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Former Manson Follower and Convicted Murderer Leslie Van Houten Approved for Parole

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Van Houten has been in prison for more than 40 years for her role in two brutal murders committed by disciples of Charles Manson.
Van Houten has been in prison for more than 40 years for her role in two brutal murders committed by disciples of Charles Manson.

Sep 7th, 2017
By Associated Press
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Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson’s murderous followers, was recommended for parole Wednesday by a state panel that concluded she has radically changed her life during the more than 40 years she has been in prison for two brutal murders she helped commit 48 years ago and is no longer a threat to society.

The two-member panel’s ruling must still be approved by the state Parole Board and Gov, Jerry Brown, who reversed another panel’s ruling last year.

In blocking her release then, Brown said Van Houten had failed to adequately explain to the panel how a model teenager from a privileged Southern California family who had once been a homecoming princess could have turned into a ruthless killer by age 19.

On Wednesday, the panel grilled her for two hours on how she could address those concerns.

“I’ve had a lot of therapy trying to answer that question myself,” she said.

“To tell you the truth, the older I get the harder it is to deal with all of this, to know what I did, how it happened,” added Van Houten, now a frail-looking 68-year-old who appeared before the panel on crutches, her gray hair pulled back in a bun.

She went on to say that she was devastated when her parents divorced when she was 14. Soon after, she said, she began hanging out with her school’s outcast crowd in the Los Angeles suburb of Monrovia. She started smoking marijuana and graduated to LSD at 15. When she was 17, she and her boyfriend ran away to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury District during San Francisco’s summer of love.

When they returned, she said, she discovered she was pregnant. When her mother found out, she ordered her to have an abortion and bury her fetus in their backyard.

Soon after, she was traveling up and down the California coast, trying to find peace within herself when acquaintances led her to Manson, who was holed up at an old abandoned movie ranch on the outskirts of Los Angeles where he had recruited what he called a “family” to survive what he insisted would be a race war he would launch by committing a series of random, horrifying murders. His disaffected youthful followers became convinced that the small-time criminal and con man was actually a Christ-like figure and believed him.

As she did at her parole hearing last year, the soft-spoken Van Houten went on to candidly describe how she joined several other members of the “Manson Family” in killing Los Angeles grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their home on Aug. 9, 1969, carving up La Bianca’s body and smearing the couple’s blood on the walls.
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She was not with Manson followers the night before when they killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others during a similar bloody rampage.

On the night of the second attack she said she held Rosemary La Bianca down with a pillowcase over her head as others stabbed her dozens of times. Then, ordered by Manson disciple Tex Watson to “do something,” she picked up a butcher knife and stabbed the woman more than a dozen times.

“I feel absolutely horrible about it, and I have spent most of my life trying to find ways to live with it,” she added quietly.

Relatives of the La Biancas didn’t believe her. They spoke emotionally as they pleaded with the commission to reject her parole bid.

“No member of the Manson family deserves parole, ever,” nephew Louis Smaldino said. “She is a total narcissist and only thinks of herself and not the damage she has done.”
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The voice of the La Biancas’ oldest grandson, Tony LaMontagne, broke as he noted he’s about to turn 44, the same age his grandfather was when he was killed.

“Please see to it that this fight doesn’t have to happen every year for the rest of our lives,” he said of Van Houten’s nearly two dozen parole hearings.

Family members left before the panel announced its decision.

In reaching it, Parole Commissioner Brian Roberts and Deputy Commissioner Dale Pomantz said they took into account Van Houten’s entire time of incarceration. During those years she has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling, been certified as a counselor and headed numerous programs to help inmates.

“You’ve been a facilitator, you’ve been a tutor and you’ve been giving back for quite a number of years,” Roberts said.

Still, he warned her that if she is released that living in society again will not be easy. He noted parole officials have heard from “tens of thousands” of people who don’t want her released. But others, he added, including many who have known her since childhood, spoke up for her, saying they’ve seen her mature in prison and become a different person.

“So with that we’d like to wish you good luck,” he said.
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“Thank you very much, I really appreciate it,” replied Van Houten, who attended on crutches because of a knee injury suffered in a recent fall. She said her health is otherwise fine.

Afterward, her attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, said he believes Van Houten addressed the concerns the governor had when he denied her parole last year.

“My hope is he’s going to follow the law and let his commissioners do their job,” he said.

He added his client was relieved by Wednesday’s ruling, adding he believes she will be released eventually.

“I’m getting her out of here. That’s not an issue. The question is when,” he said.

No one who took part in the Tate-La Bianca murders has been released from prison so far.

Van Houten has been in prison for more than 40 years for her role in two brutal murders committed by disciples of Charles Manson.
By Associated Press
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CANNABIS COMPANY PLANS TO TURN DESERT TOWN INTO POT PARADISE

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Nipton Trading Post in Nipton, Calif.
Nipton Trading Post in Nipton, Calif.

Associated Press August 04, 2017
BY JOHN LOCHER AND JOHN RODGERS

NIPTON, Calif. (AP) — Now that one of the nation’s largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania?

The name Weed already belongs to an old mill town in Northern California.

American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of Nipton, which includes its Old West-style hotel, a handful of houses, an RV park and a coffee shop. Its plans are to transform the old Gold Rush town into what it calls “an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”

The town’s current owner, Roxanne Lang, said the sale is still in escrow, but confirmed American Green is the buyer. She declined to reveal price before the sale closes, but noted she and her late husband, Gerald Freeman, listed the property at $5 million when they put it up for sale last year.

Asked what her husband would think of the buyers’ plans to turn Nipton into the pot paradise of the California desert, she laughed heartily.
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“I think he would find a lot of humor in that,” she finally said, adding that as a Libertarian Freeman had no problem with people using marijuana, and as a proponent of green power he’d be all in favor of energy independence. Over the years he’d installed a solar farm himself that provides much of the tiny town’s electricity.

American Green says it plans to expand that farm and also bottle and sell cannabis-infused water from Nipton’s plentiful aquifer, joint moves that would make the town green in more ways than one.

The buyers are also reaching out to edibles manufacturers and other pot-industry businesses, hoping they’ll be interested in relocating to Nipton and bringing jobs with them.

The town’s current residents number fewer than two dozen and one of its major sources of revenue is the California Lottery tickets the general store sells to people who cross the state line from Nevada because they can’t buy them there.
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“We are excited to lead the charge for a true Green Rush,” David Gwyther, American Green’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “The cannabis revolution that’s going on here in the U.S. has the power to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century.”

Indeed it was a gold rush that created Nipton in the early 1900s when the precious metal was found nearby.

But by the time Freeman, a Los Angeles geologist who liked to look for gold in his spare time, discovered the place in the 1950s it was already a ghost town. Even worse it was 60 miles south of Las Vegas and 10 miles (16 kilometers) off the major highway that connects that city to Los Angeles.
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“I like to say it’s conveniently located in the middle of nowhere,” jokes Lang.

Freeman bought the town in 1985 anyway and spent the next 30 years lovingly restoring its boutique hotel and general store, building canvas-covered “eco cabins” and stocking them with wood-burning stoves and swamp coolers.

The small hotel has become a popular destination with desert aficionados and fans of the Old West, even though it’s located so close to a major rail line that moves freight between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City that guests are handed earplugs with their room keys.

Carl Cavaness, who works at the hotel, said Thursday the sale caught him by surprise. He said he hopes the new owners will let him and his wife stay.

“We like the quiet and solitude,” the 53-year-old handyman said.

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THE NEW LARRY FLYNT’S LUCKY LADY CASINO

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From the LA Times
By Hugo Martin Contact Reporter
March 15, 2017

The exterior of Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena. The working-class city hopes Flynt's investment in the casino pays off for Gardena. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
The exterior of Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena. The working-class city hopes Flynt’s investment in the casino pays off for Gardena. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

“With Larry Flynt involved, controversy is inevitable. But Gardena likes its chances with his casino investment”

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“Adult entertainment mogul Larry Flynt is no stranger to controversy, and less than eight months after taking over a struggling Gardena casino, his new enterprise has already sparked its share of strife.”

“But the working-class South Bay city is betting that Flynt’s gamble on the card club will pay off with an economic resurgence that will preserve hundreds of jobs and generate extra tax revenue for Gardena’s coffers.”

The Times’ post continues:

On Saturday, Flynt plans to unveil the nearly $5 million in renovations he has made at the former Normandie Casino, which he renamed the Lucky Lady Casino and crowned with a neon sign depicting a scantily clad woman, swinging a bare leg.

In addition, Flynt has upgraded the 50,000-square-foot casino with a new paint job, fresh carpeting, chandeliers, furniture and flat-screen television sets. The casino added a new smoking area and remodeled its restaurant.

But Flynt, 74, said he isn’t done.

Architects are already drawing up plans for the possible addition of retail and office space on the 12.5 acres surrounding the casino, according to Flynt, who says he is willing to spend up to $60 million on the property over the next few years.

“It will do good for Gardena,” Flynt said in an interview from his ornate office on the 10th floor of a Beverly Hills building.

Gardena officials hope he is right. After disputes over his contributions to the city and the decency of his casino sign, Flynt and the city have reached an agreement that both sides anticipate will generate profits for Flynt and economic renewal for the city.

“I personally believe this will be a shot in the arm for the street,” Gardena City Manager Mitchell Lansdell said of West Rosecrans Avenue, where the Lucky Lady Casino is surrounded by strip malls, an aging apartment complex and a welding supply warehouse.

The casino is licensed to operate 60 tables and employs about 400 people.

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Since the renovation work began in August, business has picked up by at least 10%, said Thomas Candy, Flynt’s executive vice president of gaming operations.

“It was very dull and drab before,” Candy said.

Players agree that the renovations have brightened the atmosphere in the casino.

“This is 100% better,” said Sue Laurie, a retiree who has been playing poker at the former Normandie Casino for decades. “Before, it was all dark.”

But like many of Flynt’s business endeavors, this one has been punctuated by conflict.

When the owners of the rival Normandie Casino pleaded guilty last year to shielding several high rollers from federal reporting requirements and violating the Bank Secrecy Act, Flynt bought the casino for an undisclosed amount.

Since 2000, Flynt has operated the Hustler Casino, which sits less than a mile from the Normandie Casino on West Redondo Beach Boulevard. The Hustler and Normandie casinos combined generate nearly 20% of Gardena’s general fund revenue, which is why the stakes were so high for both sides in the ensuing negotiations.

Once Flynt took over the Normandie, the city of Gardena proposed that Flynt give[sic] the city $800,000 a month from his two casinos.

Flynt rejected the deal and briefly closed the Normandie Casino, threatening to sell its gaming license. The city backed off on its proposal and, instead, the two sides reached an agreement to have Flynt pay 12% of his monthly gross gaming revenue for both casinos.

In addition, if the gross gaming revenue for the Lucky Lady exceeds $2 million in any month, the city must reimburse Flynt a portion of the 12% contribution in the form of loans and grants to pay for casino renovation work.

“They were trying to shake me down,” Flynt grumbled.” read more…

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Manson Family Values: Whatever Happened to the Children of the Manson Family? + UPDATES ON THE FAMILY

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Scroll down to access the Original post from September 5, 2009

I’m gluing Manson Family updates to the top of the post as they become available.

UPDATE:

From September 10, 2017

FILE - In this April 14, 2016, file photo, former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten confers with her attorney, during a break from her hearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif. Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Mason's murderous hippie followers is once more attempting to persuade a California parole panel she has reformed and deserves release from prison. Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Manson in 1969, is scheduled to appear before a parole panel for the 21st time Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)more +
FILE – In this April 14, 2016, file photo, former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten confers with her attorney, during a break from her hearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif. Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Mason’s murderous hippie followers is once more attempting to persuade a California parole panel she has reformed and deserves release from prison. Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Manson in 1969, is scheduled to appear before a parole panel for the 21st time Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)more +

Sep 7th, 2017
By Associated Press
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Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson’s murderous followers, was recommended for parole Wednesday by a state panel that concluded she has radically changed her life during the more than 40 years she has been in prison for two brutal murders she helped commit 48 years ago and is no longer a threat to society.

The two-member panel’s ruling must still be approved by the state Parole Board and Gov, Jerry Brown, who reversed another panel’s ruling last year.

In blocking her release then, Brown said Van Houten had failed to adequately explain to the panel how a model teenager from a privileged Southern California family who had once been a homecoming princess could have turned into a ruthless killer by age 19.

On Wednesday, the panel grilled her for two hours on how she could address those concerns.

“I’ve had a lot of therapy trying to answer that question myself,” she said.

“To tell you the truth, the older I get the harder it is to deal with all of this, to know what I did, how it happened,” added Van Houten, now a frail-looking 68-year-old who appeared before the panel on crutches, her gray hair pulled back in a bun.

She went on to say that she was devastated when her parents divorced when she was 14. Soon after, she said, she began hanging out with her school’s outcast crowd in the Los Angeles suburb of Monrovia. She started smoking marijuana and graduated to LSD at 15. When she was 17, she and her boyfriend ran away to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury District during San Francisco’s summer of love.

When they returned, she said, she discovered she was pregnant. When her mother found out, she ordered her to have an abortion and bury her fetus in their backyard.

Soon after, she was traveling up and down the California coast, trying to find peace within herself when acquaintances led her to Manson, who was holed up at an old abandoned movie ranch on the outskirts of Los Angeles where he had recruited what he called a “family” to survive what he insisted would be a race war he would launch by committing a series of random, horrifying murders. His disaffected youthful followers became convinced that the small-time criminal and con man was actually a Christ-like figure and believed him.

As she did at her parole hearing last year, the soft-spoken Van Houten went on to candidly describe how she joined several other members of the “Manson Family” in killing Los Angeles grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their home on Aug. 9, 1969, carving up La Bianca’s body and smearing the couple’s blood on the walls.
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She was not with Manson followers the night before when they killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others during a similar bloody rampage.

On the night of the second attack she said she held Rosemary La Bianca down with a pillowcase over her head as others stabbed her dozens of times. Then, ordered by Manson disciple Tex Watson to “do something,” she picked up a butcher knife and stabbed the woman more than a dozen times.

“I feel absolutely horrible about it, and I have spent most of my life trying to find ways to live with it,” she added quietly.

Relatives of the La Biancas didn’t believe her. They spoke emotionally as they pleaded with the commission to reject her parole bid.

“No member of the Manson family deserves parole, ever,” nephew Louis Smaldino said. “She is a total narcissist and only thinks of herself and not the damage she has done.”
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The voice of the La Biancas’ oldest grandson, Tony LaMontagne, broke as he noted he’s about to turn 44, the same age his grandfather was when he was killed.

“Please see to it that this fight doesn’t have to happen every year for the rest of our lives,” he said of Van Houten’s nearly two dozen parole hearings.

Family members left before the panel announced its decision.

In reaching it, Parole Commissioner Brian Roberts and Deputy Commissioner Dale Pomantz said they took into account Van Houten’s entire time of incarceration. During those years she has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling, been certified as a counselor and headed numerous programs to help inmates.

“You’ve been a facilitator, you’ve been a tutor and you’ve been giving back for quite a number of years,” Roberts said.

Still, he warned her that if she is released that living in society again will not be easy. He noted parole officials have heard from “tens of thousands” of people who don’t want her released. But others, he added, including many who have known her since childhood, spoke up for her, saying they’ve seen her mature in prison and become a different person.

“So with that we’d like to wish you good luck,” he said.
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“Thank you very much, I really appreciate it,” replied Van Houten, who attended on crutches because of a knee injury suffered in a recent fall. She said her health is otherwise fine.

Afterward, her attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, said he believes Van Houten addressed the concerns the governor had when he denied her parole last year.

“My hope is he’s going to follow the law and let his commissioners do their job,” he said.

He added his client was relieved by Wednesday’s ruling, adding he believes she will be released eventually.

“I’m getting her out of here. That’s not an issue. The question is when,” he said.

No one who took part in the Tate-La Bianca murders has been released from prison so far.

Van Houten has been in prison for more than 40 years for her role in two brutal murders committed by disciples of Charles Manson.
By Associated Press
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UPDATE:
From JAN 11 2017, 10:56 AM ET

Charles Manson would be 92 when he is next up for parole in 2027.Source:AP

Hell gets ready to welcome Charles Manson
From: http://www.news.com.au/
JANUARY 10, 201711:40AM

CHARLES Manson is closing in on death’s door, a source familiar said on Monday.

[ NOT TRUE scroll down to LISTEN TO MANSON PHONE CALL FROM PRISON ]

[PLEASE BE ADVISED NAZI IMAGERY INCLUDES HITLER DOLL]

“I don’t think he’ll be around too much longer, but he is able to talk in his current condition,” the California Corrections Department source told the New York Post, referring to the infamous cult leader’s health crisis.

Last week, Manson, 82, was taken out of Corcoran State Prison in California’s Central Valley and rushed to a hospital in Bakersfield about 100km away for emergency surgery to stop his intestines from bleeding, sources told The Post.

But doctors decided not to perform the procedure because they believed that Manson was “too weak” and could potentially die while under the knife, TMZ reported.

Manson was then shuttled back to the prison, where he’s currently being held, sources said Read more…

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UPDATE:
From http://www.nydailynews.com/
BY NANCY DILLON
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 9:43 PM

Alleged friend of Charles Manson claims killer cult leader called to say he isn’t near death

LISTEN TO MANSON PHONE CALL FROM PRISON

[PLEASED BE ADVISED NAZI IMAGERY INCLUDES HITLER DOLL]
“Charles Manson is nowhere near death’s door, a friend of the murder mastermind told the Daily News Tuesday.”

“He’s not about to die,” Illinois-based pal Ben Gurecki said in a phone interview. “He is strong. He is healthy. I’ve talked to him every night since he got out of the hospital.”

Gurecki posted one of his alleged calls with the notorious Manson Family leader to YouTube on Sunday.

“He claimed Manson phoned from Corcoran State Prison Friday night, just hours after guards shuttled him back from Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif.”

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From JUL 23 2016, 10:56 AM ET
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is seen during a hearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif., Thursday, April 14, 2016. Nick Ut / AP
Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is seen during a hearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif., Thursday, April 14, 2016. Nick Ut / AP

California Governor Denies Parole for Manson Ex-Follower Leslie Van Houten
California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for killing a wealthy grocer and his wife more than 40 years ago read more
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From October 19, 2012
12 unsolved murders have possible ties to Manson family, LAPD says

By By Samantha Tata and Robert Kovacik, NBC Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – The LAPD on Thursday announced it has open investigations on a dozen unsolved homicides near known Manson Family hangouts around Los Angeles.

The revelation came amid a legal battle to obtain hours of audio tape recordings between former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer Charles “Tex” Watson and his lawyer.

“We have an obligation to the families of these victims,” Cmdr. Andy Smith told NBC4. “Our detectives need to listen to these tapes. The tapes might help with solving these murders.”

News of the open investigation was first reported by the Los Angeles Times Thursday and confirmed to NBC4 by LAPD officials. Smith told the Times the 12 murders they are investigating “are similar to some of the Manson killings.” read more
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From October 5, 2012

Former Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, who was convicted of murdering two men, has been recommended for parole, KTLA.com reported.

Bruce Davis, formerly a follower of Charles Manson, has been recommended for parole after 40 years in prison. During that time, he received a masters degree in philosophy and religion, which factored into the parole recommendation.
Bruce Davis, formerly a follower of Charles Manson, has been recommended for parole after 40 years in prison. During that time, he received a master’s degree in philosophy and religion, which factored into the parole recommendation.

By NBC News

Former Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, who was convicted of murdering two men, has been recommended for parole, KTLA.com reported.

The California Parole Board recommended parole for Bruce Davis, 69, at his 27th parole hearing, finding that during his 40 years in prison he had a record of good behavior and had earned a master’s degree in philosophy and religion through a correspondence course.

Davis was convicted alongside Manson for the 1969 killings of Gary Hinman, a musician, and Donald Shea, a stuntman who lived with the Manson crew who was nicknamed “Shorty.” Davis is serving two life sentences. His crimes were unrelated to the murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others. read more…
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FROM April 6, 2012 | 1:24 pm
From the LA Times Blog: “Charles Manson may not attend parole hearing, but lawyer will”

Gray haired Charles Manson 2012
Gray haired Charles Manson 2012

Next week convicted killer Charles Manson is set for his 12th chance before the parole board, but so far the notorious inmate informed Corcoran State Prison officials that he is not planning to attend.

Corcoran State Prison spokeswoman Theresa Cisneros said so far Manson has said that he will not be showing up for his parole hearing but as is allowed he could have a last-minute change of heart. An attorney for Manson, however, is expected to attend, Cisneros said.

It could be his final chance at freedom as the state board under Marsy’s Law can now deny parole for up to 15 years. Manson is now 77.

Manson refused to participate in his last parole hearing, in 2007, describing himself as a “prisoner of the political system.” He also declined to participate in any psychological evaluations that were part of that process.

He and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969. He is housed in a special unit for inmates felt to be endangered by other inmates separated from the general prison population.

Twice in the last few years, guards at Corcoran State Prison said they found phones in the notorious killer’s possession. Manson called people in California, New Jersey and Florida with an LG flip phone found under his prison bunk in March 2009, The Times reported in 2011. A second cellphone was found a year later. Thirty days were added to his sentence for the first offense, officials said.

Earlier, a homemade weapon was found in his possession.
Despite the prospect that Manson will be absent, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said it would vigorously oppose Manson’s release. “We consistently [opposed parole] and will continue to do so,” spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

A new photo released by the California prison system shows Manson with long, gray hair and a beard. It was released at the request of CNN. read more…
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UPDATE YAHOO NEWS Fri Jan 21, 7:03 pm ET By Vanessa Evans:
Manson Family Member Patricia Krenwinkel Denied Parole

“Although they made note of the progress she’s made in her life throughout the four decades that’s she been incarcerated in a California prison, on Thursday a parole board panel denied former Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel’s request to be released. The two-person board was conducted by parole commissioner Susan Melanson and deputy commissioner Steven Hernandez, who received letters from around the globe requesting the Krenwinkel’s parole be denied.”

“In part it may have been those letters that convinced Melanson and Hernandez to deny her request. Melanson, speaking for the board, stated that she didn’t feel that Krenwinkel understood that her actions and those of the Manson followers in general had shaken people all over the world, and that they continue to have resonance even 40 years later. Krenwinkel tried to blame her actions on her love for Manson and search for his approval, but Melanson and Hernandez appeared unmoved by her attempts at justification.
Krenwinkel has been in prison longer than any other female prisoner in California, and like the other Manson followers, and indeed Manson himself, seems unlikely to ever be released on parole” read more…
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UPDATE CNN September 3, 2009 “Former ‘Manson family’ member denied parole” Former “Manson Family” member Susan Atkins, who stabbed actress Sharon Tate to death more than 40 years ago and now is terminally ill, was denied parole Wednesday, prison officials said. [read more at the bottom of this post.]
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(This post was originally published April 9, 2009)

Charles Manson 2009
Charles Manson 2009
credits: turner.com/thesmoking gun.com

Charlie Manson ’09 “Charles Manson was photographed by the California Department of Corrections in March 2009 at the age of 74. The convicted murderer, serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison, will be eligible for parole (for the twelfth time) in 2012.” [thesmokinggun.com]

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“Michael Brunner. Son b. April 1, 1968 by Mary Brunner. His mother was the first member of the Family” [see below.]

Michael Manson Brunner………Michael Manson, son of Mary Brunner [booksonmars.blogspot.com]

More from laist.com:
“Manson was released from Terminal Island on March 21, 1967, and the raid on Death Valley took place October 12, 1969. I am going to assume that on average, any children would be born at the earliest 7 months into pregnancy and at most, at 9 months and 2 weeks after conception. Conception can sometimes occur up to a week after sexual relations due to a number of factors. Therefore, any Spahn-era biological children of Charles Manson would have to have been born between October 21, 1967 and August 7, 1970. This would make them between 37 and 39 years old today.” read more…

The following is a YouTube video (Part one of LA-TV2’s interview with Michael Brunner,) from around 1995. The video includes clips of Michael Brunner – Manson’s son with Mary Brunner.
[Quotation is from laist.com]

“Here is an indepth investigation, featuring Mary Brunner’s baby, whose April 15, 1968 birth was so vividly described in the first video. Valentine Michael, nicknamed “Sunstone Hawk” and “Pooh Bear” has dropped out of sight since this video was filmed around 1993.”

Part One of the Channel 2 report:

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More from laist.com:
“Other Children of The Family, Paternity Uncertain:”
“Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz. Son b.October 7, 1968 to Susan Atkins. It is stated as fact that Manson was not the father, although it is unclear how anyone can be certain (Unless he didn’t have sex with her). She has said that the father was a short-term Family member by the name of Bruce Hall. She has had no contact with her son since her incarceration in 1969. Her son was adopted (Wikipedia) by a California couple and renamed Paul.”

“Phoenix Son b. January 5, 1971, to Catherine Share (Gypsy) about 6 months too late to be Manson’s. Although she will not officially confirm paternity, she has stated that fellow Family member Steven Grogan was the father (charliesfamily.tripod.com)”

“Ivan. Son b. September 16, 1969 to Sandra Good. Boyfriend Joel Pugh and Charles Manson have both been named as the father. Both seem doubtful candidates. Little is known about Good’s son Ivan, however, it has been reported that he went to College on a football scholarship. (www.cielodrive.com) I don’t know why they would be doubtful candidates. The dates line up (unless the child is biracial). One theory is that since she had the child in a hospital, which was against the Family way, it was doubtful it would have been Manson’s.”

“Angel. Son b. March 1970 to Linda Kasabian, father unknown. Reportedly given up for adoption (Although she kept her other children from her husband). In late June of 1969, she attempted a reconciliation with her husband. On July 4, she had sex with Tex. On July 5, she had sex with Manson. On August 10th, she told Manson she was pregnant. So it could have been any of the three. On August 13, she returned to her husband. On December 12, she was arrested in Concorde. She had brought one child, Tanya, into the family. She later regained custody of Tanya from the foster system.”

From LifeOnTheRow.Proboards.com:
Depending on the source, Charles “Tex” Watson” is reportedly the father of 3 – 4, or more children.
“Where Watson is Today: Since 1993 he has been at the Mule Creek State Prison, and is the father to four children. He remains married and continues to fight for his parole. To date, he has been denied parole 13 times” read more…

Just a guess, but I’m thinking that there must be more 2nd and 3rd? generation extended family members “out there,” maybe someone reading this post…Imagine what it’s like, trying to live a life under the dark, black cloud which certainly must accompany that level of infamy. The “Manson Family’s” offspring surely are victims as well as those whose lives were destroyed by the original craziness: the murder victims and their extended families. Come to think of it, we’re all victims.

More about children of the Manson Family from laist.com
MansonFamilyToday.info…
Linda Drouin Kasabian’s (Tanya – Linda Kasabian’s daughter) MySpace page…

*If, for some reason, the reader is not familiar with “case-details,” the following links provide definitive information on eight of the slayings (CAUTION – very graphic, explicit police reports!) and limited information on the ninth:
Read the first homicide investigation report of August 9th, 1969 – 5 victims at 10500 Cielo Dr. in Los Angeles: ABIGAIL ANNE FOLGER, WOJCIECH FRYKOWSKI, STEVEN EARL PARENT, JAY SEBRING and SHARON MARIE TATE-POLANSKI.
Read the first homicide investigation report of August 10th, 1969 – 2 victims at 3301 Waverly Dr. in Los Angeles: ROSEMARY and LENO LABIANCA
Read the homicide investigation report of October 13th, 1969 -1 victim at 964 Old Topanga Canyon Road in Los Angeles: GARY HINNMAN
THE MURDER OF DONALD “SHORTY” SHEA (TateFamilyLegacy.com) – 1 victim, unknown location (probably on the Spahn Ranch.)

**”Manson himself has boasted of being responsible for more than 35 murders. Other members of the Manson Family agree that they killed between “35 to 40 people.” Source: Internet Accuracy Project…

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POST UPDATES – September 1-3, 2009

Squeaky Fromme with gun holster
Squeaky Fromme with gun holster

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 14, 2009 -AP
Manson Disciple “Squeaky” Fromme Set Free
“Lynette Fromme Released More Than 30 Years After 1975 Assassination Attempt on Gerald Ford”

“The Charles Manson follower convicted of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford was released Friday from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars.”

“Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, 60, left the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth at about 8 a.m. EDT Friday, spokeswoman Dr. Maria Douglas said. Though a few photographers had camped out since the night before outside the facility surrounded razor wire-topped fences, Fromme slipped by the group unnoticed in one of the many cars streaming in and out of the front gate Friday morning.”

“It was a far cry from her antics that captivated the United States’ attention 30 years ago: shaving her red hair and carving an “X” into her forehead after Manson was convicted for orchestrating a mass murder, wearing a red robe when she pulled a gun on Ford, being carried into her trial courtroom by marshals when she refused to walk.”

“In September 1975, Fromme pushed through a crowd, drew a semiautomatic .45-calibre pistol from a thigh holster and pointed it at Ford, who was shaking hands with well-wishers while walking to the California state capitol in Sacramento. But Secret Service agents grabbed her and the gun, and Ford was unhurt.”

“In September 1975, Fromme pushed through a crowd, drew a semiautomatic .45-calibre pistol from a thigh holster and pointed it at Ford, who was shaking hands with well-wishers while walking to the California state capitol in Sacramento. But Secret Service agents grabbed her and the gun, and Ford was unhurt.”

“Fromme, who reportedly got her nickname while in Manson’s “family,” possibly because of her voice, had become its leader. She was never implicated in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and eight others, for which Manson is serving a life term in Corcoran State Prison in California.”

“During her trial, Fromme either refused to attend or had outbursts. Her attorney argued that she wanted to call attention to environmental issues and Manson’s case and never meant to kill Ford. A few bullets were in the gun but not in the chamber.” read the rest of the story from CBS News/AP

Susan Atkins - file photo
Susan Atkins
File photo

“Former ‘Manson family’ member denied parole”

UPDATE CNN September 3, 2009 “Former “Manson Family” member Susan Atkins, who stabbed actress Sharon Tate to death more than 40 years ago and now is terminally ill, was denied parole Wednesday, prison officials said.”

“The parole hearing was the 13th for Atkins, 61, who is battling terminal brain cancer. Held at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California, the hearing stretched to more than nine hours.”

“The panel set another hearing for Atkins in three years, said Michele Kane, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.”

“Atkins was 21 when she and other followers of Charles Manson participated in a two-night rampage that left seven people dead and terrorized the city of Los Angeles in August 1969. She and the others — Manson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles “Tex” Watson — were initially sentenced to death in the slayings of five people, including Tate, and two additional deaths the following night.” read the rest of the story from CNN

Panettone French Toast

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Originally posted December, 14, 2009/December 23, 2011
/Dec 20, 2012 @ 8:00 Some new text has been added.
Fourth posting December 14-23, 2014
Fifth posting December 5, 2016

Preparing Panettone for Italian French Toast
Preparing Panettone for “Italian French Toast”
photo LasVegasBuffetClub

When the Christmas season rolls around one sees so many of those red and gold boxes in the food stores, it’s the Italian Christmas-bread, Panettone.

I doubt that it’s a coincidence that this regal loaf is shaped like a crown and embedded with jewel-like bits of fruit. Continue reading

UNA STORIA SEGRETA: ITALIAN AMERICANS IN INTERNMENT CAMPS DURING WORLD WAR 2

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NEW: UPDATE NOVEMBER 18, 2016
This subject has been in the news lately so I thought I should repost it.

This post was first published on October 07, 2007 at 12:00 and republished June 9, 2008 at 3:00 and May 15, 2013 at 1:00 am. And Published again November, 18th 2016

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From the Una Storia Segreta Webpages

NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: It’s been a half-dozen years since the first publication, a number of links have been updated, some were dead. Please send comment if you find links that don’t work.

In the late 90s a buddy and I went to an exhibition at a Las Vegas Public Library. It was The Una Storia Segreta exhibit. Una Storia Segreta (the words in Italian mean both “a secret story” and “a secret history.”) The secret story is about the treatment of Italians and/or Italian-Americans in the United States just preceding and during the Second World War. You are probably aware that persons of Japanese ancestry were placed in American internment camps, but might be surprised to find that many Italians, and Germans in the US were also interned. The Italians and Germans as well as individuals from other ethnic groups were considered “Enemy Aliens.”

The government’s actions – in the 90s – (read on) shows that cooler heads can eventually prevail.
The reason for this post is to shine that light… Continue reading

Brian Wilson: ‘The voices started after LSD’

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By Daily Dish on June 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Brian Wilson: ‘The voices started after LSD’

Musician Brian Wilson performs on stage at Humphrey’s Concerts On The Bay on June 19, 2015 in San Diego, Calif. (Daniel Knighton/Getty)
Musician Brian Wilson performs on stage at Humphrey’s Concerts On The Bay on June 19, 2015 in San Diego, Calif. (Daniel Knighton/Getty)

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Brian Wilson wishes he had never experimented with drugs.

The 73-year-old musician, most famous for his pioneering work with the Beach Boys, spent much of his younger life as a recluse after developing schizophrenia in the 1960s. The condition means he hears voices, but it only began after he started taking LSD, also known as acid.

“LSD made me more creative,” he admitted to Esquire magazine. “It helped me write (Beach Boys’ iconic 1966 album) Pet Sounds. But the voices started after LSD, too.”

These voices still haunt Brian, but not all the time. However he admits he often struggles with the things they say to him.

“They say different things,” he added. “Like ‘we’re going to hurt you’. It’s crazy! But not all the time, yeah. Like every other day.”

Brian was treated for drug addiction and mental health issues by Dr Eugene Landy in the 1970s and ’80s in a desperate bid to put a stop to his reclusive existence.

Dr Landy eventually helped Brian to start functioning again, but he later lost his professional license and was banned from treating the musician following accusations he had brainwashed the star with his extreme method of therapy which involved round-the-clock supervision and total isolation from family and friends. Finish article and watch video

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The fascinating story behind the 60s pop song Angel Baby: Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby (1961)

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Rosie & The OriginalsAngel Baby 1961 (Some sources list the year as 1960.)

This is the song with the off-key sax lead, you can hear the version with the sax mixed out below. Also there’s a version of John Lennon’s Angel Baby.

When this romantic song purred from the push-button, AM car radio of my ’58 Chevy Impala in the 60s it was almost like an angel’s voice was emanating from some far away star.

Although (overly) simplistic in it’s four-chord-progression form with just (off-key) sax, bass (2) guitars and drums, the song was captivating, maybe in part because of its primitiveness. Maybe the appeal was partly due to the fact that she was just about exactly my age. Even though the song was amateurishly produced with many stand-out mistakes, such as off-key instruments, missed beats and notes; the scratchy final recording of this little record flew and romanticized nights throughout the country.

This makes me think of Link Wray’s RUMBLE. Wray said that the song was pretty much “an accident” which included a broken speaker. Read about RUMBLE’S geneses here.

From Rosie’s Official Website:
“I was born Rosalie Hamlin on July 21st, 1945 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I attended Denali Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska and Ira Harlison Elementary in National City, California. I then attended Granger Jr. High and O’Farrell Jr. High, SweetWater High in National City, and Mission Bay High in San Diego. Because I was always traveling, I had a tutor and didn’t graduate in regular fashion. My home life growing up in Alaska was a lot of fun. We always seemed to be swimming or doing something water related. I always enjoyed horseback riding, ice skating, skiing, mountain climbing, fishing and target practicing.”

“I came from a musical background. My father played guitar, wrote music and sang. My grandfather played banjo, harmonica and sang. They had a Vaudeville type background. I absorbed a lot of that influence. I can remember being 4 or 5 years old, standing on an old box in the yard pretending it was a stage.”

“We came to California from Alaska quite often to visit my Grandmother. I had lots of Aunts and Uncles living there and we’d make many trips along the Alaskan Highway to visit them. Finally, my father decided we would move to California. We bought a house in National City, California. I didn’t want to leave Alaska, having relatives and friends there. I also had very fond memories of my time in Alaska” Read more about Rosalie Hamlin – Rosie And The Originals

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Here’s the song without the sax lead:

From History of Rock.com
Angel Baby” was their first and only Top 40 hit. Lead singer/songwriter Rosie Hamlin was only 15 when this song was recorded in an abandoned aircraft hanger in San Diego. Features one of the most incredibly off-key sax solo of any song of this era. Thousands of kids identified with the the juvenile sounding vocalist Rosie Hamlin and “Angel Baby” went on to become a minor classic.

Rosalie Hamlin was born July 21, 1945, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Her father, Harry Hamlin appeared in vaudeville. Her mother was Ofelia Juana Mendez. Her family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she began school. At the age of 11 when her parents moved to San Diego, where Rosie began appearing in talent shows and local ballrooms. Her musical background was in the [sic]Pentacostal Church. As a preteen, Rosie taught herself to play piano and write songs.

At the age of fourteen she decided she needed a band and asked her ex-babysitter to introduce her to five older guys, not yet the Originals, from the other side of town who played music with some of her friends. They were Alfred Barrett saxophone, Tony Gomez bass, David Ponci guitar, Noah Tafolla lead guitar, Tony Gomez (bass)and Carl von Goodat drums. They played in the Hamlin’s garage until they were ready to play house parties and USO parties.

It all happened in an old airplane hanger that had been converted into a recording studio in San Diego suburb of San Marcos in 1960. There Rosie wrote the words to the group’s first single in her notebook, then crafted a melody based on chord changes to “Heart and Soul.” Saxophone player Alfred had to stay at home to cut the grass, so Tom was given a quick lesson on the sax .With a skimpy voice Rosie sang “Angel Baby” with the Originals providing a sparse and primitive back up. With the drummer seemingly forgetting what track he is playing on, flawed with flubs, and poor sound quality “Angel Baby” is undoubtedly one of rock and roll’s greatest moments
More from The History of Rock.com

John Lennon’s version of Angel Baby:

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Rosie’s Official Website
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Ride BART pants-less this Sunday, because tradition [sic]

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“NO PANTS SUBWAY RIDE” PARIS
“NO PANTS SUBWAY RIDE” PARIS

Ride BART pants-less this Sunday, because tradition [sic]

Celebrate one of San Francisco’s odder modern traditions, “No Pants” BART Ride Day, this Sunday, January 10, by heading to the city without one of your more crucial articles of clothing.

The No Pants Day, which happens in both San Francisco and the East Bay annually, welcomes around 600 people throughout the Bay Area, who are brave enough to ride public transit “without any pants (wearing interesting undies and colorful socks)” and can keep a straight face while doing it.

The event happens in other countries as well — it’s hosted by the New York-based humor collective Improv Everywhere — but San Francisco no doubt holds some of the more devoted supporters of the holiday.

Janis Joplin’s iconic, one-of-a-kind Porsche sold for WAY more than auctioneers expected

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Janis Joplin 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet
Janis Joplin 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet

From SFGate.Com
By Kolten Parker Updated 10:34 am, Friday, December 11, 2015

Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche, which she “drove everywhere” and was parked outside the Hollywood hotel where she died, sold for $1.76 million — more than $1.3 million more than expected — at an auction in New York City Thursday night.

The iconic 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet, which the Texas-born rock star purchased in 1968 and had it painted with a “kaleidoscope mural,” was a featured lot at RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption auction that kicked off Dec. 10.

A news release announcing the auction in September estimated the iconic ride would bring in more than $400,000, according to a news release more…

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