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    Who Was Linda Kasabian? How Did She Stop Charles Manson And His Followers?

    Linda Kasabian, a member of the notorious Charles Manson Family, died at 73. During the Manson Family’s murderous rampage, Linda stood guard while the others commenced the killings. Linda Kasabian was only a passive member of the killing spree. She didn’t actively participate in the massacre.

    Soon, she became instrumental in capturing Charles Manson and other family members. Thanks to her bravery on the witness stand, the killing spree stopped. But what has happened to her since she left the cult? What happened to the rest of the members of Charlie Manson’s cult? How did she die? Keep scrolling to find the answers.

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    Linda Kasabian Was A Member Of Charles Manson’s Family

    In 1969, Linda Kasabian came to the Charles Manson family

    After turning 20, Linda Kasabian moved to Spahn Ranch in July 1969. The ranch was an old Hollywood studio where westerns were filmed. But it had become the campsite for Charles Manson and his merry little band of followers.

    Most of the members of the Manson family were young and impressionable girls. They saw Manson as the father figure, a protector against the dangers of the outside world. Instead, he used them for personal gratification. Charles Manson led his followers to believe a race war was coming. He called it ‘Helter Skelter‘. He was convinced that a killing spree would amp up his imaginary war on everything.

    Fed with the Manson propaganda, followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Charles Watson started a killing spree beginning with the murder of Sharon Tate and her unborn child. As the group engaged in the killings, Linda Kasabian stood guard outside.

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    Linda Kasabian’s Testimony Landed Charles Manson In Prison

    Linda Kasabian testified against Charles Manson
    Charles Manson was convicted because of Linda Kasabian’s testimony

    Linda Kasabian was given conditional immunity. Front and center of a gruesome murder trial, she withstood badgering from the opposition’s lawyers and Charles Manson himself. After her 17-day testimony, Manson and his associates were convicted due to Linda Kasabian’s relentlessness on the witness stand.

    As the perpetrator of the killings, Manson was sentenced to death. However, in 1976 the California supreme court declared the death penalty unconstitutional, and Manson escaped execution. Ultimately, he died in prison in 2017 at the age of 83.

    Other Manson Family members, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten, also received murder sentences. They were also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder. Charles Watson was also declared guilty in a different trial. Thus, a reign of terror finally came to an end.

    Since leaving the cult, Linda has lived under different names. Her last known name was “Chiochios” from when she was living in Washington. Her last television appearance was onLarry King Live‘ in 2009. Linda Kasabian died on January 21, 2023. The cause of her death remains unknown.

    A fanatic might have led her astray, but she found her way back. Charles Manson and his followers would have killed more unsuspecting civilians if it wasn’t for her. 

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    Shaurya Thakur
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    Shaurya Thakur is a Content Writer at First Curiosity, who, in his personal time, is writing the greatest "overcoming post-academic slump existential crises" story. His current obsessions are John Cassavetes and Jack Kerouac; musically, he belongs to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

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