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My Life with Charles Manson

Watkins, Paul; with Soledad, Guillermo

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ISBN 10: 0553127888 / ISBN 13: 9780553127881
Published by Bantam Books, New York, 1979
Condition: Good Soft cover
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278 Pages June 1979 Edition. tight square book with no marks or stamps. A hint of age-tanning throughout. Light cover edge and corner wear. Quarter inch front cover/spine tear at top.There is a light four inch barely perceptible creasing at top corner area that flows through the first 150 pages that probably resulted from improper storage. Additional scans available on request. From flower-child family to murdering cult, Paul Watkins was there; he lived it. His story goes far beyond Helter Skelter -- Vincent Bugliosi. Once, Charles Manson's #2 man, Paul Watkins, believed in the Family and trusted Manson with his life. That was before the Tate / LaBianca murders, before the bizarre warning signals that He1ter Ske1ter was coming down? In this book, Watkins recalls with chilling, hour-by-hour detail how he came to join the Family and how, from the beginning, they were programmed-by sex, drugs and music-to kill and die for a man who would as easily have cut their throats. He describes the creepy crawly nights: which were rehearsals for murder. And Manson's richly embroidered ceremonial vest which depicted scenes of Family life and was woven partly in human hair. This is a story of violence against body, mind and soul -- perhaps the most shocking story ever told. Charles Manson spent more of his life in prison than he did on the outside, yet he nurtured his family on visions of love. Then came the Beatles' White Album with the song Helter Skelter. His message suddenly changed to bloody holocaust. Susan (Sadie) Denise Atkins, Leslie (Lulu) Van Houten, Patricia (Katie) Krenwinkle, Charles (Tex) Watson, Lynette (Squeaky) Fromm --- Manson's personal girl friend --- and others followed his command blindly, without question. Paul Watkins, Southern California golden boy turned high-school drop-out and Family man, was groomed as Manson's successor. He begged, borrowed and stole for Manson. He endured Manson's ravings and rages. But he refused to be an architect of the ultimate Helter Skelter vision --- even if refusal virtually guaranteed that he would be its first victim. Bookseller Inventory # 11161

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Title: My Life with Charles Manson

Publisher: Bantam Books, New York

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Assumed First Edtion

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