Cousin of Manson family murder victim slams paroled cult member Leslie Van Houten as a ‘psychopath’ with a ‘joyless coldness that cannot be cured’

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The cousin of Gary Hinman – the Manson Family’s first victim – has spoken out against the release of cult member Leslie Van Houten, calling it a misjustice and an affront to her late loved one’s memory.

Labeling Van Houten a ‘psychopath’, 86-year-old Kay Hinman made this and several other statements while discussing the convicted killer’s controversial Tuesday release with NewsNation, more than 50 years after her relative’s brutal stabbing.

Van Houten – who was a lonely and mentally damaged 19-year-old from Los Angeles when she met Manson – served 53 years of a life sentence for her participation in two of the infamous murders, and was the youngest member of the ‘Family’ cult.

Now 73, Manson ‘was released to parole supervision’,  the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed, after escaping a death sentence back in the 70s – when the state’s Supreme Court did away with capital punishment.

Aside from seeing Van Houten and several other killers spared, the move was bolstered by the fact officials decided to keep parole on the table for death penalty recipients – a decision now being felt by victims’ family more than 50 years later.

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