UNITED STATES: Linda Kasabian, a member of the infamous Charles Manson cult responsible for the 1969 death of actress Sharon Tate, has passed away at the age of 73.
The US media published a notice of her passing, but the cause of death was not quickly made known. Since the murders, Kasabian had maintained a low profile and, according to her death certificate, had altered her name to “Chiochios” in order to conceal her identity.
Kasabian, who was 20 at the time, served as the watch as the infamous “Manson family” murdered Tate, Roman Polanski’s eight-months-pregnant wife, and three other people in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood in August 1969.
She went to Leno and Rosemary LaBianca’s house the following night with Manson and other group members, where the couple was killed.
Kasabian, who did not participate in the killings themselves, was given immunity by the prosecution in order to testify against Manson and four of his followers at their infamous 1970 trial in Los Angeles. They were all found guilty of the crime.
Ex-convict Manson gathered a band of vagrants and outcasts, including Kasabian, and set up a temporary commune at a shuttered movie property northwest of Los Angeles.
Manson ordered his primarily female, juvenile followers to kill seven people in the summer of 1969, allegedly as part of a plot to start a racial conflict, according to the prosecution.
In 1969, Manson received a death sentence for his role in the assassination of Gary Hinman and other members of the Manson Family.
When the death sentence was declared unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court in 1976, he was spared from execution. In 2017, he passed away inside.