MANSON FOLLOWER PAROLE ON HOLD
sacramento, calif.» A twomember parole panel Thursday delayed making a decision on whether to release an accomplice of cult killer Charles Manson and who is the longest-serving female inmate in California.
After a day-long hearing, the panel from the Board of Parole Hearings postponed a decision on whether to free Patricia Krenwinkel “because they felt information discussed at the hearing was cause for an investigation,” spokeswoman Vicky Waters said in an e-mail.
Debra Tate, the sister of slain Sharon Tate, said the parole officials told her the hearing was likely to be postponed about six months while they research to see whether Krenwinkel meets the criteria for having battered women’s syndrome.
The panel’s decision to delay came after the 69-year-old Krenwinkel was previously denied parole 13 times, most recently in 2011.
Krenwinkel acknowledged during her trial that she chased down and stabbed Abigail Ann Folger, the heiress of a coffee fortune, at Tate’s home.
Convicted murderer Patricia Krenwinkel appears at a 2011 parole hearing. Reed Saxon,