The youngest member of the Charles Manson "family" has been recommended for parole, 48 years after the group murdered seven people in a killing spree that shocked the US. Van Houten was 19 when she and fellow cult members stabbed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca to death in 1969.
While she's been a model prisoner for over 40 years and told the board she's deeply ashamed of the murders, Governor Brown said her crime left a lasting mark on society that its equally disturbing the murders were meant to start a race war.
During her parole hearing previous year, she said the murders were the start of what Manson believed was a coming race war that he dubbed "Helter Skelter", after a Beatles song.
Van Houten was both the youngest and also seemingly the most unlikely member of Manson's so-called family.
After Van Houten was tentatively granted parole, Tate's sister, Debra Tate, coordinated a petition with 140,000 signatures opposing her release. Many others, including the families of the victims, oppose her release. Jerry Brown now has a 120-day period to affirm, reverse or take no action on the decision.
Van Houten killed for infamous murderer Charles Manson during a series of killings that terrorised LA during the summer of 1969.
Van Houten, the youngest of Manson's followers, was scheduled to appear before a parole panel for the 21st time on Wednesday. Manson, who is now 82, still remains behind bars.
On Wednesday, the panel grilled her for two hours on how she could address the governor's concerns. Van Houten was not a participant in the Tate killings.
When the panel announced its decision, Van Houten smiled. Starting in 1979, Van Houten has gone before the parole board regularly. Watson then stabbed Rosemary and handed the knife to Van Houten, who "testified to stabbing Rosemary in the back at least 14 more times".
"I don't let myself off the hook. I was one of them that could not leave", said share, TIME reported.
One year after rejecting her parole the first time, California Gov.