Leno and Rosemary LaBianca

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Leno LaBianca (actually Pasqualino Antonio LaBianca ; born August 6, 1925 in Los Angeles ; †  August 10, 1969 there ) was the owner of a supermarket chain on the west coast of California ( State Wholesale Grocery Company, Inc. and Gateway Ranch Markets ), his second wife Rosemary LaBianca (actually Ruth Katherine Elliott ; * December 15, 1930, presumably in Mexico , † August 10, 1969 in Los Angeles) was a successful boutique owner. The couple was murdered on August 10, 1969 by members of the Manson Family around Charles Manson and therefore became known. The murders of the couple and five other people, including actress Sharon Tate , the night before, went down in US crime history as the Tate LaBianca murders .

The murder

The LaBianca couple lived in Los Feliz , a neighborhood in Los Angeles. After a boat trip, the LaBiancas returned to Los Angeles a day after the murder of actress Sharon Tate and four other people. The couple was last seen alive at a gas station. On the morning of August 10, Rosemary LaBianca's 15-year-old son, Frank Struthers, his older sister Susan and her boyfriend found the murdered couple.

Leno LaBianca was killed, tied and gagged in the living room with many knife wounds. The word WAR was carved into the abdominal wall of the partially clothed man . The body had been defaced by the murderers: the murderers left a bread knife in the cut throat and a fork near the navel.

Rosemary LaBianca was found dead in the bedroom, also tied up and stabbed with numerous knife wounds. In the kitchen, Healter Skelter (instead of “ Helter Skelter ”) had been smeared on the refrigerator with Leno LaBianca's blood . The murderers also left the words Rise and pigs in blood on the walls .

Charles Watson , Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten had carried out the crime, Charles Manson had initially handcuffed the victims and then left the scene.

Watson, Krenwinkel, Van Houten as well as Susan Atkins and, as clients, Manson were found guilty of the double murder of the LaBianca couple and the murders of Sharon Tate and their friends and sentenced to death. A change in the law by the State of California resulted in the death penalty being commuted to life imprisonment.


  • Ed Sanders: The Family: The Story of Charles Manson. German translation by Rowohlt, Reinbek 1995, ISBN 3-499-19644-1 .
  • Carol Greene: The Charles Manson Case. Murderer from the retort. Böttiger, Wiesbaden 1992, ISBN 3-925725-13-X .
  • Vincent Bugliosi , Curt Gentry: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders. 25th edition. Norton, New York et al. a. 1994, ISBN 0-393-08700-X .
  • Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry: Helter Skelter - The murder frenzy of Charles Manson, Riva Verlag. Riva, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-86883-057-6 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved April 29, 2017 .
  2. ^ Ed Sanders: The Family . S. 305 .
  3. Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry: Helter Skelter. Charles Manson's murder frenzy. 2010, pp. 70-71.