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Former Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel denied parole

It's hard to forget how outrageous and unrepentant Charles Manson and his three girl followers were during their trial in 1971 for the gruesome Tate-LaBianca murders. Forty years in prison appears to have taken the rebelliousness out of Patricia Krenwinkel. Krenwinkel is in the center of the 1971 photo at the bottom of this post.

As KTLA reported:

Asked to make her own final case to the board, Krenwinkel wept profusely, wiping her eyes with a tissue, and said, "I'm just haunted each and every day by the unending suffering of the victims, the enormity and degree of suffering I've caused.

Her voice rising in the silent room, she nearly shouted, "I'm so ashamed of my actions. The victims had so much life left to live."

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Former Manson family member and convicted murderer Patricia Krenwinkel appears at a parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 20.


Photo shows three women, convicted with Charles Manson of murder-conspiracy in the Tate-LaBianca slayings, march to court in Los Angeles, on April 19, 1971 for formal sentencing. Left to right: Leslie Van Houten, Patrice Krenwinkel, and Susan Atkins. Defense arguments on a request to question jurors and for a new trial may delay the sentencing by Judge Charles H. Olden, who has the power to reduce the death sentences decreed by the jury to life imprisonment.