Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
My name is Anthony DiMaria, nephew of Jay Sebring who was one of ten people killed by the so called Manson “family”.
This is the third letter I write you regarding your decision on suitability of parole for inmate Leslie Van Houten CDC#-W13378.
I am compelled to contact you in light of Dianne Lake’s book released last week and the disturbing onslaught of sexual assaults against women revealed in the news. In light of such enormous public outrage, it seems that we as a civil society are prepared to handle sex crimes against women and girls – with appropriate justice.
Dianne Lake was 14-16 when she resided at the Ranch where the Manson family existed. Ms. Lake reveals she had sex with Charles Manson individually and in group sex situations in which Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel were involved. Also, both women were aware of Dianne’s age at the time.
At Patricia Krenwinkel’s hearing December 29, 2016, the inmate revealed for the first time her knowledge of the rapes of girls 12-15 years of age. Ms. Krenwinkel described the crimes not out of concern for the young victims or to come clean – rather to distance herself from Manson and illustrate him as a horrific individual.
What I witnessed at that hearing was so disturbing I filed a formal complaint to Jennifer Shaffer and Jennifer Neill at CDCR and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office in January of this year.
Please see an excerpt from my complaint below:
“Now that the Board is opening an investigation to determine if Ms. Krenwinkel is an abuse victim of Manson, I submit to authorities an ADDITIONAL investigation to be pursued in light of new details revealed by Patricia Krenwinkel in her hearing last December – the rapes of under aged old girls at the ranch.
Krenwinkel (p.124): “There was people that took care of the children…so that’s a lot of people and there has to be a designation of labor. And he (Manson) would design that…So I would take care of the children.”
Krenwinkel (p.208): “He’s a pedophile. He slept with girls that were 12 years old at the ranch. 13 years old, 14 years old. 15 year old.”
Since the Board is now opening investigations in addition to it’s chief role of determining suitability of parole and danger to society, I demand an investigation pursuant to Penal Code 32 PC to determine if Patricia Krenwinkel was an accessory after the fact in the rapes of children- if these children were ABUSE VICTIMS of Patricia Krenwinkel… or any of the clan at the ranch.
Let there be no distraction from who the ACTUAL victims are… with regard to these murders, or in the rapes of children.”
It is deplorable that Leslie Van Houten has not addressed these crimes against young girls in which she was aware and/or involved in during group sex in which fourteen year Dianne Lake was molested and raped.
I submit this information is grounds to deny parole to Leslie Van Houten…and to initiate an investigation into the sex crimes against children committed by culpable members of the Manson family.
Governor Brown, I thank you for your service and guidance.
Great letter, thank you Mr DiMaria.
Gotta love it how vindictive individuals always exploit trendy moral panics to further their own agendas. Pedophilia was a punishable crime that decade just like it is now, why is it that only now we’re hearing about Manson supposedly raping women/kids?
We have been hearing about these rapes for nearly 50 years now
This is the first time I’ve heard this specific argument invoked to justify keeping one of the Manson women locked up. This is blatant moralfaggotry. If people wanna persuade sheep to jump on some bandwagon and waste our tax dollars in the process, they need to learn to be consistent with their grievances.
50 years ago, the Manson family were dismissed as ‘nigger-lovers’ when that was the public sentiment. A few decades later in the PC era, Manson was a horrible Nazi racist. Now that rapists are the new boogeymen and there’s a moral panic over sex offenders, Manson and the 3 women are of course rapists and rape-enablers.
What’s next? They were Soviet spies who hacked the Nixon election? Lmao.
Another trendy over exaggerated abused word is terrorist. Like Leslie is nearly 70 years old, how they claim she is a danger and compares her to tim mcveigh is beyond a pathetic joke
With great respect for Mr. Dimaria and his family I am sorry but too many years have passed to legally pursue the charge of under age sex against Leslie Van Houten or Krenwinkle. It is all for naught anyway; neither one of the girls nor Bruce Davis will ever be set free, rightfully so. They will all die in prison, as they should. Everyone knows what they are, cold blooded killers, sociopaths, dangerous forever. The parole boards are suggesting parole because the prisoners have met all of the criteria, whatever that means. However, the governor, whoever that should ever be will never let them out. Never. And that’s how it should be.