Leslie Van Houten, nicknamed “the angel of death” by the sect of Charles Manson and detained for 53 years in Los Angeles prison, could soon be released. She was 19 when she entered it. The ok came from the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, who announced that he will not ask the State Supreme Court to block the parole for the woman, now 72, sentenced to life in prison for taking part in the murders of Leno LaBianca , a Los Angeles shopkeeper, and his wife, Rosemary, in 1969. The news comes from the American media.
Van Houtem was 19 at the time. The lifer did not take part in the massacre of Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, in which the actress Sharon Tate, married to the director Roman Polanski and eight months pregnant, three of her friends and a boyfriend were massacred aged 18. The murders were committed by Tex Watson (23 years old), Susan Atkins (21 years old) and Patricia Krenwinkel (21 years old), under the guidance of Manson. Van Houten’s attorney Nancy Tetreault said she would be released on probation within weeks. “She’s thrilled and overwhelmed,” Tetreault said. “She is grateful that people recognize that she is no longer the same person that she was when she committed the murders.”