leslie van houten getty John Waters pleads for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten's paroleDirector John Waters is in favor of the parole of his friend Leslie Van Houten, one of Charles Manson‘s followers, sentenced to death (later reduced to life in prison) for her part in the Manson Family’s 1969 murder spree.

Up for parole for the 17th time, Van Houten, now 60, is described by supporters and prison staff as a model prisoner. She is a college tutor and is studying for a master’s degree in humanities. In 40 years, she has never had an infraction on her prison record.

Waters became friends with Van Houten over a span of 28 years. He
describes her as a 17-year-old hippie who “met one of the most dangerous
madmen in history.”

He says she feels horror and complete shame
and has spend 40 years becoming the person she would have become if she
had not met Manson.

]]>ABC News. “… I taught in prison. I believe people can get better. … “I want to at least have a chance to stick up for my friend. … I understand it’s not a popular position but I hope people will consider it.” Debra Tate, the sister of slain actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered by the Manson Family, is still working to keep Manson and his followers from parole. “Is a tiger dangerous if it gets out of its cage?” she asks. Listen to Waters’ argument in the clip below. What do you think? Should Van Houten be paroled? PTImbz*wZjM2YmZmMWQxN2M*YzIwYjE4YjI*MjFkZDlkZWJmOSZvZj*w John Waters pleads for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten's parole Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news. Photo credit: Getty Images