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In this Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, Leslie Van Houten attends her parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif. California Gov. In January, Jerry Brown again denied parole for Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson. Brown said in his decision, announced Jan. 19, 2018, that despite Van Houten saying at her parole hearing that she accepts full responsibility for her crimes, she still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died Nov. 19, 2017. (Photo: Stan Lim/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

The youngest member of the "Manson Family," who has spent her entire adult life in prison for murdering a woman in her home in 1969, continues her bid for freedom.

Leslie Van Houten, now 69, has been recommended for release by the California State Parole Board twice. Both times, most recently in January, Gov. Jerry Brown has blocked her release, contending that she shifts too much of the blame for her crimes onto the apocalyptic hippie cult leader, Charles Manson. A Superior Court judge upheld the denial this summer.

In the latest documents filed yesterday, the California attorney general maintains that Van Houten is “currently dangerous” because she still places most of the blame on Manson—while the inmate’s attorney counters that she admits her own responsibility.

The infamous “Tex Watson tapes”—the recordings of another Manson Family member made by his attorney just days after the cult’s arrests—are also another point of debate before the court.

“Some evidence supports the Governor’s decision that Van Houten is currently dangouers,” according to the AG’s office.

“Because the People keep changing their version of ‘the undisputed facts,’ and the most reliable evidence of the circumstances surrounding the murders, and the murders themselves, are the Tex Watson tapes, it remains important to know what really happened and great weight must be given to that evidence,” writes Rich Pfeiffer, Van Houten’s attorney.

Van Houten was convicted in 1971 of her role in stabbing Rosemary LaBianca to death on Aug. 10, 1969—the day after the infamous quintuple homicide at the home of actress Sharon Tate.

The California AG said the sheer aggravated violence in which Van Houten took part is enough to deny her release in perpetuity.

“By engaging in Manson’s philosophy, she set out to start a civilization-ending war between the races, and played a vital part in brutally stabbing Mrs. LaBianca numerous times, then coldly cleaning the scene and disposing evidence,” according to the state authorities, adding that the tapes were just another “successive bite at the apple.”

Van Houten’s argument, however, is that the governor has to give “great weight” to her youth at the time of the crimes, as per a law passed by the California legislature in 2013. The inmate has admitted her role in getting brainwashed by Manson—and that the tapes could prove she was young and under the influence of heavy doses of LSD that helped guide her actions.

“Ms. Van Houten testified: ‘I take responsibility for the entire crime … I accept responsibility that I allowed (Manson) to conduct my life that way,’” according to the court documents.

Before her first release recommendation by the parole board in 2016, Van Houten was denied 20 times in a row.

Van Houten, then 19, was the youngest member of the Manson Family. The crime spree in the summer of ’69 was intended to spur a race war they called “Helter Skelter” after a song on the Beatles’ “White Album.” Helter Skelter would pit whites and blacks against one another, while the Family would have safe refuge in a “bottomless pit” in Death Valley.

The first massacre was Aug. 9, 1969, when four Manson Family members entered the Beverly Hills home of director Roman Polanski and slaughtered five people, including Sharon Tate, Polanski’s wife, who was eight months pregnant at the time. Messages written in the victims’ blood at the scene were intended to help along the prophesied “race war.”

According to earlier court documents, Van Houten had admitted at one point that she felt “left out” by not participating in the killings on Cielo Drive that night. But she was part of the group of seven the very next night who arrived at the Los Feliz home of the LaBiancas—and took part in killing 39-year-old Rosemary LaBianca and her husband Leno, 44.

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