Charles Manson supporter Patricia Krenwinkel refused parole
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declined to parole the Manson family member who used the victims’ blood to etch “Helter Skelter” and “Death to Pigs” onto the walls of the murder scenes.
Newsom’s decision to block Patricia Krenwinkel’s parole on Friday was the 15th time the 74-year-old has been denied freedom since she was convicted in 1969 for her involvement in the killing of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and seven others became.
“MS. Krenwinkel fully embraced Mr. Manson’s racist, apocalyptic ideologies,” Newsom said. Krenwinkel wasn’t just a victim of Mr. Manson’s abuse. She was also instrumental in the violence and tragedy that became the Manson family legacy.”
A parole board first recommended Krenwinkel’s release in May. She was initially sentenced to death in 1971, but a year later the California Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional.
Her lawyer argued she had changed completely since her conviction 51 years ago. She is the longest serving woman still in prison in the United States.
New laws since Krenwinkel was last denied parole in 2017 have required the parole board to say she committed the murders at a young age and is now an elderly prisoner.
Krenwinkel has attempted to distance herself from the Manson Family in recent years, but Newsom argued “their efforts have not sufficiently reduced their risk of future dangerousness.”
As a member of the notorious Manson cult, Krenwinkel committed crimes that “were among the most terrifying in California history,” Newsom said.
“Apart from the brutal murders she committed, she played a leading role in the cult and an enforcer of Mr. Manson’s tyranny. She forced the other women in the cult to obey Mr. Manson and stopped them from escaping when they tried to leave,” he said.
The former cultist admitted to repeatedly stabbing Abigail Folger, the heiress to the coffee fortune, at Tate’s home on August 9, 1969, when fellow Manson followers brutally murdered Tate, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent.
The next night, Krenwinkel used a fork to stab supermarket manager Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in the stomach. She then used her blood to write “Helter Skelter,” “Rise,” and “Death to Pigs” on the walls.
Krenwinkel described how she was physically, sexually, and emotionally abused by Manson during her time under his leadership. She claims that she was typically under the influence of drugs.
With postal wires