Murderers and Cult Followers Seeking Parole after Decades Behind Bars

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Some of America’s most notorious criminals, who have been imprisoned for decades due to their heinous crimes, are now facing the possibility of being granted parole in 2024. However, their release is not guaranteed as they must first appear before a parole board to demonstrate evidence of their reformation. This decision also allows the families of the victims to testify or submit affidavits, influencing the decision-making process for these convicted murderers.

Among those seeking parole in 2024 is Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother who was convicted of murdering her two sons in 1994. After letting her car roll into a lake with her children still inside, she fabricated a story about a carjacking. Now 51, Smith is eligible for parole in November 2024 and plans to request her release, despite opposition from the family of her ex-husband.

Another figure is David Berkowitz, known as the “Son of Sam” killer, who was convicted in 1978 for a series of shootings that terrorized New York City. Despite claiming to have become a born-again Christian during his time in prison, the now 70-year-old Berkowitz has consistently been denied parole. His upcoming parole hearing in May 2024 will test his chances of being released.

Patricia Krenwinkel, a member of the Manson Family cult, is also hoping for parole in 2024. Involved in one of the most notorious murder sprees in American history in 1969, she faces her 16th attempt at seeking freedom in May 2024, despite previous opposition from California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Edmund Kemper, known as the “Co-Ed Killer,” murdered at least 10 people, including his own mother, in California between 1972 and 1973. Now 75, he is eligible for parole in July 2024, having been denied multiple times before.

Parole for these notorious criminals in 2024 is uncertain, as they must demonstrate evidence of their rehabilitation before the parole board and face opposition from the victims’ families.