Sister of Sharon Tate Calls Leslie Van Houten a ‘Monster’

Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The sister of Sharon Tate says Leslie Van Houten, the “Manson family” member who was just recommended for parole, is a “monster” who is “still capable of great brutality.”

“I sit as far away from her as you and I are now. You can feel the vibe,” Debra Tate told Robin Roberts Monday on Good Morning America.

Tate, 63, was present at the five-hour hearing last week in Chino, California, that led to the recommendation that Van Houten, 66, be eligible for parole.

“They are still sociopathic individuals and capable of great brutality,” Tate said of Van Houten and other members of the Manson cult. “The heinous crimes that were committed in the past, in 1969, will repeat themselves again. I am quite sure.”

Van Houten was 19 and the youngest Manson follower when her time in Manson's cult turned deadly and she participated in the Aug. 10, 1969, murders of Leno LaBianca, a wealthy grocer, and his wife, Rosemary LaBianca.

She did not participate in the Aug. 9, 1969, "Manson family" murders of Sharon Tate and four others in the California home Tate shared with her husband, film director Roman Polanski. Tate was 26 and pregnant at the time of her murder.

The group imagined the series of murders would ignite a so-called race war ignited by Manson. Manson called it "Helter Skelter."

Debra Tate has appeared at every parole hearing for every “Manson family” member since the murders. She described what it was like to hear that Van Houten may go free after more than four decades behind bars.

“Your heart sinks between your knees,” Tate said. “It’s absolutely mind-boggling what goes through your mind. All of the atrocities from the past, the brutalities all come flooding back.”

Van Houten’s parole is not guaranteed. The decision next goes to an administrative review and, if it is upheld, it then goes to California Gov. Jerry Brown, who has final say.

Brown earlier this year denied the parole recommendation for Manson follower Bruce Davis, which Tate says gives her “solace.”

“That’s our only solace, that he will stop this parole in the case of Van Houten,” Tate said. “This is a slippery slope and it’s going to be all of our problems because six months on parole and they’re free to go anywhere in the United States.”

Tate added, “It’s not just California’s problem. It’s the United States’ problem.”

Tate has also started a website with a petition to get signatures to send to Gov. Brown.

“These people are domestic terrorists and when they’re released they can go anywhere in the United States,” Tate said. “Parole isn’t even the catch-net. We have to stop this before it happens.”

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Protests erupt from Boston to California as Confederate monument tensions boil over

Protests erupt from Boston to California as Confederate monument tensions boil overSpencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The weekend after a white nationalist rally collapsed into chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia, leading to the alleged murder of an anti-racism activist, protests erupted across the country against white supremacy, racism and the presence of Confederate monuments.

Boston, Massachusetts

Tens of thousands counterprotesting a rally purporting to be about free speech swarmed Boston on Saturday, leading to a few conflicts with police and widespread attention from traditional and social media.

A total of 33 arrests were made Saturday in Boston, primarily resulting from disorderly conduct and alleged assaults against police officers, the Boston Police Department said. Police indicated that some demonstrators were throwing rocks and bottles of urine, but that did not represent the majority of participants, according to Police Commissioner William Evans.

"99.9 percent of the people here were for the right reasons" and participated peacefully, Evans said.

Dallas, Texas

Thousands of demonstrators gathered around the area of Dallas City Hall Saturday at a rally calling for unity, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

More than a dozen activists, politicians and faith leaders spoke prior to a candlelight vigil, the affiliate reported.

Tensions were high near Confederate War Memorial Park, where calls have been growing to remove statues commemorating Civil War veterans who fought for the Confederacy, WFAA-TV reported.

Cotton candy and caramel apples for sale for $3 in the middle of this protest against Dallas' Confederate War Memorial.

— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) August 20, 2017

Monuments commemorating the Confederacy on public land "must be and will be removed," Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway said at a Friday press conference, which featured black members of Dallas's City Council, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Kevin Felder, one of the City Council members, said "taxpayer dollars should not support vestiges of racism and white supremacy," in reference to the statues, while speaking at Friday's press conference.

Five people were detained during Saturday’s rally and then released without charges, the Dallas Police Department told ABC News.

Memphis, Tennessee

Six demonstrators were arrested in Memphis following a rally to remove a monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slavetrader and lieutenant general who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, according to ABC affiliate WATN-TV.

The monument has become a flashpoint of tension between anti-racism activists, who covered it with anti-racist signs on Saturday, and those who seek to protect the history of the Confederacy.

Gene Andrews, a caretaker for Nathan Bedford Forrest's boyhood home and a participant in the white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville last week, told the Tennessean newspaper that tensions over the monuments were building.

"I think people have had enough," Andrews told the paper. "Somewhere there’s going to be a line drawn. And if it’s a war that’s coming, so be it."

Our beloved @tamisawyer and other activists calling on @MayorMemphis remove Confederate statues. #TakeEmDown901

— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) August 16, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia

Hundreds of groups gathered in Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday in Atlanta to march against racism and hate, according to ABC affiliate WSB-TV.

The march ended at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the affiliate reported.

Hundreds of anti-racism marchers quietly filing into Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. #Charlottesville

— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) August 20, 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana

Anthony Ventura, a 30-year-old man, was arrested after police said he damaged the Confederate statue with a hammer, according to ABC affiliate WRTV.

Laguna Beach, California

In Laguna Beach on Saturday, a group of about 300 demonstrators met for a pre-emptive response to a far-right rally planned for that day, the Los Angeles Times reported. At the rally, participants planned to call attention to victims of crimes committed by immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Thank you to Saturday's rally at Main Beach for staying peaceful while expressing your First Amendment rights. #LagunaBeach

— Laguna Beach Police (@LagunaBeachPD) August 19, 2017

Saturday’s gathering of counterprotesters, which was set up to show solidarity and strength, was officially called “From Charlottesville to Laguna Beach: We Stand Together.” Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman helped organize the event and spoke to the crowd on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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