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Krenwinkel Parole Fight Goes To Court

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Apr. 16 – A month after Leslie Van Houten won freedom through California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal, Patricia Krenwinkel was in Los Angeles County Superior Court filing a petition of her own.

On June 30, 2023, Krenwinkel filed a writ of habeas corpus, challenging Governor Gavin Newsom’s reversal of her 2022 parole suitability finding.

Her petition argued that Gov. Newsom failed to give any weight to her experience of intimate partner battering; or adequate consideration to youth and elderly parole. Additionally, she argued that use of insight as a basis for parole denial is unconstitutional.

Krenwinkel, 76, was scheduled to have her subsequent parole hearing at the end of last year. It was postponed because she was waiting on the court to rule on her writ.

In January, Judge William C. Ryan denied Krenwinkel’s petition stating:
“This court is not entitled to reweigh the evidence before the Governor; rather, it is tasked with determining whether the record contains some evidence in support of the Governor’s decision. The court concludes that it does.”

Last week, Krenwinkel waived her right to a parole hearing for one year. It is expected that she will pursue this matter in the appellate court where Van Houten prevailed last year.

Bruce Davis Parole Hearing Continued

Thursday, January 18th, 2024


Jan. 18 – Bruce Davis’ 34th parole suitability hearing that was scheduled for today has been continued due to insufficient information. The continuance is under California Code of Regulations, title 15, § 2253, subd. (e). The hearing will be rescheduled in 6-12 months, depending on how long it takes to gather the additional information.

UPDATE – Bruce Davis’ parole hearing is tentatively scheduled to resume Thursday, August 8, 2024.

Krenwinkel Parole Hearing Postponed

Friday, September 15th, 2023

Sept. 15 – Patricia Krenwinkel’s upcoming parole hearing has been postponed due to scheduling issues. Krenwinkel, 75, was slated to have a hearing in December, will not appear before the board until May of next year. Krenwinkel has been denied parole 15 times since becoming eligible in February of 1977. The Board of Parole Hearings found her suitable for parole at her last hearing, but the grant was reversed by Governor Gavin Newsom a few months later.

Updated 9/15/23 – The reason for the postponement: There is current, pending litigation challenging the Governor’s reversal of my last grant of parole in the Los Angeles County Superior Court that will not be resolved by November 2023.

Updated 4/9/24 – Patricia Krenwinkel has voluntarily waived her right to a parole hearing for one year. Her next hearing is now tentatively scheduled for June 2025.

10050 Cielo Drive Front Door Up For Auction

Monday, July 31st, 2023

Jul. 31 – Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies are auctioning a vast collection of objects marketed as synonymous with Hollywood’s greatest legends and the world’s most famous figures.

Included in this auction will be lot #1029, the front door of 10050 Cielo Drive. It is the door that Susan Atkins infamously scrawled the word PIG in Sharon Tate’s blood in the early morning hours of August 9, 1969. The same door where LAPD lifted the only latent fingerprint that tied Tex Watson to the murder scene.

The cottage-styled door dates back to 1942 and covered the front entryway to the main residence from construction to demolition. In 1994, musician Trent Reznor took the door and subsequently put it on his New Orleans recording studio. Reznor eventually abandoned the studio and the new tenant sold the door to Christopher Moore, a local man and self-described collector of oddities.

The door will be sold at Julien’s “Legends: Hollywood & Royalty” auction, taking place live Wednesday, September 6th in Beverly Hills. Online bidding has already begun.

Updated 9/8/23 – The door was sold to an undisclosed bidder for $127,000

Van Houten Released on Parole

Tuesday, July 11th, 2023

Jul. 11 – Leslie Van Houten has been released on parole.