California Governor Gavin Newsom blocked parole Patricia Krenwinkelan earlier Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer in a notorious 1969 killing spree, saying “she currently poses an unreasonable risk of danger to public safety.”
A parole board had in May recommended for the first time that Krenwinkel is being released. She had been denied parole 14 times since her conviction.
“After an independent and thorough review, the evidence determines that Ms. Krenwinkel is not eligible for parole and cannot be safely released from prison at this time,” Newsom said in his notice Friday reversing the parole decision.
Krenwinkel, 74, was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder in August 1969 Manson Family Attack which left seven people dead. Among the victims were pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who was married to director Roman Polanski, Folger Coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring.
During the 1969 killing spree, Krenwinkel stalked and stabbed Folger 28 times, Krenwinkel said in testimony.
Newsom said that despite her age at the time of the killings, her positive behavior in prison and current age, Krenwinkel remains ineligible for parole.
“Ms. Krenwinkel was not only a victim of Mr. Manson’s abuse. She was also a major contributor to the violence and tragedy that became the Manson family’s legacy,” Newsom said in his parole reversal decision. “In addition to the brutal murders she committed, she played a leadership role in the cult and an enforcer of Mr. The Tyranny of Manson.”
The review cited her lack of insight into “the causative factors of her crime and her triggers for antisocial thinking” as reasons for denying her parole for the fifteenth time.
“While Ms. Krenwinkel has matured in prison and engaged in commendable rehabilitative efforts, her efforts have not sufficiently reduced her risk of future danger,” the review said.
Krenwinkel was originally sentenced to death in 1971. A year later, the California death penalty was ruled unconstitutional and her sentence was commuted to life. The death penalty has since been reinstated.
Krenwinkel has served approximately 53 years in prison, according to the governor’s office.