3301 Waverly Drive was the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. On August 10, 1969, grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary were murdered in their home by members of the Manson Family.
In 1940, Leno’s father Antonio Labianca bought the house on Waverly Drive. In 1951 Leno’s father passed away. In 1968, Leno bought the Waverly Drive house from his mother.
In the summer of 1969 there was a number of break-ins at the Waverly Drive house. Leno and Rosemary desperately wanted to move out of the Waverly Drive house. They never got the chance.
Manson’s Waverly Drive Backstory
1966. While incarcerated at Terminal Island Prison Charles Manson met flamboyant producer Phil Kaufman. After Kaufman’s release from prison he hooked up with Manson. Kaufman spent most of his time crashing at the house of his friend, Harold True.
Manson regularly visited Kaufman there, Manson even stayed a week at Harold’s house. Harold lived at 3267 Waverly Drive. The next door neighbors at 3301 Waverly Drive were Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
Motive: The LaBianca’s weren’t Manson’s first choice
As for the motive, the LaBianca’s were not Manson’s target. Manson first went to the residence of Harold True. Harold wasn’t at home so Manson went over to the LaBianca’s.
At the murder trial Linda Kasabian testified that after she parked the car in front of the LaBianca house she asked Manson, “Charlie, you’re not going into that house (Labianca’s), are you?”
Manson replied, ‘No, I’m going next door.’ (Harold True’s house)
“He got out of the car. He disappeared up the walkway, the driveway, leading towards Harold’s house, and I couldn’t follow him any longer, he just disappeared.”
Manson agreed to this version of events in 1998:
“And I went to see Harold. Harold wasn’t there, and I looked over and I seen a light over on the other side, and I walked over there and there was a little dog there. So I patted the dog on the head and I opened the door and there was a dude (Leno LaBianca) sitting on the couch. “And when I walked in, I said, ‘Oh, hey. Hi.’
After the Murders
After the murders a Filipino couple bought the Waverly Drive house. The address has been changed from 3301 to 3311 Waverly Drive. The house was back on the market in 1998 and sold for $375,000. Today the house is up for sale again for $1.98 million.