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On Wednesday, a panel of California state commissioners in Chino granted parole to 68-year-old Leslie Van Houten, one of the infamous Manson cult members convicted in the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in 1969.

Jerry Brown now has 120 days to affirm, reverse or take no action against the move to end her life sentence.

In 1969, Charles Manson and his followers, dubbed "The Manson Family", committed a string of brutal murders so brutal they rival even the most gruesome of horror movies.

After Van Houten and others stabbed the LaBiancas in their home, they used their blood to write "Rise", "Death to Pigs" and "Healter-Skelter", a misspelled reference to a Beatles song, on the walls and a fridge door.

On Wednesday, the panel focused on the very issue that led Brown to deny Van Houten's freedom previous year: her transformation from homecoming princess to killer.

During her parole hearing a year ago, she said the murders were the start of what Manson believed was a coming race war that he dubbed "Helter Skelter", after a Beatles song. Jerry Brown, who denied Van Houten's parole in 2016.

Manson, 82 - who suffered a health scare earlier this year - remains confined in Corcoran State Prison.

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This is not the first time that Van Houten's parole is hanging by a thread. It was the 21st time that Houten appeared before the parole board.

Van Houten was both the youngest and also seemingly the most unlikely member of Manson's so-called family.

Van Houten was originally sentenced to death, but her sentence changed when the California Supreme Court eliminated the death penalty in 1972.

"I don't let myself off the hook". Then, she picked up a butcher knife and stabbed the woman more than a dozen times.

Share ended her testimony by saying that she regretted encouraging Houten to join the cult.

Brown has also denied parole on four occasions to Bruce Davis, another Manson follower.


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