When she was a young woman in the 1960s, Patricia Krenwinkel was directionless, confused and in search of someone who would show her love.
Tragically, she thought she found that person in Charles Manson.
"I wanted to please. I wanted to feel safe. To feel like someone was going to care for me," Krenwinkel said from a California prison in a clip from the documentary My Life After Manson, which can be seen above. "I hadn't felt that from anyone else in my life.”
The New York Times explains Krenwinkel's role in the Manson Family killings:
In 1969, at age 21, Ms. Krenwinkel was a member of Mr. Manson’s cult in Los Angeles. His group, which he called the “Family,” included more than a dozen men and women who adhered to a bizarre mixture of hippie culture and apocalyptic paranoia. Seeking to inspire a race war, Manson ordered Ms. Krenwinkel and other members of his group to commit a series of murders. Over the course of two nights, they savagely murdered seven people, inflicting more than 130 stab wounds.
Krenwinkel was convicted on seven counts of first-degree murder and has been imprisoned for 45 years. She was sentenced to life behind bars but is up for parole in 2018.
"The thing I try to remember sometimes is that what I am today is not what I was at 19," Krenwinkel, who is the longest serving woman in the California prison system," said. "It all seemed very simple in the beginning."