Ex-Manson family member seeks parole for 1969 murder

Leslie Van Houten
The Associated Press

CHINO, Calif. (AP) — The youngest of Charles Manson’s followers to take part in one of the nation’s most notorious killings is trying again for parole.

Homecoming princess-turned-Manson-follower Leslie Van Houten is scheduled for her 21st hearing before a parole board panel on Thursday at a women’s prison in Chino, California.

The now-66-year-old Van Houten was convicted in the 1969 murders of wealthy grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary in their Los Angeles home.

The couple was stabbed to death a day after other so-called “Manson family” members killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others.

While in prison Van Houten has completed college degrees and been commended for her model behavior.

Her lawyer, Rich Pfeiffer, says she presents no danger to the public but has remained jailed because of her former ties to the cult leader.