The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult

The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten Life Beyond the Cult At The Age Of Twenty One Leslie Van Houten was sentenced to death along with Charles Manson and his other disciples for the infamous murder rampage spanning two nights in August Leslie who wa

  • Title: The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult
  • Author: Karlene Faith
  • ISBN: 9781555534813
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At The Age Of Twenty One, Leslie Van Houten was sentenced to death, along with Charles Manson and his other disciples, for the infamous murder rampage spanning two nights in August 1969 Leslie, who was present at the Rosemary and Leno LaBianca stabbings, serenely accepted her sentence, wishing only that she had better served Manson in carrying out his apocalyptic vision oAt The Age Of Twenty One, Leslie Van Houten was sentenced to death, along with Charles Manson and his other disciples, for the infamous murder rampage spanning two nights in August 1969 Leslie, who was present at the Rosemary and Leno LaBianca stabbings, serenely accepted her sentence, wishing only that she had better served Manson in carrying out his apocalyptic vision of Helter Skelter When the United States temporarily suspended its death penalty, her sentence for murder conspiracy was converted to life in prison Today, at the age of 51, after three trials and with no parole in sight, Leslie has become a remarkable survivor of a living nightmare This work presents the first in depth look at how this girl next door became one of Manson s girls It also tells about Karlene Faith s thirty year friendship with Leslie, whom she met while teaching in prison To everyone who encountered Leslie including prison staff and television journalists she was not the demon typically portrayed by the media, but rather a gentle, generous spirit who mourned her victims But why didn t this intelligent young woman see the evil in the messiah who had sexually exploited her, preached

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    About “Karlene Faith”

    1. Karlene Faith

      A human rights activist for five decades, Karlene Faith is Canada s leading feminist sociologist on prisons Her seminal book, Unruly Women, raised many crucial questions that define the prison reform movements of today Co founder of the revolutionary Santa Cruz Women s Prison Project in 1972, and author of many books on criminology and women s studies, Faith is currently professor emerita at Simon Fraser University s School of Criminology.

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    1. Karlene Faith's stated premise is "It would constitute justice if she [Leslie Van Houten:] were to be released. I think that would be self-evident to anyone who studies the case".After more than forty years behind bars, it is no longer redemption - or even punishment - the State of California is looking to achieve. At this point, Leslie is kept in prison solely for political reasons. I hope she is released on parole at her next hearing, in August.


    2. This book gives an intimate look into the prison life of Manson girl, Leslie Van Houten. At the age of twenty, she participated in the Manson killings and has been in jail ever since. Karlene Faith, an advocate in the prison system knew Leslie for years and explains her transformation in prison and why she should be released.But should she? At first I thought that yes, she had paid her dues and had been rehabilitated. One incident gave me pause however. After she was in jail for ten years, she b [...]


    3. Concept/Ideas: 5/5Writing Style: 3.5/5This book makes me advocate for Leslie's parole so much more now. This book really opens you up to the real Leslie Van Houten, and completely makes you realize that she is not the woman everyone in the media and society brings her out to be. Words cannot explain how much I feel for Leslie. You can never judge a person truly until you know their story. Although I can never excuse their actions, one must understand the other side to people as well. Not just th [...]


    4. I recommend that anyone who has read Helter Skelter read this. Karlene Faith, in chronicling Leslie Van Houten's time in prison (which is still ongoing as of 2015), explores how cult mentality robbed this woman and the others in Manson's "family" of their lives. At no point does the book downplay the horrific nature of the murders Leslie was party to. Instead, Fatih paints a picture of Leslie Van Houten as she knows her, while also examining the flawed prison system in the US and feminist applic [...]


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