Kathryn Lutesinger, without knowing it, led the police to one of the Tate killers, which eventually led to the arrest of Manson and his family.
Kathryn, aka Kitty, first met Charles Manson during the summer of ’69. Her boyfriend, Bobby Beausoleil, a member of the Manson family, took her to the Manson family hangout at Spahn Ranch.
Kathryn and Manson didn’t really get along, Kathryn, who was pregnant at the time, tried to lure Beausoleil away from the Manson family, and because of this, Manson often targeted Kathryn with his anger. Manson once elbowed her in the face when she fell asleep during one of his late-night ramblings.
One day, after receiving a death threat from Manson, he told her he would carve her up, she had had it and left the ranch. She went to a nearby police station and told her that Manson had threatened her, and told them about the shady things that happened at Spahn Ranch, then returned to her parent’s horse ranch.
While staying with her parents, her boyfriend, Beausoleil, was arrested for the murder of Gary Hinman. Kathryn, who didn’t know he had been arrested, tried to call Beausoleil at the ranch, but couldn’t get a hold of him, and nobody would tell her what happened to him. Finally, Manson told her, over the phone, that Beausoleil had been arrested, but he wouldn’t say why.
On August 15, Kathryn went back to the ranch. The next day, August 16, police raided Spahn Ranch, and arrested Kathryn along with the rest of the Manson family. Ironically, the Spahn Ranch raid was authorized on information Lutesinger herself had given to the police after she first fled the ranch.
After their release, the Manson family moved to Death Valley, and Katrhyn moved in with them. At Myers Ranch, the new family hangout, Susan Atkins finaly told Kathryn what happened to Beausoleil. She told Kathryn that Beausoleil had been arrested for the Hinman murder.
Atkins told her the whole story about how she, Beausoleil and Brunner went to rob Hinman. She told Kathryn how the robbery had failed, and that they killed Hinman. On the night of October 9, Kathryn fled the ranch.
Kathryn went to the police and told the police about the Hinman murder. Police questioned Kathryn several times, and she gave police valuable information about Manson and the family. She told the police about the credit card fraud, underage girls, drug use and the weapons on the ranch.
Eventually, Beausoleil, Atkins and Brunner were arrested for the Hinman murder. Little did the police know at the time that they had arrested one of the Tate killers. While in prison, Atkins, who always liked to be the center of attention, began bragging to her cellmates.
She told her cell mates about the murder of pregnant Sharon Tate. She said she was the one who killed Tate, tasted her blood, and wrote the word pig on the door of the house in Tate’s blood. Her cell mates reported her to the police. The authorities finally knew who had committed Tate’s murder.
Although Kathryn was the one who sent the police to Manson and his family, she was not called as a witness during the murder trial.
While Kathryn wasn’t much of a Manson supporter, she did feel a kinship with the family and, like the rest of the family, shaved her head and cut an X in her forehead. She regularly kept vigil at the Hall Of Justice with the rest of the family.
February 1970. Kathryn was about to give birth to Beausoleil’s child when Beausoleil was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Hinman. When the verdict was pronounced, Kathryn burst into tears, after which Beausoleil’s parents comforted her. Not long after, she gave birth to a daughter, half sister of Ivan, the son of Sandra Good.
Kathryn drifted in and out of the family during the trials, but eventually she left the family and went her own way.