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Petition to CA Board of Parole, Governor Newsom, Court of Appeals

Keep Charles Manson Cult Killer Leslie Van Houten from Being Paroled

Leslie Van Houten (CDC#W-13378)'s parole recommendation has been REVERSED by CA Governor Gavin Newsom on June 3, 2019!  Signatures &comments are still being collected here on this petition for her appeals & next parole hearing, so please sign & SHARE this petition.  Her next hearing date will be posted here as it becomes available.Ms. Van Houten broke into the home of Leno & Rosemary LaBianca on August 10, 1969- after Charles Manson had gone into their home & tied the couple up. She placed a pillowcase over Mrs. LaBianca's head & tied it with a lamp chord. She held Mrs. LaBianca down so Patricia Krenwinkel could stab her. When the knife bent stabbing Mrs. LaBianca in the collar bone, Ms. Van Houten held Mrs. LaBianca down so Tex Watson could come in and stab her.  Ms. Van Houten then stabbed Mrs. LaBianca in the lower back several times. Rosemary LaBianca was stabbed a total of 41 times. Words were then written in blood on two walls & a refrigerator door. Ms. Van Houten then took a shower, stole one of Rosemary LaBianca's dresses to wear, a leather purse, wiped the house of fingerprints, and ate cheese and chocolate milk from the victims' refrigerator.  Before leaving, she patted their dogs on the head and left their bodies to be discovered the following evening by Rosemary's son and daughter. She claims to this day that she did this because she believed she was going to live in a hole in the middle of the earth with the Manson cult. For years she showed no remorse at all for her actions. When asked during her trial if she ever cried about the murder of Rosemary LaBianca she replied: "Cry for her death? Why? She's not the only person who has died." If you do not want this random murderer who was convicted by two separate juries of her peers to be released into free society, please sign & share this petition to let the parole board, Governor, and the appellate courts know you do not want to see her released. When her next parole hearing is approaching, you may also e-mail or write a letter to the parole board.  Please include the inmate's name, CDC# W-13378, parole hearing date, & state why you feel she should stay in prison by contacting the parole board here: Email:  bph.correspondenceunit@cdcr.ca.gov or mail to:Board of Parole HearingsP.O. Box 4036Sacramento, CA 95812-4036Re: Leslie Van Houten (CDC# W-13378)'s parole hearing, [parole hearing date] Thank You-Ms. Debra Tate(Sister of Sharon Tate)www.noparoleformansonfamily.comwww.sharontate.netTwitter- @debra_tate9Facebook- @TFLegacy-  for continuous updatesAny donations made to Change.org in the name of this cause for this petition are kept by Change.org to promote the petition.

Debra Tate
167,828 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to State Board of Pardons And Paroles Georgia, Members of the board

Keep James Starling, the man who raped me, and other women, behind bars for full sentence!

It's not easy to share such a personal trauma. However,  I am starting this petition to protect other women and young girls from a serial predator and convicted rapist. James Starling is up for parole and should not be let loose on society when there is no chance his deep-seated criminal behavior has been cured or can be fixed. When you are raped, it never leaves you. My rape was the most terrifying day of my life...but the horror only escalated when I learned James Starling, inmate number 168978, might be paroled. The man who raped me, and several other women, was sentenced to 50 years in prison. I was shocked, when my daughter asked me while watching Lady Gaga sing her Oscar-nominated anthem about rape, 'Till It Happens To You', "Mom, how old would the man who raped you be now?" A simple google search and 30 seconds later my world stopped. There on my cell phone screen I read that James Starling was up for parole in April 2016, twenty years before his sentence would be complete. It was impossible to contain my tears, and even more impossible to witness my daughter looking at me, not knowing how to comfort and ease the fear and sadness she saw in me. My rapist didn't just terrorize me for several hours on April 4, 1986. He had secretly been inside my apartment many times, perhaps every day, stealing things, moving things and I just thought it was me. I was always tired because my job started at 3:00am and went well into the late afternoon. So for months, he was stalking me, and stealing my underwear, my personal photos, all the while everyone said, "Oh you're just tired." Then on April 4th, I woke to the feeling of a naked body pinning me down and a large knife to my throat. Then I heard the words, "Don't make a noise, or I'll kill you right away." James Starling chose that night because the day before my roommate had moved out. He knew I'd be alone. This was a calculated crime. To try and put into words the physical sensation of a body baring down on you, squeezing the very breath from your lungs, and the feeling of sharp metal against your throat, is almost impossible. My life flashed in a second. And all I could hear was, "I'm going to kill you and no one will ever find the pieces."  Starling put a pillowcase over my face before I could see his face. He repeatedly told me, "Don't open those brown eyes and try to see me." James Starling had this night of torture so well planned he brought several pieces of luggage filled with underwear and bras stolen from other homes and apartments across three counties.  He also packed professional camera equipment, lighting and everything. Starling moved me about the room. And dressed me in other people's underwear and posed me in pornographic positions and photographed me...I can only guess there were 100s of pictures. The humiliation and fear lasted for hours. There were moments where his attention turned to rape. Where he committed the crime of sodomy against me repeatedly. I cried and cried and begged him to leave.  My baby nephew Ryan, had just been born, and I was supposed to meet him that weekend. I told this horrible man "I can't die, I have a new baby in my family and you can't make this something that will be a part of his birthday for the rest of his life, you can't do that!" But he repeated again that he would cut me up and no one would ever find me. And told me to, "Shut up!" I begged for my life. I also heard the voices of other rape victims in my head. Women I had just talked to days before when I volunteered for a rape hotline. They cried and said, "I wish I could have remembered more details". That's when I realized I needed to start absorbing everything I could while blinded by the pillowcase. I noted, his hairy chest, he kept stopping to smoke, when he moved me from place to place to photograph me, I registered where his voice came from, how tall he might be. Then he would remind me, "Don't think I'm not going to finish this. Don't try to outsmart me." At one point I asked him, "Why are you so mean?" He was emotional for just a second and said, "I don't want to be this person, but I can't stop it." For a second I thought I might live. I told him to leave before he was caught, before they came looking for me. Because work would be wondering where I was. Then the phone started ringing.  And it didn't stop. Thank God my co-workers sensed something was wrong. Then as the pressure was building, with the phone ringing, he raped me. And told me, "I'm coming back to finish you off. This isn't the end." He put me into the bathroom, I knew I could quickly lock the door, so in a flash, I opened my eyes, and could see his hands. That image helped us catch him. James Starling never denied raping me. When he was caught breaking into homes, with families inside, he told the police, "I've been waiting for a long time for you to catch me." In fact, in my research after my rape, I met a woman who was his victim when he was just 12-years-old. She found him masturbating into her underwear. Unfortunately for her, and all the other future victims, his father was her boss and insisted she not press charges. James Starling confessed to my rape, to the sodomy charges, and the rape of another woman. He admitted it. He was sentence to 50 years total for the various crimes. But now I learn he could get out 20 years BEFORE he's served his total sentence. This is a man, who psychologists said, "...could never be fixed". He has deep-seated fetishes, hatred toward women, a desire to control with fear and violence, and deviant sexual tendencies. This was not a normal person who could just go to jail, and come out all better.  I plead with you to not release James Starling, Georgia Inmate number 168978. Keep in mind, when they searched his property, they found over 10 trash bags filled with undeveloped film. When they developed some of it, they discovered countless young girls posing with fear in their eyes. I remember a detective saying, "He's got bodies buried somewhere."  My daughter, your daughters and granddaughters deserve to wake up every day knowing justice is being served because James Starling is serving his full sentence. Protect women. Don't let this rapist and monster free. I beg you. Most sincerely, Maureen O'Boyle        

Maureen O'Boyle
71,068 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole, Members of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole

Help Keep a Cold-Blooded Killer Behind Bars!!

On Friday, November 24, 2000, the day after Thanksgiving, I had my last conversation with my precious mother.  It was a telephone conversation that lasted only a few minutes but it was a telephone conversation that cost her her life.  Now, only fifteen years later, her monster killer is being considered for parole. My mom and dad had been married for 36 years when he died of cancer.  Theirs was a marriage that many people only dream about, full of love and devotion to each other, their four children, and at the time, their five grandchildren. They owned a small business together and they loved it.  They loved their clients and their clients loved them  People all over the southeast knew my mom and dad and to this very day I hear stories of how my mom and dad touched people’s lives and made a difference.  They never met a stranger and truly loved and enjoyed everyone. When my dad died, my mom was devastated.  She moved back to the small community where she grew up to be near family and her lifelong friend.  It was and still is a tiny community where everyone is neighbors and life is sweet.  We would visit there often over the years growing up.  It was there where my mom reconnected with her “childhood sweetheart”, Henry Clifton Wade (Cliff), and they were married almost three years later.  However, before the ink was even dry on the marriage license Cliff was demanding she give him sole ownership and control of the business that my mom, dad, and brothers had built from the ground up.  She refused to hand it over and that was the beginning of THE END.  My brothers were still very active workers in the company and Cliff ordered her to fire all three of them.  He gave her an ultimatum - it was either him or her children, she couldn’t have both.  My mom loved all four of her children and simply told him she would NEVER choose ANYONE over her children and he was certainly no exception.  He responded by telling her he was going to kill her kids, even going so far as to place a loaded gun by each entrance of their home and told her that he would kill her children if they came to anywhere near her.  That’s when my mom and I began our plans for her escape.  They had only been married seven months.  One day, while Cliff was at work, I picked up my mom, drove her to town, and hired an attorney to draw up divorce papers and a restraining order against this monster.  That was on Wednesday, November 22nd, the day before Thanksgiving.  The attorney got everything in order and walked it over to the courthouse for the judge to sign, but the judge was gone and because of the holiday would not be back until Monday.  After a long discussion, mom insisted I leave town before Cliff returned home from work and assured me that she would be fine until Monday.  On Monday, the judge would sign the restraining order which would allow us to have a sheriff deputy on the premises to protect us while we packed her belongings and got her out of there.  It would be our secret until the Thanksgiving weekend was over.  We were able to keep our secret but not our plans.  On Friday evening, just before 7:00 p.m., I called my mom and talked to her for only a few minutes.  During our conversation I could hear Cliff in the background raging in a fit of anger.  He told her he was going to kill me and all of her kids.  Then, less than 3 minutes after we hung up the phone my mom was DEAD!  Cliff called 911 and told the dispatcher he had shot his wife.  During the investigation, I learned that Cliff had told my mother he was going to kill her.  My mom had visited the Sheriff of Butler County and informed her of Cliff’s threats.  Cliff had told neighbors that he was going to have to go away for a while and his wife would be gone so he would need them to look after his animals.  I also learned that Cliff had been married six times before my mother and was very violent and abusive to all of them.  Each woman suffered worse than the one before.  My mother was the one that suffered the worst, and she didn’t survive.  He became so enraged about my telephone call that he decided to fix it to where I would never be able to call her again!  EVER!  He had followed through with one of his threats.  He shot my mother in cold blood simply because she was having a conversation with her daughter!!! During the murder trial, as I sat on the witness stand, tearfully testifying on my mother’s behalf and giving details of our last conversation, this cold, heartless, cruel monster looked at me and grinned!  He knew I heard him tell my mother he was going to kill me.  He knew that we all knew every last detail.  As the pictures of my mother’s lifeless body was presented to the jurors, that monster smiled at me!!!  Every juror on the panel talked to me and my brothers after the trial was over.  Each one letting us know they voted for a guilty verdict and recommended a life sentence and hoped he would never be released.  The judge followed the jury’s recommendation and handed down a life sentence, but not without parole. It has only been fifteen years and this monster is already being considered for parole.  A hearing will be held in May, and I am asking everyone who will, please speak up on behalf of my mother and all the other women who suffered at the hands of this monster.  This man deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.  After seeing all evidence and hearing testimony, the jurors suggested he never be released from prison.  I am asking that everyone let the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole know that we do not want this monster released back into society.  If released from prison, this monster would return to that same small community that was shattered by evil and that loving community does not deserve to have Henry Clifton Wade as a neighbor.  And the family does not deserve to live in fear, wondering if he will follow through with those threats he made to kill them, especially when he believes we are the reason he has spent the last fifteen years in prison.  

Kim Capps
1,180 supporters