Countess who claims to have narrowly avoided being killed by the Manson Family begs California governor not to release former cult member
- Former Manson cult member Leslie Van Houten recommended for parole
- She is now waiting on approval of governor Jerry Brown being going free
- Ava Roosevelt, who said she was due to be at Sharon Tate's house the night she was killed by Manson's followers, is opposing the move
- Roosevelt says she will 'fear for my life and those who I love' if she is freed
- Van Houten was not involved in Tate's killing, but admits helping to murder Leno and Rosemary La Bianca the previous night
Ava Roosevelt, 68, who claims she was nearly a victim of the Manson family murders, has asked for a former member of the cult to be kept in jail
Ava Roosevelt, who claims she narrowly escaped being a victim of the Manson family murders, has begged California's governor to keep a former member of the cult locked up.
Roosevelt, 68, told governor Jerry Brown that she will 'fear for her life' if Leslie Van Houten, who helped Manson's followers murder Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary in 1969, is released from jail.
Van Houten, a former beauty queen who admits holding a pillow over Rosemary's head as she was stabbed to death and then mutilating her corpse, was recommended for parole last month after 46 years in jail.
In a letter, seen by the New York Post, Roosevelt writes: 'If Leslie van Houten, a convicted killer, is set free, I fear for my life and those who I love.
'In my view there is no place for this murderer in American society. As a survivor of the death spree, I beseech your office to deny any recommendation for parole.'
Roosevelt claims she was due to be at Sharon Tate's house on the night Manson's 'family' stabbed the actress to death along with four of her friends.
Tate, who was eight months pregnant with husband Roman Polanski's baby at the time, had invited Roosevelt over to her house after dinner on the night of August 9, 1969, she claims.
However, a faulty gas valve on her 1955 Rolls Royce meant the car would not start and so she stayed at home.
That night Linda Kasabian, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins and Patricia 'Katie' Krenwinkel broke into Tate's Beverly Hills mansion, tied her and her friends up, and stabbed them to death - scrawling the work 'Pig' in blood on the wall before leaving.
The following day Leno and Rosemary were also stabbed to death in similarly gruesome fashion, with the word 'War' carved into Leno's stomach.
Roosevelt is just the latest in a long line of people who have called for Van Houten to be kept behind bars after a parole board recommended her for release.
Leslie Van Houten, who was jailed aged 19 for helping to murder Leno and Rosemary La Bianaca in 1969, was recommended for parole last month after serving 46 years of her life sentence
Van Houten (far right, with fellow killers Susan Atkins, left, and Patricia Krenwinkel, center) admitted holding a pillow over Rosemary La Bianca's head as she was killed, and then stabbing her after she had died
Cory La Bianca, Leno's daughter, gave a rare interview with the LA Times in which she said: 'I very much disagree with the ruling.
'We all need to be held responsible for our behavior. The least we can do, for someone who commits a crime against another human being, is to keep them in jail.'
She said her 41-year-old son burst into tears while listening to the parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino.
Sharon Tate's sister, Debra, has also started a petition calling for Van Houten to be kept behind bars, saying she failed to show remorse for years after the crimes and can't be trusted.
Van Houten was just 18 when the Manson killings took place over two days in August 1969. She was not present for the murders of Tate and her friends, but went along the following night when the La Bianca's were killed.
Van Houten, who launched her first parole attempt in 1979 and has applied for parole 20 times, recounted her part in the killing of La Bianca and his wife during her hearing.
The former homecoming princess, who described herself as a hippy at the time of the murders, told of how she looked off into the distance until another Manson follower told her to do something before she joined in the stabbing.
Cory La Bianca, the daughter of Rosemary (left) and Leno (right), has also asked for van Houten not to be released, saying she failed to show remorse and should be left in jail
Van Houten (right, with Atkins left and Krenwinkle center) was recommended for parole last month despite admitting that she would have stabbed babies if Manson had demanded it
Van Houten told the panel she had been traumatized by her parents' divorce when she was 14, her pregnancy soon after and her mother's insistence she have an abortion.
During her five-hour testimony, Van Houten described Manson as a 'Christ-like man that had all the answers'.
Van Houten also admitted that she would have been willing to stab babies and toddlers if Manson had demanded it.
She was initially sentenced to death for her part in the slayings, but that was later commuted to life in prison.
Her defense lawyers say she denounced Manson and his teachings soon after being jailed, and has taken 'self-help programs, classes and counselling' while in jail.
The decision of the parole board will now be scrutinized by a legal panel before being sent to Brown for approval, a process which can take up to four months.
While Brown has worked to reform the parole process in California, making it easier for inmates to be released, he has denied applications from members of the Manson cult in the past.
Manson (left in 1969 and right in 2009) inspired his cult of hippie followers to stab at least nine people to death as part of an impeding race war that he warned was approaching
Bruce Davis, convicted for the killings of Gary Hinman, an aspiring musician, and stuntman Donald 'Shorty' Shea, had a recommendation turned down by Brown who said he had still failed to accept full responsibility for his part in the murders.
Manson, now 81, remains behind bars, along with Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles 'Tex' Watson who have each been denied parole multiple times.
Fellow killer Susan Atkins died in prison in 2009.