Tate Murder Suspect Faces Arraignment Today
Wednesday, December 10th, 1969
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 – Hippie cult leader Charles Manson was in jail here today after being driven from Independence, Calif., last night to face arraignment in court for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other persons.
Manson was driven by detectives from the California desert town where he had been held on a car theft charge since Oct. 10 after police broke up his Death Valley hippie commune.
He was whisked through the underground garage of Los Angeles police headquarters with his hands manacled behind his neck and today was in jail on the ground floor of the building.
Manson, 35, was originally scheduled to appear for arraignment today with three of his female followers in Los Angeles Superior Court. But the district attorney’s office later decided to arraign him separately tomorrow.
The three women who will appear in court today are Miss Susan Atkins, 21, Mrs. Linda Kasabian, 20, and Miss Leslie Sankston, 19.
It was Miss Atkins, the district attorney’s office star witness at the grand jury hearing which indicted the hippies, who identified Manson as leader of the desert cult.
She also testified that he directed the murders of Miss Tate and four others at the Tate home Aug. 9 and the killings of supermarket owner Leno Labianca and his wife, Rosemary, the following night, according to sources close to the grand jury.
Manson, Miss Atkins and Mrs. Kasabian were indicted Monday on five counts of murder at the Tate house and two counts of murder in the LaBianca home. Miss Sankston was indicted only in the LaBianca killings.
Two others, Charles Watson, 24, now being held in a Texas jail, and Patricia Krenwinkel, 21, in custody in Mobile, Ala., were also indicted in the Tate case. They have said they fight extradition to California.