Leslie Van Houten, Charles Manson disciple and convicted murderer, up for parole. The now 60 year old has been a "model inmate" since a jury convicted her to life in prison at the age of 19 for her involvement in the "summer of Love" murder streak ordered by Charles Manson in 1969. Van Houten was one of five people convicted of murder and conspiracy for the brutal slayings of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca, the late actress Sharon Tate, and four others. Van Houten confessed to joining in stabbing Rosemary La Bianca to death but was not involved in the other drug fueled murders.
Van Houten has been described as a "model inmate" deserving of an early release by her supporters, friends, and family members. Van Houten has worked behind bars as a college tutor and is pursuing her master's degree in humanities. Van Houten has not committed one offense since beginning her sentence in the early 1970's. Van Houten also has a sound psychological background and participates in a prision based self help group for aging women called "Golden Girls."
Van Houten serves at the California Institution for Women at Frontera.
Van Houten is set to attend her 19th parole hearing on July 6, 2010. If Van Houten is found suitable for parole, the state parole board will review the decision within 120 days and then submit the request to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for a final decision.