Linda Seer Herself As A Messiah
Monday, August 17th, 1970
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 – Linda Kasabian testified today that she believes she is an “emissary from God,” sent to tell the world that Charles Manson is a “false prophet.”
Mrs. Kasabian, in her 16th day on the witness stand, said under recross-examination that she had “a vision” during the murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others last August
“All of a sudden I saw within myself what Charles Manson was doing and that he was leading myself into self-destruction,” said the green-eyed witness.
“Did that vision tell you what Charles Manson was?” asked Ronald Hughes, attorney for Leslie Van Houten, 35.
“Yes, I felt he was the devil,” Mrs. Kasabian replied.
The testimony came as Hughes concentrated on the witness’s previous statement that as she looked into, the eyes of dying victim Wojciech Frykowsky, she ceased believing that Manson was Jesus Christ.
Q. Did you fed that this vision was from the universe, from some power outside yourself?
Q. You felt that it had some supernatural origin?
A. Yes, I guess so.
Q. What does a vision mean to you?
A. Insight, I guess.
The prosecution objected that “these are metaphysical questions that even a psychiatrist couldn’t answer,” but Hughes was allowed to continue.
Q. Do you feel you’re an emissary from God?
Q. In what respect are you an emissary?
A. I can’t say.
Q. Do you feel that your mission is to tell the world who Charles Manson really is?
Q. Do you feel that God has sent you to tell who Charles Manson really is? .
A. Yes, it’s what I feel in my heart. But I’m not really sure.
Hughes then asked if she had come to tell the world that Manson was the devil. She answered “he’s a false prophet,” then defined that as: “A person who professes false beliefs, puts in lies and delusions a little bit with the truth.”
By LINDA DEUTSCH