Rosemary La Bianca

Rosemary La Bianca

Death 10 Aug 1969 (aged 38)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 3509 · View Source
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Manson Family Murder Victim. Rosemary La Bianca's origins were, and remain, a mystery. It is reported that she was born in Mexico to American parents and another story has it that she was abandoned there. She was placed in an Arizona orphanage where she was adopted by a California couple by the surname of Harmon when she was 12. Rosemary married Frank Struthers in the late-1940s and had two children - Suzan and Frank, Jr. They divorced in 1958. She met Leno La Bianca while working as a carhop in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1959 and married him shortly afterwards. After working many odd jobs during her life, Rosemary and a partner opened Boutique Carriage, a pricey women's clothing boutique on North Figueroa Street in L.A. In time, Rosemary saved her money and made smart investments. When her will was probated in 1969, it was revealed that her estate was worth many times that of Abigail Folger, the heiress of the Folger family coffee fortune. In 1968, Leno bought his parents house on Waverly Drive from his mother (that his father bought in 1940). It was at that house that they would be found dead. After a vacation, Leno and Rosemary reportedly went to a newspaper vendor in the small hours of August 10, 1969. The vendor noticed that Rosemary was very visibly upset at the news of the Tate murders on Cielo Drive that occured less than 24 hours before. Rosemary was also heard in the previous weeks to comment that things were amiss in her house (i.e., the dog left outside when they were kept inside, the door was left unlocked, etc.) The La Bianca's were discovered by Rosemary's children who were concerned that no one was answering the phone.

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  • Added: 28 Aug 1998
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rosemary La Bianca (15 Dec 1930–10 Aug 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3509, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.