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Former Monrovian Leslie Van Houten Again Denied Parole

Former Monrovia High School cheerleader and homecoming princess Leslie Van Houten has again been denied parole. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday blocked parole for the Charles Manson follower for her involvement in the murder of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in 1969. Van Houten has been in prison for 50 years.

- Brad Haugaard


  1. This is sad. Listening to the podcast below, I could tell Ms. Van Houten is not at all the same person she was in her early twenties. If prison is for reform, I would say she is a success. At 72 with a spotless prison record, it is a disgrace that Newsome declares her a danger to society. He is just worried about the political ramifications of her release in such a high profile case.
    I find it really sad to keep someone in prison after they have met the requirements for parole, understand the harm they caused, are truly sorry for the harm they caused.
    Everyone is capable of growth and change. If a prisoner does the work, they change. They no longer are that young person who was involved with drugs, or didn't have the maturity to know they were making a really bad choice for their life. If a person truly has changed, and they are found eligible for parole, why keep them in prison for a crime they would have never committed if they had the wisdom and maturity they have now?

    1. Sentences also have to do with justice. What she did to her victims is extraordinarily vicious. How nice that she got to live to be 72, while her victims have long been in their graves. I am not sad for a ruthless murderer. I am sad for her victims who suffered by her hand and for their families.

  2. I have to agree with Anonymous! Why should murderers get paroled anyway? They killed they have to pay the price, and her price was Life, they all should have been executed but our simple laws id why they ae still alive today!

  3. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his Lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the Lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their Lord all that was done. Then his Lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his Lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
    Matthew 18:21‭-‬29‭, ‬31‭-‬35 KJV