With respect to Rosemary, her cause of death was
multiple stab wounds to the neck and trunk causing massive hemorrhage. When Rosemary's
body arrived at the Coroner's Office, the pillowcase was still over her head,
and the electrical cord was wrapped over the pillowcase around Rosemary's neck.
Rosemary, ladies and gentlemen, had fortyone stab wounds, all of which were penetration
wounds, eight of which were fatal in and of themselves. Dr. Katsuyama also found
three linear abrasions on Mrs. LaBianca's back, which he felt were caused by an
instrument such as a screwdriver, or the metal prongs on the plug to the electric
cord. He ruled out a sharp knife. Rosemary had one defense wound to her right
Dr. Katsuyama testified that several of Rosemary's stab wounds
to her buttocks were definitely inflicted after Rosemary had already died, and
he even circled these areas in black here, because you will notice that the wounds
within the circle are very, very light color, very, very light colored, as opposed
to the darkness around the wounds up above.
He found blood at various places
at the LaBianca scene, took samples of the blood, and determined what the blood
type was. The words "Helter Skelter" were B-type blood, Leno LaBianca's
The testimony of the following witnesses, basically, apply
to both the Tate and the LaBianca murders. We are starting to get into an area
now of Manson's state of mind, his philosophy on life.
First, we will discuss
briefly Sergeant Gutierrez's testimony. He testified on the morning session of
the second day that Linda Kasabian testified, he was seated in front of the rail
here in court. He observed [that] Mr. Manson's and Mrs. Kasabian's eyes meet,
and observed Mr. Manson make a slitting-of-the-throat motion to Mrs. Kasabian,
by taking his right index finger and moving it across his throat from right to
left. This act alone, of course, by Manson, is indicative of guilt. The motion
by Manson was a threatening motion, the obvious purpose of which was to silence
Mrs. Kasabian. He certainly does not want her to tell you folks what happened
on these two nights of murder. You twelve people are the last people in the world
he wants to know about these two nights of murder.
Gutierrez also testified
that one day in August 1970, during the trial, he observed Mr. Manson came to
court with an X
scratched on his forehead. The very next day he observed the
three female defendants, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten with X's on their
foreheads. This clearly and vividly illustrates the power and the control this
man has over these three female codefendants. They follow whatever he does.
Revelation 9, you will be reading it back in the jury room, speaks of locusts
going out into the world and
destroying everything, including men who do who
not have a mark on their foreheads. So maybe Charlie put that X on his
to save himself from the locusts.
on the closing argument