Linda Kasabian

Name: Linda Darlene Kasabian
Date of birth: 06/21/1949
Place of birth: Biddeford, Maine
AKA: Yana the Witch, Linda Drouin, Linda Christian
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Whereabouts: Washington State
Lives under marital name
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Linda Kasabian was part of the Manson Family, then she became the star witness against them. She was the key witness in District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi’s prosecution of Manson and his followers for the Tate-LaBianca murders.

​Linda Kasabian joined up with the Manson Family after splitting up with her husband at the time, in July 1969 about a month before the Tate- Labianca murders. She brought her daughter Tanya with her to the Manson hangout at Spahn Ranch.

Linda was the driver of the getaway car on both nights of the murders. She did not participate in any of the killings. While at the Tate residence, she stood guard at the gate while the killings were going on. She heard the victims scream for their lives, and ran up to the house to see a beaten, stabbed, shot, and dying Wojciech Frykowski in which she told him “Sorry” just before he collapsed. She also witnessed Steven Parent getting shot to death prior to Tex, Susan, and Patricia entering the Tate residence.

On the second night of the Manson Family murder spree Kasabian dropped off Watson, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten at the LaBianca residence. While the Labiancas were being slaughtered Manson ordered Kasabian to drive to a Venice Beach apartment complex. Manson then ordered Kasabian, Atkins and Grogan to participate in the murder of an aspiring actor, Saladin Nader. Kasabian had met Saladin a few days earlier while Kasabian and Sandra Good were hitchhiking.

They entered the apartment complex, Atkins and Grogan waited with a knife and gun in hand, prepared to kill but Kasabian purposely brought Atkins and Grogan to the wrong apartment. When the occupant answered, Kasabian apologized and excused herself, preventing the crime.

Two days after the LaBianca murders, Kasabian fled from the Manson Family, and eventually returned to her mother’s home.

Kasabian, Manson, and four other members were indicted for the murders. In her first day at trial, she was shown crime scene photos. “I don’t have to look at the pictures,” she said. “It’s in my head.”

Kasabian was given immunity after she turned witness for the prosecution during the infamous 1970 trial. During the trial, she was repeatedly threatened by members of the Manson Family, told ‘you’re killing us’ by Atkins and was the target of a throat-cutting gesture from Manson himself.

After the trial, Kasabian bounced around states trying to find stability, but has been arrested for indecent exposure, DUI and meth possession. Kasabian now lives a low key life somewhere in Washington State. Reportedly Kasabian was relieved to hear that Charles Manson had died.

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4 thoughts on “Linda Kasabian

  1. To Linda, I would just like to say that I commend you for what you did testifying against them. Its so sad you had to endure that. God bless you Linda. I wrote one of the girls a long time ago I think it was floored me what she said, even after all these years, Sickened my stomach. Anyway, i hope life finds you well and God keeps blessing you!

  2. Let see,
    Linda meets Tex, they have sex. The first day for her there, at Spahn.
    She tells him about her husband and his friend, that, the friend had inherited a bunch of money. Go back to Topanga and steal the money, Tex says. Linda goes back and finds a container with 5,000 dollars in it. She steals it and rushes back to Spahn and gives the money to Tex and Charlie.
    Isn’t that nice…
    That second day at Spahn, she and Charlie have sex.
    Linda was the lookout at the Tate property. Why didn’t she run as the murders on the lawn were taking place and call the boys in blue?
    Why, if she was of a heart and conscience didn’t she do that the next day?
    The LaBianca’s would still be alive if she had done that. One phone call and the cops would also have escorted her and her daughter out of Spahn, too.
    she’s going with the prosecutors to restaurants for dinners during the trials.
    From stealing, from a couple of good guys, (her husband and his friend)to sex in the dirt, holding, then disposing of the knives and gun to that?
    What she went through? What?
    She testified to save her self, no more.
    After the trials, why wasn’t she charged, at least with that major theft, for example?
    Okay, whatever…

  3. In Linda’s situation who would not betray? At the time she was stunned inside the car, for fear petrified her! And just had a chance for your freedom …. the giveaway! Otherwise she would be dead too if she were free wandering the streets of her time ….
    No wonder that in 2009 I saw her interview with Larry King, and even after so long she had to protect herself with a wig and sunglasses, and the scene more or less in the gloom …. I confess that until I was afraid.
    It’s the same thing that is happening here in Brazil …. most of the corrupt are agreeing to betray former president Lula in an attempt to soften their sentences …

  4. I don’t think Linda Kasabian is innocent she was the look out she was involved. She should of been in prison with rest of them Charles Manson didn’t kill anyone an he went to prison for rest his life why didn’t Linda go to prison if she was part of the murders.i saw her in Larry king she acted she was innocent.she is evil as they are

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