Parole denied for Manson follower Krenwinkel in California

Patricia Krenwinkel, who was convicted for her role in the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate and four others, saw her 14th bid for parole rejected. She is California's longest serving female prisoner.

The board did not immediately release its reasons for denying Krenwinkel's parole.

This isn't the first time Krenwinkel has been up before the parole board as she has, in total, been denied parole 13 times.

The "Manson Family" killed seven people back in 1979, including Abigail Folger, the coffee heiress, actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant and married at the time to film director Roman Polanski and Jay Sebring, a celebrity hairstylist. "The next night, she helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in what prosecutors say was an attempt by Manson to ignite a race war". Krenwinkel later scrawled "Death to Pigs" on the wall with his blood.

Speaking last December about the hearing, Sharon Tate's sister Debra said: 'She totally minimized her actions and blamed everything on other people the whole hearing'.

Krenwinkel, 69, appeared before a parole board panel at the California Institution for Women in Corona. However, that decision was delayed when Krenwinkel's lawyer, Keith Wattley, made new claims saying that she'd been subjected to abuse from Manson.

"Sadly, there are millions of intimate partner battery victims in this country", he said in remarks prepared for Thursday's hearing. "The fact is that the board had understood the influence [with the other members of the Manson group]".

"There is no new evidence, no new allegations", he told the news station. It's just that this time I asked the panel to consider the psychological and physical abuse'.

Krenwinkel was a 19-year-old secretary living with her older sister when she met the 33-year-old Manson at a party. She testified that she left everything behind three days later to follow him because she believed they had a budding romantic relationship. "She did it (the murders) because she enjoyed it".

"I committed myself fully to him".

Krenwinkel contended at her previous parole hearing in 2011 that she is a changed woman. She told the court at the time that she both loved and feared Manson. Jerry Brown blocked her release.

Prosecutors say the slayings were meant to spark an apocalyptic race war that Manson called "Helter Skelter", after a Beatles song.

According to CNN other convicted "Manson Family" members - Bruce Davis and Leslie Van Houton - had also been recommended for parole in the past, but Gov.

Krenwinkel became the state's longest-serving female inmate when fellow Manson follower Susan Atkins died of cancer in prison in 2009.

  • Salvatore Jensen