Linda Kasabian – who helped imprison Charles Manson and inspired the band name – has died

Linda accompanied Manson and other cult members on the following night to the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were also murdered. She didn’t commit the actual murders and instead served as a getaway driver.

Charles Manson pictured in January 1970. CREDIT: Bettmann / Contributor

The follower was granted immunity by prosecutors for testifying against Manson and four of his followers, all of whom were later convicted.

The story of the Manson Family killings was explored in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

Stranger Things actress and solo musician Maya Hawke portrayed a further fictionalised version of Linda in the film named ‘Flowerchild’.

Kasabian, meanwhile, were originally called Saracuse before landing on their name after their former guitarist Chris Karloff spotted the name in a book about Manson.


Bassist Chris Edwards told UKULA Magazine in 2007 that Karloff had suggested the new name: “[Karloff] just thought the word was cool, it literally took about a minute after the rest of us heard it…so it was decided.”

Kasabian. Credit: Neil Bradford

Saracuse was reportedly a misspelled version of Syracuse in Italy where The Beatles had performed [via The Guardian].

Manson, meanwhile, died in prison in 2017 at the age of 83 while serving a life sentence for ordering the killings. He directed his primarily young, female followers to murder seven people in the summer of 1969 in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war.

The cult criminal was sentenced to death for his crimes including the Manson Family killings and the murder of an acquaintance, Gary Hinman.

However, Manson was spared execution when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in 1976.

In other news, Kasabian are among the acts booked for the Teenage Cancer Trust gig series in London this month.

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