Gov. Newsom Blocks 74-Year-Old Woman’s Parole, Says She ‘Still Poses an Unreasonable Danger to Society’

Manson’s family member Patricia Krenwinkel was denied parole, and Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom said she “still poses an unreasonable danger to society.”

Krenwinkel served about 53 years in prison and became the state’s longest-serving female inmate in California in 2009 after the death of Charles Manson supporter Susan Atkins, People reported. Manson died in prison in 2017.

Though Newsom has drawn a line at Krenwinkel, Newsom has granted a total of 112 pardons, 109 commutations and 34 grace periods through January, according to a statement from its office.

In that case, however, he turned down a parole board recommendation to release the 74-year-old, who was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder in the August 1969 murders that made Manson and his supporters notorious.

The recommendation to release Krenwinkel came after 14 previous denials by the parole board, according to CNN.


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“Following an independent and thorough review, the evidence shows that Ms. Krenwinkel is not eligible for parole and cannot be safely released from prison at this time,” Newsom said Friday.

Newsom said that despite her youth at the time of the murders and her changes in prison, Krenwinkel should not be paroled.

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“MS. Krenwinkel was not only a victim of Mr. Manson’s abuse. She was also instrumental in the violence and tragedy that became the legacy of the Manson family,” Newsom said in his decision.

“Apart from the brutal murders she committed, she played a leading role in the cult and an enforcer of Mr. Manson’s tyranny,” he explained.

Newsom said Krenwinkel had not changed enough to be freed.


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“Specifically, Ms. Krenwinkel has not developed sufficient insight into the causative factors of her crime and her triggers for antisocial thinking and behavior associated with maladaptive relationships,” Newsom wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Krenwinkel fully embraced Mr. Manson’s racist, apocalyptic ideologies and told the psychologist, ‘He was a survivor to the core…racist to the core…we all accepted that. I believed in him… I was totally into it,'” Newsom wrote.

During the Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969, Krenwinkel stabbed Abigail Folger 28 times.

“At her parole hearing, Ms. Krenwinkel accepted responsibility for her direct crimes but continued to place undue blame on Mr. Manson for decisions and conduct under her control,” Newsom wrote.

Krenwinkel was originally sentenced to death in 1971, but that sentence was commuted to life imprisonment when the state death penalty was abolished. Gov. Newsom Blocks 74-Year-Old Woman’s Parole, Says She ‘Still Poses an Unreasonable Danger to Society’

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