• ‘Saw Manson with Weapon,’ Linda

‘Saw Manson with Weapon,’ Linda

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 – Linda Kasabian testified today that Charles Manson carried either a sword or gun into the home of a wealthy market owner before the man and his wife were slain last August.

“I don’t know what it was. He stuck something in his pants…it was either a gun or a sword. I don’t know which,” said Mrs. Kasabian, the state’s star witness in the Tate murder trial.

The couple, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were stabbed to death the day after the five murders at the Sharon Tate estate. Mrs. Kasabian previously testified that Manson left the home before the LaBiancas were slain.

In redirect questioning by the prosecution Mrs. Kasabian, who had spent the night out of jail for the first time in eight months, began to say that Manson has been heckling her from the sidelines during her testimony, but her comments were ordered stricken by the judge.

She had said that Manson at one point looked toward the ceiling, pointed to himself, held up one finger and said to her, “I’m your father.”

“I said, ‘No, Charlie, God is my father,'” Mrs. Kasabian said.

Mrs. Kasabian’s lawyers said she spent the night cooking a spaghetti dinner for her three bodyguards and watching herself on television after being whisked to an apartment hideout.

She was released after murder-conspiracy charges against her were dropped yesterday. The petite, pigtailed witness was granted immunity from prosecution for telling her story on the stand.

During 14 days as a witness, she has testified that some members of Charles M. Manson’s hippie-style “family” killed the blonde actress and six others during two murder missions last August. She said she went on the missions but stayed outside as a lookout, then fled in terror.

Manson and three women followers, Susan Atkins, 21, Patricia Krenwinkel, 22, and Leslie Van Houten, 20, are on trial for murder-conspiracy.

Mrs. Kasabian will come to court daily until she completes her testimony. Ronald Hughes, the last of four defense lawyers, completed his cross-examination and chief prosecutor Aaron Stovitz began questions in redirect examination.

On redirect, Mrs. Kasabian told of her arrest at her mother’s home in Milford, N.H.

“I was very frightened,” she said. “A car pulled up in front of my house. I put on my coat, said goodbye to my dog and walked out of the house.”

Since her return to Los Angeles last December, Mrs. Kasabian has spent most of her time alone in a cell under heavy guard. Her lawyers say there have been numerous threats on her life.

A prosecutor said that she will remain under guard as long as she’s a witness, but once she leaves California the matter will be out of their hands.

Her attorney said she hopes to head east. Her mother in Milford has been caring for her children, Tanya, 2, and Angel, 5 months.

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