With Charles Manson finally dead, the next chapter in the Manson family saga will involve follower Leslie Van Houten.
Van Houten is one of several Manson followers who are still alive and in prison. They periodically come up for parole review, though none has been released.
Van Houten, who was convicted along with other members of Manson’s cult in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, was granted parole in September by a panel of state commissioners in Chino. It was the 21st time that Van Houten, 68, had appeared before a parole board, and the second time that commissioners found her suitable for release.
Gov. Jerry Brown will now decide whether to release Van Houten after more than 40 years in prison. Brown rejected her parole last year, concluding that Van Houten — the youngest member of Manson’s so-called family — posed “an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison.”