My Life With Charles Manson
Paul Watkins – Manson’s second in-command – offers a detailed account of his life within the family. The book takes the reader straight to Spahn Ranch in time to experience the Magical Mystery Tour, and then on to the preparations for the dreaded “Helter Skelter”. The story eventually builds up to a showdown in Death Valley, where an old miner reclaims the souls of a few Manson followers, including Watkins. The book is currently out of print, and used copies can sell in the hundreds, but the first-hand accounts revealed within the book make it a must read for anyone wanting to catch a glimpse inside life in the Manson family.
Book Description: Once, CharlesManson’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.” Now in My Life With Charles Manson,he 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…My Life With Charles Manson is a story of violence against body,mind and soul – perhaps the most shocking story ever told.
Publisher: Bantam Books (1979)