“I constantly have hope that they’ll do the right thing and keep these people in prison, and now my hopes have to go with the governor,” she said.
“This man does not belong outside the walls of a prison,” she remarked.
According to Beausoleil’s attorney Jason Campbell, his client is no longer dangerous and that his release “is long overdue,” noted the AP.
“He is a very thoughtful, insightful and compassionate person. He’s not the person he was in 1969,” Campbell said. “He’s matured dramatically since then.”
The sister of one of the Manson family’s most infamous victims, Sharon Tate, noted that she will begin using social media to oppose Beausoleil’s release.
Debra Tate will appeal to Gov.-elect Newsom “because he has a tendency to be very liberal. Without public opinion weighing in on this, there is no hope.”
Tate said testimony showed that Beausoleil is still physically capable of violence and had borderline psychological reports. She said he also keeps breaking prison rules by profiting from selling his art and music outside of prison.
Beausoleil is currently held in the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, northeast of San Francisco.
The Manson Family was a desert commune and cult formed in California in the late 1960s. Led by Charles Manson, the group consisted of approximately 100 of his followers who lived an unconventional lifestyle with habitual use of hallucinogenic drugs