Patricia Krenwinkel, one of the notorious Manson family, has been denied parole again by the state of California.
The publicity surrounding the notorious 1969 murders committed by Manson’s crew in order to start a race war make it unlikely that any of the family will ever be freed from prison.
It’s probably better for all concerned that all the family remain incarcerated. However, fairness would say that the killers of Channon Christiand and Chris Newsome also be as hated as the Manson family and remain in prison for life, if the state refuses to execute them.
A Charles Manson follower and longest-serving female inmate in the California prison system has been denied parole after nearly 50 years behind bars.
Patricia Krenwinkel in August 1969 was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder in the Manson family’s notorious 1969 massacre which left seven people dead. The victims included Folger coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring and pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who was married to director Roman Polanski.
Krenwinkelwent before the parole board after it spent the last six months investigating whether the 69-year-old killer was suffering from “Intimate Partner Battery” — typically referred to as “battered wife syndrome” — when she committed the crimes.
A parole hearing for Krenwinkel was suspended in December 2016 after her lawyer, Keith Wattley, made the abuse claims. He had said he felt encouraged by the fact that the board is looking into the matter before the board denied parole early Thursday afternoon.
Krenwinkel claims she met Manson was she a 19-year-old secretary, adding that she both feared and loved him.
During her court testimony she explained how she stabbed Folger 28 times and how she later wrote “Death to Pigs” on a wall with the blood of another one of her victims, Rosemary LaBianca.
She was 21-years-old when the days-long killing spree unfolded, and has been denied parole 13 times since.
Family of the victims — Tate’s sister, Sebring’s nephew and the grandson of LaBianca — told CNN they intend to fight any affirmative parole recommendations.
“She could have cut and run any time,” Debra Tate told the station. “She did it (the murders) because she enjoyed it.
Krenwinkel’s last parole hearing was in 2011. She was initially sentenced to death in 1971, but it was commuted to life in prison after the California Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional the following year.
Krenwinkel’s story is told at Wikipedia in all it’s gruesome detail. She admits to horrific crimes while under the influence of Manson.
The Sun published a look at the “caged monster” an hour ago as these words are being written.
Here’s a brief excerpt:
Patricia Krenwinkel, now 69, was one of the notorious Manson Family cult, led by Charles Manson, who preached a bizarre philosophy incorporating Christianity, Scientology and the hippy movement.
She was a 19-year-old secretary living with her older sister when she met the 33-year-old Manson at a party in the 1960s.
She testified that she left everything behind three days later to follow him because she believed they had a budding romantic relationship.
Krenwinkel said in December that her feelings faded when Manson became physically and emotionally abusive, and trafficked her to other men for sex.
She said she left him twice only to be brought back, adding that she was usually under the influence of drugs and rarely left alone.
She said: “I thought I loved him. I thought it started with love, and then turned to fear.”