Leslie Van Houten

Leslie Louise Van Houten (born August 23, 1949) is an American convicted murderer and former member of the Manson Family. During her time with Manson's group, she was known by various aliases such as Louella Alexandria, Leslie Marie Sankston, Linda Sue Owens and Lulu. Van Houten was arrested and charged in relation to the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. She was convicted and sentenced to death. However, the California Supreme Court decision on People v. Anderson then ruled in 1972 that the death penalty was unconstitutional, resulting in her sentence being commuted to life in prison. Her conviction was then overturned in a 1976 appellate court decision which granted her a retrial. Her second trial ended with a deadlocked jury and a mistrial. At her third trial in 1978, she was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of conspiracy and sentenced to seven years to life in prison.[3]

Leslie Van Houten
Mug shot taken in May 1999
Leslie Louise Van Houten

(1949-08-23) August 23, 1949 (age 73)
Other namesLouella Alexandria, Leslie Marie Sankston, Linda Sue Owens and Lulu
Criminal statusIncarcerated
Conviction(s)California Penal Code Section 187, murder in the first degree California Penal Code Section 182–187, conspiracy to commit first degree murder[2][3]
Criminal penaltyDeath, commuted to life imprisonment with parole[2][3]

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