Target: Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Don’t let Charles Manson follower who stabbed a woman 14 times out on parole.
A review board has suggested that Leslie Van Houten, a follower of Charles Manson, be let out on parole. She had admitted to stabbing a woman 14 times during one of the “Manson family murders.” The final decision for her fate will be made by Governor Jerry Brown. A person who has taken someone’s life in such a gruesome manner should face life in prison, not be let free.
In 1969, Van Houten and the “Manson family” murdered the Los Feliz grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. The wife offered anything to keep them from killing her, promising not to call the police. As she kept hearing the word “police,” Van Houten became panicked. She helped hold down Rosemary while Charles “Tex” Watson stabbed her. Then Watson handed the knife to Van Houten, who continued to stab her fourteen times, carving her up.
She has admitted to all of this in court, and went through three trials trying to determine her fate. The final one convicted her of murder and sentenced her of seven years to life with the possibility of parole. In 1998, the ex-wife of Leno LaBianca spoke up against parole for her. In a letter to the parole board, she wrote, “Sympathy, understanding and compassion should be given to the victims of murder and not the killers.”
It does not matter if Van Houten feels sorry for what she has done–she has still taken a life away and must face the consequences. Tell Governor Jerry Brown to not let her go free on parole by signing this petition.
Dear Governor Brown,
The fate of a murderer lies in your decision on Leslie Van Houten’s parole. As someone who had killed a person in such a horrific manner, she does not deserve to be let free from prison. To do so would be an insult to the family of the victim. Please, do not let Van Houten be released.
Van Houten had admitted to stabbing Rosemary LaBianca 14 times during one of her “family’s” killing sprees. She had heard her victim beg for mercy and killed her anyway. She did not show her victim sympathy, so she should not be receiving any herself.
A person who associated themselves with a person like Charles Manson knew what they were signing up for; one cannot kill someone and then expect to get out on parole after a while. The decision is all up to you, Governor Brown. Please make the wise choice and don’t let this murderer free on parole.
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Photo credit: California Department of Corrections