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The Long Prison Journey of Leslie van Houten - Life Beyond the Cult

Karlene Faith

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At the age off 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 a racist ideology, and ordered her to murder? Faith pieces together the puzzle, starting with Leslie's spiritual quest within the sixties counterculture and her immediate attraction to Manson during a chance meeting. We learn of Manson's ability to look into her mind and commiserate with her turmoil. We also see his own need to control women and how his brainwashing techniques enabled his followers to embrace him as God, giving them little choice but to obey. Leslie's journey out of Manson's grasp is a riveting feminist and spiritual story of recovering one's self. Why this rehabilitated woman, long punished for one man's madness, has not been able to leave prison is another story Faith brings to light. Filled with accounts of political injustices, this powerful book moves the reader to rethink the meanings and limits of guilt and pu

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gabra Zackman

Length:

7h 12m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:40


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:24


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:36


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:11


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:35