Episode 22: Leslie Van Houten Part 1

Murder Coaster by Christa Carmen and Matthew Brockmeyer

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From Homecoming Queen to Acid Orgies: The Leslie Van Houten Story Part 1

After 53 years in prison, former Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten is now a free woman. This is her story.

Leslie sang in the choir as a little girl and lived to dance, sliding across the wooden floors of the Harmony Ballroom in Anaheim to the surf rock sounds of Dick Dale.

As a teenager she heard the hippie call to turn on, tune in, and drop out, so she did, wandering up to Haight Ashbury in San Fran where she met the travelling minstrel Bobby Beausoleil, the love of her life.

It was Bobby who introduced her to Charlie Manson and the Family.

Within a year she'd participated in a double homicide and abandoned the flower power lifestyle to scavenge the desert as a violent marauder against society.

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