Manson Family’s Leslie Van Houten May Be Released on Parole

Seeds of social sickness sown in the 60s have been blossoming, resulting in America’s current state of decline. So it should come as no surprise that cult killer Leslie Van Houten may be released on parole:

Leslie Van Houten, a former member of Manson family who killed a married couple almost 50 years ago and wrote messages of revolution on the walls in their blood, may soon be on her way out. Hope for Van Houten came at the conclusion of a five-hour hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona on Thursday, when a panel recommended parole for the 66-year-old convicted killer. She had previously been denied 19 times.

It’s okay; psychiatrists say she’s all better now.

Van Houten was 19 when she participated in the murders of Rosemary and Leno La Bianca, a supermarket executive. Before the panel, Van Houten recounted how she held Rosemary down with a pillow and lamp cord as Charles “Tex” Watson, another Manson member, stabbed her. Then he passed the knife to her, and Van Houten proceeded to stab Rosemary 14 times, later using the blood of the slain La Biancas to write messages on the walls of their home. The word “WAR” was carved on Leno La Bianca’s stomach.

You can’t blame Leslie for acting out. She was a mere victim of affluenza spiked with moonbattery:

Van Houten, who grew up in a Los Angeles suburb, was a homecoming queen who fell in with the counterculture. Her parents divorced when she was 14, and her mother forced her to have an abortion when she got pregnant not long after. As Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi recounted in the true-crime classic “Helter Skelter,” a psychiatrist who interviewed Van Houten called her “a spoiled little princess” unable “to suffer frustration and delay of gratification” who once beat her adopted sister with a shoe.

If she had been executed, taxpayers would not have been supporting her all these years, and we wouldn’t have to worry about her running loose. However,

Van Houten, who carved an “X” into her forehead during her trial after Manson did, was sentenced to death — reportedly the youngest woman in California history to be sent to death row. Her sentence was commuted to life in prison after a court decision temporarily ended the death penalty in California in the 1970s.

It must be assumed that anyone who is not executed may one day be freed. This is among the many strong arguments for the death penalty.

In Van Houten’s defense, filmmaker John Waters of Pink Flamingos fame describes her as a friend and says “I think you would like her as much as I do.”

More importantly, she is probably too old to start an academic career like Bill Ayers or Bernardine Dohrn, so she is unlikely to inflict major damage on society.

It’s up to Governor Moonbeam to deny her parole.

The X on her forehead healed, but the La Biancas are still dead.

On a tip from Lyle. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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