Kathryn Lutesinger

Kathryn Lutesinger is a former member of the Manson Family. Kathryn, also known as Kitty, was introduced to the family in ’69 by boyfriend Bobby Beausoleil.

At the time Kathryn was pregnant and carrying Beausoleil’s child. Manson treated Lutesinger badly because Manson felt Kathryn was trying to lure Beausoleil away from the family.

Manson once elbowed her in the face for falling asleep during one of his nightly ramblings. Kathryn had enough of Manson’s abuse, and she fled Spahn Ranch and returned home to her parents. While she was away, her boyfriend Beausoleil was arrested for the murder of Gary Hinman.

Kathryn repeatedly called Spahn’s Ranch looking for Beausoleil, but no one would tell her what had happened to him. Finally, someone told her that Beausoleil had been arrested. However, Kathryn didn’t know Beausoleil was arrested for the Hinman murder.

Return To Spahn’s Ranch

Kathryn was still staying with her parents, but things didn’t go so well, and Kathryn wanted to go back to Spahn Ranch. On August 15th Kathryn called Spahn Ranch asking for someone to come and pick her up. The next day police raided the Ranch, and Kathryn was arrested with the rest of The Family.

Later that summer Kathryn moved to Barker’s Ranch with The Family. While staying in the dessert, Susan Atkins confided in her and told her that Beausoleil was arrested for the Hinman murder.


Kathryn once again fled from the family, this time with another girl, Stephanie Schram. On the way they flagged down a police car for protection while escaping. Kathryn told the police about her conversation with Susan Atkins and implicated her for murder.

During the Tate-Labianca trial, Kathryn floated in and out of the family. She was arrested in November of ’71 for aiding the escape of family associate Kenneth Como, but charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Kathryn moved on with her life and became a science teacher. Today she is retired and lives a peaceful life.