Tex Watson was denied parole for the 17th time on Thursday, 47 year after he assisted the Charles Manson cult in killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people.
Tate’s sister, Debra Tate, planned to attend the hearing, fearing that “the most active, the most prolific killer in the Manson family” would be set free.
“The authorities in this state want to let out predatory people,” she said. “All of these people were deemed either sociopathic or psychopathic back in the day. You don’t come back from that. . .They can’t be rehabilitated.”
As Radar readers know, Watson, 70, is serving a life sentence for the murders of Tate and four others at her Beverly Hills, California, home on Aug. 9, 1969. The next night, he assisted in the slaying of grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.
Watson was initially sentenced to death for the crimes, but his sentence was later changed to life when the California Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that the death penalty was unconstitutional.
Following the court's decision on Thursday, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey released the following statement: "These were some of the most horrific crimes in California history, and we believe he continues to exhibit a lack of remorse and remains a public safety risk."
In his book, Manson’s Right-Hand Man Speaks Out, Watson apologized for the murders, claiming that Manson had offered his followers “utopia” for their deeds.
Watson is currently serving his life sentence in Mule Creek State Prison, near Sacramento. He'll be eligible for parole again in five years.
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