Debra Tate Pens Los Angeles Times Op-Ed

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Debra and Patti Tate, at the funeral of their sister, Sharon Tate, Wednesday, August 13, 1969.

Jan. 4 – Debra Tate has penned an Op-Ed for the Los Angeles Times in which she discusses the most recent parole hearing of Patricia Krenwinkel.

Last Thursday, the California Board of Parole Hearings issued a continuance on the parole suitability hearing for Patricia Krenwinkel, because it was suggested that Krenwinkel was a victim of “intimate partner abuse.” According to Vicky Waters, Press Secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Board of Parole hearings will conduct an investigation into the allegations, and then resume the hearing at a later date.

“I couldn’t believe it when Lam asked if Krenwinkel qualified as a battered woman,” wrote Tate. “Nor could the other family members in the hearing room.”

“Patricia Krenwinkel has been diagnosed as a sociopath more than once. In the controlled environment of prison, she has done well. But she is still a dangerous woman. Krenwinkel — and all the members of the Manson family — should never be granted parole.”

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10 Responses to Debra Tate Pens Los Angeles Times Op-Ed

  1. Donna Nelson says:

    She has not been diagnosed as a sociopath.

  2. Eileen says:

    You have got to be freakin’ insensitive to this article, picture, and especially anything GOT dang resembling a HUMAN Donna Nelson. Ya got to be looking for attention because NO ONE in their right mind would cherry pick what you just did from this article.

    All I can say is this: better be skippy arse happy this didn’t happen to YOUR loved ones.

  3. Donna Nelson says:

    Not that I don’t have compassion. But Debra isn’t always honest either. Didn’t mean to seem insensitive. Just read another article and that was on my mind.

  4. Steph says:

    Donna, can you share the other article you are referring to? Thanks

  5. Donna Nelson says:

    As well there have been articles about Debra in similarity. I do have compassion for the victims and their families. I think Sharon was the most beautiful woman of her Era and very sweet. With Debra, she doesn’t seem as genuine as her mother and her sister in their fight for jusTice. While I have no doubt that she loved Sharon… it seems,also she uses her sister for artenting as well.

  6. Donna Nelson says:

    Attention, that is.

  7. Stephen Craig says:

    I think the pertinent issue is whether or not PK I suitable for parole: whether or not she has been diagnosed as a sociopath, or whether or not DT is always truthful is besides the point. As we who have followed this case know, the defendants were initially sentenced to death on multiple counts: the only reason why they were never executed is that in 1972 the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional, and “kicked” the application of it back to the states. Within a year, it was back on the ballot and overwhelming approved of by the people of California; only it wasn’t retroactive. The Manson killers “slipped” through the “cracks’, and were now eligible for parole after 7 years. Obviously, for most of us, that decision and the fact that the legislature didn’t think things through and now offered these particularly brutal killers a chance for freedom was appalling. I can’t imagine the reaction of a family member who lost their loved one so senselessly. I guess I’m revisiting history is because I feel we as a society have already been merciful; their lives were spared; but allowing them to reenter society, and I don’t care how old they are/how long incarcerated, is unacceptable. PK, for whatever reasons, participated in human slaughter, and at the very least, we owe it to the victims to make sure she is never granted parole.

  8. Donna Nelson says:

    I believe LVH and even PK have paid for their crimes and have turned their lives around. I do not feel they would be any further risk to society.

    You stated they were originally given death penalty…which was reduced to life in prison with possibility of parole. That is the law.

    Just my humble opinion.

  9. Kathy says:

    Your humble opinion? Well here’s mine: They are both psychopaths who deserve to die in prison. And they will.

    Like you said: POSSIBILITY of parole. That is the law. A very, very, very remote possibility.

  10. Jenmar81 says:

    I agree. When the victims get paroled from their graves and the families get paroled from their pain then the Manson monsters can get paroled.

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