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Husband of Tate Suspect Missing

LAWRENCE, Mass., Dec. 22 – The husband of a suspect in the Sharon Tate murder case in Los Angeles, is missing and feared dead, his mother says.

Robert Kasabian, 21, a musician, was reported missing last May by his mother, Mrs. Caroline Kasabian. His wife, Linda, was indicted in the bizarre slaying of the Hollywood actress.

“I think he’s dead.” she said during the weekend. “Call it a mother’s intuition, but I know he’s dead. I just hope I’m wrong.”

The last time Mrs. Kasabian heard from her son was when he telephoned her from Taos, N.M. Robert met his wife, Linda, 20, when both were members of a hippie group in Boston two years ago. They were married here Sept. 20, 1967.

The young couple moved west last New Year’s. A daughter, Tanya, is living with relatives in New Hampshire.

Today Mrs. Kasabian was granted a two-week delay before entering a plea in the Tate murder case to enable her attorney to study the grand jury transcript. Leslie Van Houten, 19, pleaded innocent to the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Leno LaBianca.

Charles Manson, 35, leader of the nomadic clan whose members are charged with the murders, also won a delay in entering a plea.

He told a judge. “The news media have already executed and buried me.” Possessed, his followers say, with hypnotic powers, he added during his court appearance: “If anyone is hypnotized the people are hypnotized by the lies that have been told.”

Manson and Mrs. Kasabian were indicted Dec. 8 on seven counts of murder and one count of conspiracy in the slayings of five persons at the home of actress Sharon Tate Aug. 9 and the killing two days later of Labianca, a wealthy grocer, and his wife.

Miss Van Houten also was indicted on a conspiracy charge, but only two murder counts were lodged against her in connection with the Labianca killings.

The bearded, long-haired Manson and 25 of his followers were arrested in an old camp on the edge of Death Valley in October on auto theft charges. Late in November, Susan Atkins, 21, one of six members of “the Manson family” indicted for the slayings, told authorities Manson and his cult were responsible for the killings.

In other developments in the case, a lawyer for another of the suspects, Patricia Krenwinkel, 22, was given until noon Dec. 29 to either file a protest to her extradition from Mobile, Ala., or allow herself to be brought here for trial.

The sixth suspect, Charles D. Watson, is in Texas awaiting a Jan. 5 extradition hearing in Houston.

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