Charles Manson Family killer could walk free after 50 years in jail

Charles Manson follower ‘Big Patty’ could go free after spending 50 years behind bars for infamous Hollywood murders

  • Patricia Krenwinkel, 74, helped kill actress Sharon Tate and four others in 1969
  • She used the blood of a grocer and his wife to scrawl ‘Helter Skelter’ on walls
  • She claimed her actions came after Charles Manson told her to be ‘witchy’
  • Manson died in prison aged 83 in 2017 – with many jailed followers denied parole
  • The Charles Manson follower known as Big Patty has been recommended for release after more than five decades behind bars.

    Patricia Krenwinkel, 74, has been denied parole 14 times for the murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in 1969.

    She helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary the next night, using their blood to scrawl ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Rise’ and ‘Death to Pigs’ on the walls.

    Krenwinkel claimed her actions came after Manson told her to do something ‘witchy’.

    Patricia Krenwinkel, 74, has been denied parole 14 times (pictured in March 2020)

    Patricia Krenwinkel, 74, has been denied parole 14 times (pictured in March 2020)

    The new recommendation by California’s parole board is the closest Krenwinkel has been to release. The decision is likely to go to Governor Gavin Newsom for a final decision. He has previously rejected parole recommendations for other followers of Manson, who died in prison aged 83 in 2017. New laws since Krenwinkel was last denied parole in 2017 required the panel to consider that she committed the murders at a young age – 21 – and is now an elderly prisoner.

    She had claimed in 2017 that she was affected by battered women’s syndrome when she helped in the bloody slayings by the Manson Family cult.

    Krenwinkel’s attorney Keith Wattley said his client was no longer a danger to society.

    ‘She’s completely transformed,’ he added.

    Krenwinkel was a 19-year-old secretary when she first met Manson, then 33, at a party.

    Category:

    celex

    Tags:

    , , , , , ,