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Seventhin a nine-part series. The Parole Hearing of Patricia
Krenwinkel. A member of the notorious
Charles Manson "family", Patricia
Krenwinkel was arrested in 1969 and charged - along with Manson and other members of his clan - with a series of seven sadistic, ritualistic murders that took place in Los Angeles overa period of two days. Amongthe dead was Sharon Tate, actress and eight-months pregnant wife of film directorRoman Polanski.
Krenwinkel was sentenced to death for her part in the murders, but a year later California abolished the death penalty and her sentence was commuted to life. After 25 years in prison, she appeared before a parole board that had the powerto grant her freedom. Sue Ellicott reports on how the parole board decided whether a quarter of acentury behind bars is sufficient punishment forthis crime. Producer Angie Kaye; Series producer
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