Jun 26, 2017

Who is Patricia Krenwinkel? Charles Manson family cult member denied parole in California

Patricia Krenwinkel
The 69-year-old played a part in a series of brutal killings that saw her caged for nearly half a century in California, USA

Tom Michael

The Sun
June 23, 2017

One of the jailed members of the murderous “Manson Family” cult of the 1960s is back in the headlines again.

Patricia Krenwinkel was denied parole by a court in the US after nearly 50 years behind bars. Here’s everything we know about her and her horrendous crimes…
Who is Patricia Krenwinkel?

Patricia Krenwinkel, now 69, was one of the notorious Manson Family cult, led by Charles Manson, who preached a bizarre philosophy incorporating Christianity, Scientology and the hippy movement.

She was a 19-year-old secretary living with her older sister when she met the 33-year-old Manson at a party in the 1960s.

She testified that she left everything behind three days later to follow him because she believed they had a budding romantic relationship.

Krenwinkel said in December that her feelings faded when Manson became physically and emotionally abusive, and trafficked her to other men for sex.

She said she left him twice only to be brought back, adding that she was usually under the influence of drugs and rarely left alone.

She said: “I thought I loved him. I thought it started with love, and then turned to fear.”
What were the Manson Family’s crimes?

In the summer of 1969, Manson directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war.

In May of that year Manson shot a black drug dealer named Bernard “Lotsapoppa” Crowe, who survived but never reported the crime.

On August 8, the feared cult leader ordered four of his blood-thirsty disciples – Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles “Tex” Watson – to the Beverly Hills address of movie actress Sharon Tate with the instruction to kill everyone in the house.

As well as Tate, who was married to director Roman Polanski and pregnant with his child, they murdered four other people at the property that fateful night.

Less than 24 hours later, the deadly gang – plus Leslie Van Houten and Steve ‘Clem’ Grogan – savagely tortured, murdered and mutilated wealthy LA couple Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.

Manson and his accomplices were all sent down for the murders, apart from Kasabian who testified against them and played no direct part in the killings.
What was Krenwinkel’s part in the killings?

Speaking in in December 2016, Krenwinkel recounted how she chased down and repeatedly stabbed Abigail Folger, 26, at Tate’s home on August 9, 1969.

She also told how she helped Manson and other followers kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary the following night.

Manson and his right-hand man, Charles “Tex” Watson, told her to “do something witchy”, she said.

So Krenwinkel stabbed LaBianca in the stomach with a fork, then took a rag and wrote “Helter Skelter”, ”Rise” and “Death to Pigs” on the walls with his blood.
Why was Krenwinkel denied parole?

Krenwinkel was denied parole for five more years on June 22 after officials in California investigated whether battered woman’s syndrome affected her state of mind during the slayings.

State law requires commissioners to give “great weight” to whether physical, emotional or mental abuse affected offenders to the point that “it appears the criminal behaviour was a result of that victimisation”.

But officials denied her application for bail, apparently agreeing with Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who praised the decision and insisted she was still dangerous.

In remarks for her parole hearing, Anthony DiMaria, the nephew of victim Thomas Jay Sebring, said: “Sadly, there are millions of intimate partner battery (domestic violence) victims in this country.

“But fortunately, it’s safe to say, that almost none of them suddenly become a maniacal predator that stalks, pounces, butchers and mutilates her victims.”

Krenwinkel has been refused parole 14 times now, and on this occasion the board did not release its reasons for the recommendations.


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