Manson Family cult follower Patricia Krenwinkel is the longest-serving prisoner in the United States.
The California governor has blocked the parole of Charles Manson supporter Patricia Krenwinkel, the longest-serving prisoner in the United States, more than 50 years after she scrawled “Helter Skelter” on a wall in the blood of one of her victims.
Krenwinkel was convicted of the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others. She had helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in what prosecutors say was an attempt by Manson to start a race war.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that Krenwinkel, now 74, remains too great a risk to public safety to be released.
“Millisecond. Krenwinkel fully accepted Mr. Manson’s racist and apocalyptic ideologies,” Newsom said.
“Ms. Krenwinkel was not just a victim of Mr. Manson’s abuse. She also contributed significantly to the violence and tragedy that became the Manson Family legacy,” she said.
A two-member parole panel first recommended in May that Krenwinkel be released; he had been denied parole 14 times previously.
Krenwinkel became the longest-serving inmate in the state when Manson supporter Susan Atkins died of cancer in prison in 2009. Her attorney, Keith Wattley, said he understands Krenwinkel is the longest-serving woman in the state. The USA.
Newsom, the governor, said Krenwinkel and other Manson supporters had terrorized California in the late 1960s, committing crimes he said were “among the most terrifying in California history.”
Newsom agreed that he had behaved well in prison, completed many rehabilitation and education programs, and “demonstrated effusive remorse.”
But she still doesn’t have enough information about what led her to commit her crimes, Newsom said.
“Beyond the brutal murders he committed, he played a leadership role in the cult and [was] an executor of the tyranny of Mr. Manson. He forced the other women in the cult to obey Mr. Manson and prevented them from escaping when they tried to leave,” he said.
Anthony DiMaria, the nephew of Jay Sebring, one of Krenwinkel’s victims, urged Newsom to block his release “because of the rare, serious and heinous nature of his crimes.”
He said his actions incited “the entire legacy of Helter Skelter that has caused permanent historical scars” and inspired at least two ritualized killings years later.
Krenwinkel was 19 years old and living with her older sister when she met Manson, then 33, at a party at a time when she said she felt lost and lonely.
Debra Tate, the sister and last surviving member of Sharon Tate’s immediate family, was among the victims who rejected Krenwinkel’s explanation that drinking and an unsupportive family led her to Manson growing up.
“We all come from troubled homes and we didn’t decide to go out and brutally kill seven strangers,” Tate told probation officers.