The first day she was at Spahn Ranch, July 4, she
did not meet Charles Manson, but she did meet Charles "Tex" Watson and
she had sex with him that night. The next day, July the fifth, 1969, she and Gypsy
and Mary Brunner left the Spahn Ranch to go to Charles Melton's truck for the
purpose of having Linda steal $5,000 of Melton's money, which Linda did. When
she returned to Spahn Ranch, she believes she gave the $5,000 to Leslie Van Houten,
although she did not know for sure Leslie was the person whom she gave the money
to. In any event, she never saw the $5,000 again, and she did not receive any
benefit from the $5,000. Now, let's face it. Linda stole $5,000. But let's also
face the fact that the theft of the $5,000 took place after Linda had been exposed
to the members of Charles Manson's Family.
DEFENDANT MANSON: At least a
day and a half.
MR. BUGLIOSI: Also, let's face the fact that her state of
mind-and I am not covering up for the fact that she stole the $5,000-let's face
the fact that her state of mind was not the state of mind typically of someone
stealing money, because she didn't steal it for herself She gave the entire $5,000
to other members of the Family and did not profit in any fashion from it. She
testified that she took the $5,000 to help Charlie Manson go to the desert. I
don't know why they needed $5,000 to get there, but apparently Linda felt they
did, or the Family felt they did.
The first time Linda met Manson, Charlie
was with several girls, Gypsy, Brenda McCann, and Snake.
They were not allowed to testify either.
MR. BUGLIOSI: Manson asked Linda
why she came to live at the ranch. She told him that her husband had rejected
her and that Gypsy told her he would welcome her as part of the Family. Manson
then felt Linda's legs, and she testified that she got the impression he thought
they were okay. The next day Manson made love to Linda in a cove in back of the
ranch, and he told her she had a father hang-up. Linda was impressed by this because
no one ever told her this before, and she said she did have a hang-up. She disliked
her stepfather very much.
on the closing argument