Regarding Kasabian in the comments section...
I have reservations, regarding Kasabian.
She was pretty messed-up before she even got to the ranch. She was no hapless "Snow White", that's for dang sure. She was involved in these murders no matter how you slice it, and hence, is a criminal in her own right.
Bugliosi loved to say:
"Linda was cut from a different cloth".
I think her "cloth" was much more similar (to the others), than Bugliosi portrayed.
"Birds of a feather", as it were...
Bugliosi knew, that painting Linda as "a cut above" would make her a more credible witness in the eyes of the jury... and hence, make her more valuable to his prosecution. Her "squeaky clean persona" was carefully planned and orchestrated.
Folks always hound Bugliosi about "Helter Skelter", but I submit... his portrayal of Kasabian as a hapless victim of circumstance, may have been his greatest distortion and fabrication, of all.
Of all the pieces of shit to choose from... yeah... I probably would have used Kasabiam myself, as a prosecutor. She was "less guilty" than the others... but c'mon... how far does "less guilty" take ya?
As Marlin said:
"How far can you carry empathy?"
I'm very pleased that Kasabian did, in fact, testify and jail these criminals.
But, one has to ask:
Did she testify "just to be a nice girl"???
OR... did she "turn state's evidence", to save her own skin???
If you look at her track record of decision-making before, during, and after the murders... the answer to that question, is pretty clear.
It's also worth noting here:
If Kasabian had foolishly NOT "taken the deal"... (and make no mistake folks, it was a deal no matter how you slice it)... Bugliosi would have turned on her immediately, and prosecuted her to the full extent of the law, just like all the others.
You would have seen "Linda" painted in a totally different light by Bugs... and that's worthy of thought and clarification.
Love him or hate him... Bugluiosi was, in fact, a very effective lawyer.. and Kasabian (a criminal in her own right), would have done time.
I'm not a huge "Linda fan".