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‘Manson family’ cultist Patricia Krenwinkel is the longest serving female prisoner in the United States.

The Governor of California blocked the amnesty of Followers of Charles Manson Patricia Krenwinkel – the longest serving female inmate in the US – more than 50 years after she scrawled “Helter Skelter” on the wall with the blood of one of their victims.

Krenwinkel was convicted in 1969 murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others. She helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in what prosecutors allege was an attempt by Manson to start a race war.

Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday that Krenwinkel, now 74, is still too much of a public safety risk to be freed.

“Multiple sclerosis. Krenwinkel fully embraced the racist, apocalyptic ideas of Mr. Manson,” said Newsom.

“Miss Krenwinkel is not just a victim of Mr. Manson’s abuse. She was also an important contributor to the violence and tragedy that became the legacy of the Manson Family,” he said.

In this 1970 photo, Charles Manson's followers, from left: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, walk into court to present their roles in the iconic 1969 murder of the seven, including including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, in Los Angeles, California [George Brich, File/AP]
In this 1970 photo, Charles Manson’s followers, from left: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, walk into court to present their roles in the iconic 1969 murder of the seven, including including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, in Los Angeles, California [File: George Brich/AP]

For the first time in May, a two-member pardon panel recommended Krenwinkel’s release – she had been denied pardon 14 times before.

Krenwinkel became the state’s longest serving female inmate when Manson watcher Susan Atkins died of cancer in prison in 2009. Her attorney, Keith Wattley, said he understood Krenwinkel was the longest serving woman. in U.S.A.

Newsom, the governor, said that Krenwinkel and other Manson followers had terrorizing California in the late 1960scommitted what he said “was one of the most feared crimes in the history of California”.

Newsom agreed that she behaved well in prison, completed numerous rehabilitation and education programs and “expressed extreme remorse”.

But she still hasn’t had enough insight into what led her to commit her crime, Newsom said.

“In addition to the brutal murders she committed, she played a leading role in the cult, and [was] an enforcer of Mr. Manson’s autocracy. She forced other women in the sect to obey Mr. Manson, and prevented them from escaping when they tried to leave,” he said.

Anthony DiMaria, grandson of Jay Sebring, one of Krenwinkel’s victims, has called on Newsom to block her release “due to the rare, serious, serious nature of her crimes”.

He said her actions incited “Helter Skelter’s entire legacy that has left permanent historical scars” and inspired at least two ritual murders years later.

Krenwinkel was 19 years old and was living with her sister when she met Manson, then 33, at a party during which she said she was feeling lost and alone.

Debra Tate, Sharon Tate’s older sister and last surviving member of the family, was among the victims who rejected Krenwinkel’s explanation that she was led by Manson to alcohol use and a disapproving family. when grow up.

Tate told parole officials: “We all come from problem homes and didn’t decide to go out and brutally murder seven strangers.

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