Manson Lookout: 'Tate Cried Out for Her Mom'

Linda Kasabian speaks out for first time since Mason cult convictions

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 2, 2009 6:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – A witness has ended years of silence about the savage 1969 Charles Manson cult attacks with new details of the night pregnant actress Sharon Tate pleaded for her baby and cried out for her mom as she was fatally stabbed 16 times, reports the Guardian. Linda Kasabian served as a lookout for the Manson "family" attack on the Tate home in the Hollywood Hills where the actress and three houseguests were murdered and their blood was used to write "pig" on the walls.

"I saw a woman in a white dress and she had blood all over her and she was screaming and she was calling for her mom," said Kasabian, now 60, whose testimony convicted Manson and his followers. Kasabian, who has been living under an assumed name in a trailer park in the West, was tracked down by producers of an upcoming documentary on Manson. The attack was sparked because Manson was furious that his music had been rejected by a producer, who once lived in the mansion.

Susan Atkins, convicted of seven 1969 Mansion cult murders, talks to the media in 1970.
Susan Atkins, convicted of seven 1969 Mansion cult murders, talks to the media in 1970.   (AP Photo)
Charles Manson followers, from left, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk to their Los Angeles trial in 1970 for murdering actress Sharon Tate and eight other people.
Charles Manson followers, from left, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk to their Los Angeles trial in 1970 for murdering actress Sharon Tate and eight other people.   (AP Photo)
Charles Manson is pictured en route to a Los Angeles courtroom on in this Dec. 17, 1970 file photo. California corrections officials released a new photograph of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson, Wednesday March 18, 2009. The photo of the 74-year-old Manson was taken Wednesday as part of a routine...
Charles Manson is pictured en route to a Los Angeles courtroom on in this Dec. 17, 1970 file photo. California corrections officials released a new photograph of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson,...   (AP Photo)
Cult leader Charles Manson walks into the courtroom as Susan Atkins, a member of his family of followers, looks on in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1970.
Cult leader Charles Manson walks into the courtroom as Susan Atkins, a member of his family of followers, looks on in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1970.   (AP Photo/File)
Pam Turner, cousin of murder victim Sharon Tate, sobs during an appearance before parole officials to urge they reject an appeal for compassionate release for Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins last year.
Pam Turner, cousin of murder victim Sharon Tate, sobs during an appearance before parole officials to urge they reject an appeal for compassionate release for Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins last...   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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