Karlene Faith's book The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult touches on many issues including sensational crimes, the media and punishment. Prison News. Mumia commentary.
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We don't have to look far to find examples of the corporate media's obsession with sensationalistic crimes. It is the stuff that sell papers and keeps the media in the money making business. In 1969 this phenomena was not as widespread as it is today. But the story of the Manson murders in California was cause for an intense media frenzy. One of the so called 'Manson Girls' was Leslie Van Houten. She was sent to prison at the age of 21 for her presence at one of the famous Tate-LaBianca murders. More than 35 years later Leslie remains in prison.
Activist and author Karlene Faith has written about Leslie's life. Karlene met Leslie shortly after she was sent to prison and they have been friends ever since.
Karlene's book The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult follows Leslie from her time as a 'Manson Girl', through her process of recovery from the Manson cult to her work toward accepting & taking full responsibility for her actions. The book follows her three trials, her experience in prison and highlights her current struggle for parole. The book looks behind the intense sensationalism to challenge commonly held notions of justice, responsibility, brainwashing and punishment.
Stark Raven interviews Karlene about her book. Karlene has been an activist and advocate for prisoners rights for over 40 years.
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Stark Raven Show: Mar 19th, Karlene Faith on Leslie Van Houten