• Krenwinkel Parole Fight Goes To Court

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.

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13 Responses to Krenwinkel Parole Fight Goes To Court

  1. Bobby Davidson says:

    Right on Katie is trying what ever she can do

    • Lee says:

      Battered Partner Syndrome? Really? Manson knocked around all those people, including the men that were there. He used to grab Juan Flynn by the hair, and hold knives to people’s throats. Every, single one of them ate sh*t from Manson, but not all of them went on to murder in the most gruesome of ways. Manson sent Pat, because he knew she would do whatever he wanted her to do, regardless. Her claiming abuse is preposterous!

      • Michael says:

        Agreed, Lee. For example,, Dianne Lake seems to have gotten more abuse than Krenwinkel but look at the difference.

  2. Matt says:

    One of the biggest differences for me, between Leslie and Pat is that Pat went out on the first night, expressed sadness after but went out again the next night with a vengeance. How do you trust that type of remorse? I am glad she has made good use of her life behind bars and should probably just go ahead and stay there.

    • Kim says:

      Agreed. It’s beyond comprehension after the first night involving torture and multiple murders that she was able to get out of bed, never mind participate in the second nights Horror- torture and multiple murders. I can’t understand the parole boards conclusion- maybe it’s her age and length of time in jail that drive them.. I don’t discount the battered person issue in the context of an undeveloped personality. I believe she has truly grown and availed herself of every opportunity to improve etc as best as that is possible

      STILL I’m stuck re the consecutive nights. I don’t know how one can fix whatever within her allowed her to go out to an innocent unsuspecting couples home and torture them- after the first night. I don’t doubt she feels deep remorse- that is separate from having her issues fixed

      I think she has to stay put and hope for the best when meeting her maker. It’s a sad waste of a life- I can feel compassion for her yet am of the opinion that life in jail is actually BETTER than what she deserves ( hence WTF is the parole board thinking)

      I can’t even begin to imagine what any of the victims families are going through. Parole for her or Tex would be more than I could bear. Even the thought of parole or having to read about all this legalese would really hurt me as a family member

  3. Sean K. says:

    Agreed. Pat and Tex were Charlie’s primary henchmen. That’s why they were both present on the two consecutive nights of horror. Manson could trust them to stick to the program and follow through. Exactly the reason why neither of them should ever be released. Still hard to conceive how a one time Sunday school teacher who was entrusted to care for the family’s children could have transformed herself into such a merciless monster.

  4. Mike says:

    Pat directly participated both nights. She stays right where she is.

  5. Wim Van Aerde says:

    gas chamber was the deal !!!!!!

  6. Pam says:

    Two consecutive nights of butchery and we’re still talking about her rights? She should stay where she’s for the rest of her life. Enough is enough.



  8. DS says:

    No parole Ever

  9. happydaysarehereagain says:

    I’m wondering just how much LVH’s parole has garnered legal precedent in not only with PK but the rest of the murderous crew. Or any of the poor old murderers who’ve served so long it’s time to open the flood gates. Any comment from any of her many attorneys? Pandora’s Box opened and not a word; but hey, at least their client has freedom.

    More than anyone can say about the victims or their families.

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