Patricia Krenwinkel has been denied parole on her 14th attempt by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The parole hearing took place at the California Institution for Women which is located east of Los Angeles.
In 1969, she was convicted of murdering actress Sharon Tate and four others in the infamous Helter Skelter murders. She also helped to kill Leno LaBianca and his wife. It is commonly believed that Patricia Krenwinkel wrote the words with blood found on the walls where the murders occurred.
The parole board first heard her recent plea for parole in December, but they put off making a decision at that time. She told the parole board that she felt she was a victim of intimate partner battery. This defense is very similar to the defense given by some women who kill their husbands to get away from abuse received at their hands.
Patricia claimed that she suffered the abuse at the hands of Charles Manson who she says beat her regularly. While she admits initially falling in love with Manson, she says after abuse took place she fell out of love with him. She also says that she left him twice only to have Manson forcibly return her to the situation.
Defense attorney William Portanova said that he felt that the parole board was justified in denying the parole. He says that he feels that Patricia Krenwinkel remains dangerous. Furthermore, he says that Patricia remains weak-minded, and she might follow others into violence. Her attorney said that he believes that Patricia would not commit a crime again because she is no longer the young lady that she was at the time of the murders.
Patricia has already spent 47 years behind making her the longest serving inmate in California. She will not be eligible for another parole hearing for five years should the decision not be overturned. She was 18 at the time of the murders, and is 65 years old now. She would turn 70 before another parole hearing would be scheduled.