Linda Deutsch, whose 48-year career at the Associated Press made her a witness to some of the most sensational trials in U.S. history, is ending a career that saw her report Charles Manson’s murder conviction, O.J. Simpson’s acquittal and countless other verdicts involving the famous and the infamous, the AP reports. Deutsch was thrust onto the court beat in 1969 when a rag-tag band of young hippies, influenced by a petty criminal who had reinvented himself as their guru, broke into two upscale Los Angeles homes and killed seven people, including actress Sharon Tate.
Deutsch had been covering trials for 25 years when the public finally put a face with the veteran AP reporter’s byline. After one of America’s most beloved sports stars, O.J. Simpson, was charged with killing his wife and her friend, Judge Lance Ito made her the pool reporter during jury selection. She went on to appear on television every day to summarize what had transpired. Then, after the yearlong trial ended, Simpson tracked her down while she was vacationing and called to give his side of the story. It was the first of many conversations over the next 13 years that would lead to exclusive interviews with the fallen football hero. Deutsch, 71, plans to write a memoir recapping those moments and others in her life.