Leslie Louise Van Houten is an American convicted murderer and former member of the Manson Family.
Paul Van Houten and Jane welcomed Van Houten into the world on August 23, 1949, in the Altadena neighbourhood of Los Angeles.
She is of German, Dutch, English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Along with an elder brother and two adopted Korean siblings, a brother and a sister, she grew up in a middle-class church-going family. When she was 14 years old, her parents got divorced.
Around the age of 15, she started using LSD, Benzedrine, and smoking hashish. She briefly ran away but eventually went back to finish high school. She claimed that after becoming pregnant at age 17, her mother gave her the go-ahead to have an abortion and bury the aborted child in their backyard.
After this incident, according to Van Houten, she felt very far from her mother and nursed bitter resentment toward her.
She did a yearlong secretarial course and briefly became interested in yoga before switching to hippie life in a commune. In 1966, Van Houten was a Homecoming Princess at Monrovia High School in Monrovia, California.
Van Houten spent the summer of 1968 living with Catherine Share, Bobby Beausoleil, and another woman after spending a few months in a commune in Northern California. After disagreements fueled by jealousy, the four fell out, and Share departed to join Charles Manson’s commune.
Van Houten, who was 19 at the time, followed Share. She then called her mother to inform her that she was quitting school and would no longer be in contact.
Manson choose the times and partners with whom they would eat, sleep, and engage in sexual activity. Additionally, he oversaw the use of LSD by giving followers higher amounts than he did.
What happened to Leslie Van Houten?
Van Houten, Tex Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, Linda Kasabian, Susan Atkins, Clem Grogan, and Manson visited Rosemary and Leno LaBianca’s home on August 9, 1969.
Watson and Manson entered the home together, and Atkins, Grogan, and Kasabian followed them out. The pair was slain by Krenwinkel, Van Houten, and Watson.
Kasabian asserts that she misdirected Atkins and Grogan to the wrong destination after he reportedly ordered the others to assassinate an actress. Manson, who denied guilt, never provided a justification for the killings.
Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor, alleged that Manson was seeking to incite racial conflict. A judge later introduced evidence that the murders for which Van Houten was found guilty had a racial motivation, heightening the severity of her offence.
Who is Leslie Van Houten husband?
Leslie Van Houten was married to William Syvin. The marriage was contracted in 1982 and ended in the same year, after just two months. They parted ways on October 26, 1982.