Linda Kasabian dead at 73: Cult member who helped send Charles Manson to prison dies with cause of death unknown | The Sun

THE Manson Family member whose testimony helped jail the infamous cult leader Charles Manson has died at age 73.

Linda Kasabian, who was given immunity in exchange for becoming a key witness in the 1970 Manson trial, died at a hospital in Tacoma, Washington, on January 21, according to TMZ.

A cause of death was not disclosed, however, her body was reportedly cremated.

According to TMZ, the death certificate noted that she changed her last name to "Chiochios," apparently to protect her identity from the brutal cult.

During the high-profile trial, Kasabian vividly testified about the 1969 killings of Hollywood star Sharon Tate and four others at filmmaker Roman Polanski's house in Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles.

On the night of August 8, 1969, Mason family members Susan Atkins, Tex Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel entered Polanski's home and murdered the five victims on orders of the cult leader.

Butchered alongside Tate were celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, screenwriter Voytek Frykowski, coffee fortune heir Abigail Folger, and Steven Parent, a friend of Tate's housekeeper who was driving by the home at the wrong time.

All of the victims were stabbed multiple times and suffered a myriad of gruesome injuries. Parent and Frykowski were also shot.

Polanski was working on a movie in Europe at the time his wife, Tate, and unborn child were killed.

Kasabian testified that she witnessed the brutal killings but never physically hurt anyone.

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She also confessed that she was the driver on the second night of the Manson murders, in which supermarket owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, were stabbed to death inside their Los Angeles home.

The murders of the LaBiancas on August 9, 1969, were carried out by seven cult members – Leslie Van Houten, Steve "Clem" Grogan, Manson, and the four from the previous night.

Kasabian's testimony helped a jury convict Manson and his followers of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

All were found guilty and received life sentences.

Manson died behind bars in 2017 at the age of 83 after he went into cardiac arrest due to complications of colon cancer.

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