"And I took one of the knives, and Patricia had one a knife, and we started stabbing and cutting up the lady," Van Houten testified during her trial.
After the LaBianca’s were murdered, the killers used their blood to scrawl “Rise,” “Death to Pigs” and “Helter-Skelter” on the walls of their home.
The murders were part of a string of killings on the order of Manson Family leader, Charles Manson.
"Sympathy, understanding and compassion should be given to the victims of murder and not the killers," the ex-wife of Leno, Alice LaBianca, wrote in a letter to the parole board in 1998. "My children… have had to face the realities of life without the help of their father," LaBianca wrote.
The decision to recommend parole was made by a two-person panel from California’s Board of Parole Hearings, though it can still be overturned by Governor Jerry Brown.