those harrowing events, "Chaos" began as a project O’Neill was working on for a magazine in 1999. But, as the publisher notes in the release, “Trying to get to the bottom of what really happened swallowed up the next 18 years of his professional life.” O’Neill interviewed not only Charles Manson himself (they spoke three times by phone), but also prosecutor and Helter Skelter author Vincent Bugliosi — plus numerous attorneys, judges, cops, journalists, and victims’ friends and family.

The evidence O’Neill found, the publisher teases, “contradicts the narrative as we know it: sketchy LSD trials on the hippies of Haight-Ashbury, a dodgy and uncooperative LAPD, and the fact that Manson was given a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card by the federal parole authorities during the period he formed his family in San Francisco.”

While we still have a while to go before the book’s 2019 release, O’Neill told EW what it was like interviewing Manson, and why he thinks we’re still so collectively fascinated by the events of August 1969.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where did your interest in the Manson murders begin?

TOM O’NEILL: I was never interested in the case, hadn’t even read the book about the murders, Helter Skelter, by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi. I was assigned to do a story for a magazine to commemorate an anniversary of the crimes and, upon reading Helter Skelter for the first time, and then interviewing Bugliosi extensively, discovered that he had withheld — even covered up and changed — information about the crimes that significantly altered the narrative. Then I was hooked.

What was it like to interview Charles Manson?
A game. I wasn’t allowed to speak to him in person because he was in the hole (solitary confinement), so it was pretty frustrating not being able to look him in the eye and call him out on his B.S.

Why do you think, nearly 50 years later, we’re still so fascinated by these events?
Because a group of young women and men, most of them with no criminal history, went out and killed complete strangers simply because, as Bugliosi would have you believe, they were told to.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Debra Tate has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Her good friend is asking for donations to help Debra with medical expenses.

We wish her a full recovery! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Manson Family Killer Demands Release of Secret Tapes That Could Set Her Free

5/3/2017 12:20 AM PDT 
Manson Family killer Leslie Van Houten is calling out prosecutors for sitting on a recording she believes would secure her release at her next parole hearing.
Van Houten's lawyer, Richard Pfeiffer, filed docs to ban the L.A. District Attorney's Office from appearing at her upcoming parole hearing because it won't give up 1969 audio recordings made by Manson's right-hand man, Tex Watson. Van Houten insists the tapes bolster her argument Manson had her and the other killers under his spell.

Her argument would likely be something like this: I've served 39 years for murders I only committed due to Manson's mind control ... I'm no longer under his control, and no longer a threat to society.
The DA insists the tapes reveal nothing more than "rambling musings about LSD, secret worlds beneath Death Valley and bizarre racial theories."
Van Houten was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for the stabbing murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. Her parole hearing is set for September.

The judge has yet to rule on Van Houten's request to ban prosecutors.