One of the women convicted of going on a murder spree on the orders of cult leader Charles Manson was again denied parole this week, after nearly half a century in prison.
In 1971 Patricia Krenwinkel was convicted of seven counts of murder for her role in the 1969 massacres, which left seven people dead including the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. She is the longest-serving female inmate in the California prison system, and has been denied parole 13 times.
Krenwinkel, 69, went before the parole board claiming that she had been abused by Charles Manson at the time of the murders and suffered from “Intimate Partner Battery,” commonly called “battered wife syndrome.”
Krenwinkel famously stabbed Folger coffee heiress Abigail Folger 28 times in one of the murders, even as Folger pleaded with her to stop because “I’m already dead.”
The following night, Krenwinkel wrote “Death to Pigs” on the wall in the blood of one of her other victims, Rosemary LaBianca, the wife of a California grocer.
At the time, Krenwinkel was only 21 years old, and had been living with Manson since she was 19.
Family of the victims in the Tate-LaBianca murders have continually fought the parole of Krenwinkel and the other members of the Manson Family who have sought parole in California’s penal system, which does not have the death penalty.
“She could have cut and run any time,” Debra Tate, Sharon’s sister, recently told CNN. “She did it because she enjoyed it.”
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