Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Charles Manson and his disciples including Patricia Krenwinkel, predicted during a speech in Wichita Falls a few years ago that neither Manson nor Krenwinkel would ever be paroled out of prison.
His prophetic statement in a speech to the Wichita County Bar Association at the University Club in Wichita Falls came true Thursday when the California Parole Board Thursday denied Krenwinkel’s request for parole once again.
Probably one of the facts the Board couldn’t get past was the gruesome detail that Krenwinkel had admitted to stabbing victim and heiress Abigail Folger 28 times in the process of the brutal murder. This vicious massacre occurred at the home of actress Sharon Tate on August 9, 1969.
She also admitted to participating in the stabbing deaths of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the following night.
Both homes were drenched with blood of the victims including pregnant actress Sharon Tate who was married to movie director Roman Polanski.
Krenwinkel was convicted along with Charles Manson, Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins and Charles “Tex” Watson who hailed from North Texas near Wichita Falls.
Bugliosi was able to persuade jurors to give Manson and all the others the death penalty. Then fate intervened in the form of the United States Supreme Court which dramatically ruled the death penalty unconstitutional a short time after Krenwinkel and the others were assigned the death penalty.
The endless stream of parole hearings over the decades would never have occurred were it not for the Furman decision which ordered everyone on death rows across the country to have their death penalties reduced to life sentences.
Several Wichita Falls attorneys said Friday they agreed with Bugliosi’s forecast that neither Manson nor Krenwinkel would be paroled.
Debra Tate, sister of the slain Sharon Tate, testified against the release of Krenwinkel at this week’s hearing.
She vowed to continue attending parole hearings for all Manson family members to help assure none of them are ever released. Tate said she would never trust Krenwinkle or any of the other Manson followers loose in the free world.
Krenwinkel, now 63, wept and asked for forgiveness at her hearing without success.
A relative of victim Jay Sebring who attending the hearing Thursday said no punishment would be adequate to atone for the cold-blooded murders which rocked the entire nation and sent shock waves of terror through the Los Angeles community.
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