October 5, 2022

A MANSON cult serial killer who wrote “death to pigs” in one of her victim’s blood is set to be freed after 50 years behind bars.

Patricia Krenwinkel, 74, was previously denied parole 14 times for the horrific murders of pregnant actor Sharon Tate and four other people in 1969.

Susan Denise Atkins (left), Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten (right)

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Susan Denise Atkins (left), Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten (right)Credit: Getty – Contributor
Patricia Krenwinkel, now 74, has been recommended for parole

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Patricia Krenwinkel, now 74, has been recommended for paroleCredit: AP
Actress Sharon Tate, who was killed by Krenwinkel

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Actress Sharon Tate, who was killed by KrenwinkelCredit: Corbis – Getty

Krenwinkel was one of the notorious Manson Family cult, led by Charles Manson, who preached a bizarre philosophy incorporating Christianity, Scientology and the hippy movement.

She was a 19-year-old secretary living with her older sister when she met the 33-year-old Manson at a party in the 1960s.

On August 8, 1969, Manson ordered four of his blood-thirsty disciples – Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Krenwinkel and Charles “Tex” Watson – to the Beverly Hills address of movie actress Tate with the instruction to kill everyone in the house.

As well as Tate, who was married to director Roman Polanski and pregnant with his child, they murdered four other people at the property that fateful night.

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Less than 24 hours later, the deadly gang – plus Leslie Van Houten and Steve ‘Clem’ Grogan – savagely tortured, murdered and mutilated wealthy LA couple Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.

Krenwinkel stabbed LaBianca in the stomach with a fork, then took a rag and wrote “Helter Skelter”, ”Rise” and “Death to Pigs” on the walls with his blood.

Manson and his accomplices were all sent down for the murders, apart from Kasabian who testified against them and played no direct part in the killings.

A parole panel in California has now recommended the release of Krenwinkel for the first time in five decades.

The parole recommendation will be reviewed by the state parole board’s legal division before likely going to Governor Gavin Newsom for a decision within five months.

He previously rejected parole recommendations for other followers of Charles Manson – who died in prison in 2017.

Since Krenwinkel was last denied parole in 2017, new laws now require the panel to consider she committed the murders at a young age and is now an elderly prisoner.

Krenwinkel’s attorney, Keith Wattley, said the relatives of her victims provided the same objections at the hearing as prosecutors have in the past.

He said: “She’s completely transformed from the person she was when she committed this crime, which is all that it’s supposed to take to be granted parole.

“I’m hopeful that the governor recognizes that he shouldn’t be playing political games with people’s lives.

“The governor would be blocking her parole not because he’s afraid of her, but because he doesn’t like her. And the law doesn’t allow that.”

Krenwinkel is currently behind bars at the California Institution for Women east of Los Angeles.

The youngest member of Charles Manson’s killer cult was also set to be freed from prison in 2019 after a parole board deemed her suitable for release.

Leslie Van Houten was serving life for her role in the gang’s infamous murder spree, when she was aged just 19.

It comes as the luxury hilltop mansion on the same lot where the grisly Manson murders took place went on the market in January for $85million.

Known as the Cielo Estate, the nine-bedroom, 18-bathroom pad belongs to “Full House” creator Jeff Franklin.

Franklin originally purchased the house for $6million in 2007, though it was not yet completed – having been demolished following the 1969 murders.

The sprawling property, which sits on 3.6 acres of land, was rebuilt and given a fresh start by architect Richard Landry.

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The home spans 21,000sq ft and boasts incredible views of Los Angeles, coming complete with an infinity pool, home cinema, spa, gym and even a hair salon.

Another mansion where the Manson family murdered Leno and Rosemary LaBianca secured a buyer who paid below the $2.2million asking price.

The killer murder cult which shocked the world

Manson began to build his cult in 1967 when he started gathering his small group of young, largely female devotees – mainly from broken middle-class homes.

In the summer of 1969, he directed his followers to murder in what was part of a plan to incite a race war, according to prosecutors.

He ordered four of his followers – Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles ‘Tex’ Watson – to the Beverly Hills address of movie actress Sharon Tate with the instruction to kill everyone inside.

Less than 24 hours later, the gang tortured, murdered and mutilated wealthy LA couple Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.

They used their blood to write “Rise,” “Death to Pigs,” and “Helter Skelter,” a reference to the Beatles song, on the walls and refrigerator door.

Mansona and his accomplices were all sent down for the murders, apart from Kasabian who testified against them and played no direct part in the killings.

Charles Manson in Los Angeles while he was on trial

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Charles Manson in Los Angeles while he was on trialCredit: AP:Associated Press
Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten appear in court in 1969

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Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten appear in court in 1969Credit: AP:Associated Press

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