LESLIE VAN HOUTEN
Imprisoned in Corona, Calif.
A jury found that the former homecoming princess was convicted of holding down Rosemary LaBianca in her Los Feliz home while an accomplice stabbed her. She was convicted of murder and conspiracy in 1978 at her third trial for the crimes, just months after she’d been released on bail following a hung jury verdict.
Van Houten said she was introduced to Manson by a boyfriend and came to view him as Jesus Christ, believing in his bizarre plan to commit murders and spark a race war.
She is serving her life sentence at the California Institution for Women in Corona, prison officials say, and has been discipline-free for her entire sentence.
Van Houten told a parole board in 2002 that she was “deeply ashamed” of her role in the killings. She has been denied parole 19 times. She will be eligible for parole next in 2018.