Leno and Rosemary LaBianca

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Leno La Bianca
Born (1925-08-06)August 6, 1925
Los Angeles, California
Died August 10, 1969(1969-08-10) (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California
Body discovered
3301 Waverly Drive
Los Feliz, Los Angeles
Resting place
Calvary Cemetery
34°01′42″N 118°10′33″W / 34.02830°N 118.17580°W / 34.02830; -118.17580
Occupation businessman in the supermarket industry
Rosemary LaBianca
Born (1929-12-15)December 15, 1929
Arizona
Died August 10, 1969(1969-08-10) (aged 39)
Los Angeles, California
Body discovered
3301 Waverly Drive
Los Feliz, Los Angeles
Resting place
Cremated, unknown
Occupation businesswoman

Pasqualino Antonio "Leno" LaBianca (August 6, 1925 - August 10, 1969) and Rosemary LaBianca (December 15, 1929 - August 10, 1969), husband and wife, were victims of the Manson Family murders.

Leno was a grocery store owner, and Rosemary was also a successful businesswoman. They lived in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. On August 9, 1969, they had vacationed for the day at Lake Isabella, and returned home the night following the Sharon Tate murders. They were last seen alive when they stopped on their way home to buy fuel. Rosemary also bought a newspaper, its front page detailing the murders on Cielo Drive at Roman Polanski's Beverly Hills Post Office residence in Los Angeles. The attendant testified later that Rosemary particularly had been very concerned and anxious as she read about the murders and briefly discussed this with the attendant.[1][2]

The following night, on August 10, 1969, Rosemary's 15-year-old son Frank Struthers became concerned when neither his mother nor step father answered the door. After contacting his older sister Suzanne Struthers and her boyfriend, the three, upon arriving at the home, became further worried by the fact that Leno's boat was parked on the street instead of the driveway. They felt this to be out of Leno's character, and entered the house. Inside the kitchen they saw the words "HeaLter SkeLter" written in what appeared to be blood on the front of the refrigerator. In the living room they found Leno, bound and gagged, and stabbed to death. Rosemary was found, also stabbed to death, in the master bedroom.

Charles Manson, Charles 'Tex' Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, and Susan Atkins were charged with these murders after a lengthy investigation. Susan Atkins, also charged with the Tate murders, had provided testimony before a Grand Jury.

Her testimony, borne out by police investigations and corroborated by other "Family" members, stated that Manson had been critical of the way in the which the Cielo Drive murders had been carried out. The people were allowed to know they were to be murdered and this resulted in panic. He took personal charge of setting up the murders the following night, to ensure the victims would be easily restrained and compliant, and that there would be no panic.

Driving to Los Angeles, and accompanied by "Family" members Steve Grogan and Linda Kasabian, he stopped at several houses before considering each in turn to be unsuitable. Remembering a house in Los Feliz, where he had attended parties, he recalled that a neighboring house was somewhat isolated from the rest of the neighborhood. He directed Watson to drive there, and entered the house himself with Watson. He assured the two occupants that they were to be robbed but not harmed, and tied them up. He then came back to the remaining "Family" members waiting outside and instructed Krenwinkel and Van Houten to go inside and follow Watson's instructions. Manson, Kasabian, Atkins, and Grogan then drove away from the home.

The two females made Rosemary LaBianca go into her bedroom, while Watson stayed in the living room with Leno. Van Houten hooded Rosemary with a pillow case, and the two girls tied a heavy lamp to Rosemary's neck, using the lamp's electrical cord. Van Houten held Rosemary down on her back. Rosemary began to scream when she heard her husband being knifed; Krenwinkel then stabbed her—the knife striking a collarbone and bending. The victim rose up from the bed, fighting against Krenwinkel and Van Houten. The two continued the attack, but the weapons were kitchen knives and were ineffective at stabbing through clothing. Van Houten summoned Watson, who stabbed Rosemary to death with his bayonet.

Manson, Watson, Krenwinkel, Van Houten, and Atkins were found guilty of these murders. Van Houten was not charged in connection with the Tate murders, but the remaining defendants, along with Susan Atkins (who had not entered the LaBianca residence) were found guilty of the Tate murders. Each received a death sentence, but this was commuted to life in prison for each person, when the State of California temporarily abolished the death penalty.

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