Leslie Van Houten, Ex-Manson Family Member, Granted Release from California Prison, Confirms Official

Former Charles Manson Follower Turned Convicted Murderer

Van Houten, Now in Her 70s, Reflects on Joining the Notorious 'Manson Family' Cult as a Teenager

Leslie Van Houten, a former Charles Manson follower, has been released on parole after serving over 50 years in prison for hefr involvement in the infamous Manson amily murders.

Van Houten was convicted in 1971 on two counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder for her role in the brutal stabbing of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, a wealthy Los Angeles couple, in August 1969.

The murders took place one day after the killing of actress Sharon Tate and four others at the home of director Roman Polanski, crimes orchestrated by Charles Manson.

Van Houten initially received a death sentence, but it was later commuted to life imprisonment when California abolished capital punishment.