CRIME HUNTER: Where are Manson Family members now?

CRIME HUNTER: Where are Manson Family members now?
Brad Hunter
February 2, 2019
February 2, 2019 6:30 PM EST
Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten sing and laugh on the way into their 1970 murder trial. After nearly 50 years in prison, Van Houten has been granted parole. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Leslie Van Houten missed a visit to the gas chamber by a whisker back in 1971.
California torpedoed the death penalty before she could be delivered to the green room for ultimate justice.
Instead, for almost 50 years she has been locked behind bars. Twenty-two times she’s asked to be sprung from prison.
Cult leader Charles Manson under arrest in 1969. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Twenty-one times her efforts were shot down. But number 22 appears to be the charm.
The double killer and Charles Manson acolyte appears poised to finally receive parole.
The 69-year-old killer will join Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Clem Grogan, Susan Brunner and Linda Kasabian outside prison walls.
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The Tate-LaBianca murders riveted southern California during the summer of 1969 with their shocking brutality.
“I went in and Mrs. (Rosemary) LaBianca was laying on the floor and I stabbed her,” Van Houten said in a 1994 jailhouse interview. “In the lower back, around 16 times.”
Leslie Van Houten has been granted parole after nearly 50 years in prison. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
She was 19 at the time.
Other Manson family members, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles “Tex” Watson, then stabbed her dozens of times while Van Houten stabbed some more.
With the death of maniacal cult leader Charles Manson in 2017, their monstrous acts are fading into obscurity.
So where are they now?
A former child actress, Squeaky met Manson on Venice Beach.
While she didn’t participate in the murders, the mousy flower child was a frequent presence at the sensational trials of other family members.
She tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975 and was locked away. She was released in 2009 and now lives in upstate New York.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme under arrest for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Gerald Ford. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The former high school football star was introduced to Manson by Beach Boy Dennis Wilson.
It was Watson who led the violent family into action on Aug. 9 and 10, 1969.
He was also sentenced to death but his sentence was commuted. A born again Christian, Watson has four children via conjugal visits but has been denied parole 17 times.
Charles “Tex” Watson remains in jail. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Handsome Beausoleil never had a problem picking up women. He even appeared in a 1968 porn movie called The Ramrodder where his co-star was a Manson groupie.
He was sentenced to death for the murder of friend Gary Hinman.
Beausoleil – aka Cupid – stabbed him to death and wrote the words “Political Piggy” on the wall with the dead man’s blood. He was arrested days before the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.
A California parole board granted him parole on January 3, 2019.
Bobby Beausoleil in a 2016 mugshot. CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS
Krenwinkel, 71, is the longest-serving female inmate in the California penal system. She was overweight and had excessive body hair resulting in low self-esteem.
On the morning she was being sentenced for chasing down and butchering coffee heiress Abigail Folger as she tried to escape Sharon Tate’s home, Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins and Van Houten laughed. She also helped Watson slaughtering the La Biancas the next night.
She’s still locked up and has been denied parole 14 times.
Patricia Krenwinkel remains in prison. CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS
No one would accuse Grogan of being smart. In fact, fellow Family members called him “Scramblehead” for his stupidity.
He sat in the car during the Tate murders but was given the death penalty for the murder of stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. A judge later decided he wasn’t smart enough to coordinate the murders.
He was released in 1985 after leading cops to Shea’s body.
Cult members called Clem Grogan “Scramblehead” because of his stupidity. LAPD
SUSAN ATKINS: She participated in eight of the Family’s murders and was sentenced to death. Atkins died of a brain tumour in prison in 2009.
LINDA KASABIAN: The prosecution’s key witness, Kasabian eventually turned on Manson who she called “the devil.” Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi later said: “I doubt we would have convicted Manson without her.” Now 69, she lives in an unknown trailer park in poverty somewhere in the western U.S.
MARY BRUNNER: Brunner actually married Manson and together they had one child. She testified against the Family but soon felt bad and was jailed for six years for plotting to spring the cult leader and others. She has changed her name and lives in obscurity somewhere in the Midwest.
"After nearly 50 years in prison, Van Houten has been granted parole." - It seems strange to let people out of prison after such a long time. What are they going to do with the rest of their life... Work some job? Treat people as though they are prisoners? Commit another crime? Make new friends? Maybe in any room they would feel as though they are in prison.

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