Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel's bid for freedom denied, despite claims he abused her
June 22, 2017
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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