Much of the evidence, of course, I haven't got into
yet. There is no question at all that Manson was sending Tex, Sadie, Katie, and
Linda out on his mission of murder. Linda testified that they were all wearing
dark clothing, Sadie a black T-shirt, Katie a dark T-shirt, Tex with a black turtleneck,
sort of a velour velvet shirt. She said all three were wearing dark Levi's.
testified that [when] they drove off from Spahn Ranch she did not know where they
were going, although Tex did say he had been to the place before. Linda said she
also did not know what Tex, Sadie, and Katie were going to do. In other words,
Linda thought she was going out to steal that night. She apparently did not know
that the mission was going to be murder.
As they were proceeding toward
their destination, Tex told Linda to wrap the three knives and a gun in a piece
of clothing, and if they were stopped, to throw them out of the window, whereupon
Linda did wrap the three knives and the gun in a skirt of hers which was part
of her change of clothing. Linda testified that Tex drove all the way to their
ultimate destination. She said Tex drove directly to the Tate residence. The significance
of this is that apparently this night as opposed to the following night when they
were roaming the city, this particular night the killers knew exactly where they
were going to go from the moment they left the Spahn Ranch.
She said that
it took Tex between a half hour and an hour to drive to the Tate residence, and
she guessed they arrived roughly around midnight. Tex turned the car around at
the top of the hill, outside the gate of the Tate residence, and parked the car
next to a telephone pole. And you will recall that Linda testified that eventually
she, Tex, Katie, and Sadie climbed over the front gate.
She said Tex got
out of the car, climbed the telephone pole, and although she doesn't remember
hearing Tex cut the telephone pole wire, she did see a few wires fall onto the
ground. Tex got back in the car, drove to the bottom of the hill, and parked the
car. All four got out of the car at that particular point and started to walk
up the hill. Tex was carrying a rope. Let's pick up her testimony at this point:
"We climbed over a fence and then a light started coming toward us and Tex
told us to get back and sit down."
on the closing argument