Charles Manson

Manson family member's parole denial stirs thoughts of Buddhist nun, John Waters

Manson family member's parole denial stirs thoughts of Buddhist nun, John Waters

“Manson family member Leslie Van Houten denied parole.”

The CNN headline caught my eye Monday because of Ms. Van Houten’s connection to Baltimore “filth” writer and director John Waters, but it also brought to mind one other person famous for a very different reason: Buddhist nun Pema Chodron.

A friend of Mr. Waters’ had recently told me (during an interview for a profile to accompany his induction this week into The Sun’s Business and Civic Hall of Fame) that the filmmaker has long advocated for Ms. Van Houten’s release, arguing that if ever there were an example of rehabilitation, she’s...

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