Charles Manson - The True Story
Cast of Characters: Abigail Folger   Bobby Beausoleil   Bruce Davis   Charles Manson   Danny Decarlo   Dennis Wilson   Gary Hinman   Jay Sebring   Judge Older   The Labianca's   Leslie VanHouten   Linda Kasabian   Mary Brunner   Patricia Krenwinkel   Paul Watkins   Roman Polanski   Sandra Good   Sharon Tate   Shorty Shea   Steve Grogan   Steven Parent   Susan Atkins   Terry Melcher   Tex Watson   Virginia Graham   Vincent Bugliosi   William Garretson   Wojciech Frykowski  
Charles Manson Murders; Helter Skelter
 
 

Charles TEX Watson... (Convicted)

(aka Tex, Charles Tex Watson, Charles Denton "Tex" Watson)

(aka Tex, Charles Tex Watson, Charles Denton "Tex" Watson) Charles Tex Watson was born December 2, 1945 in Dallas, Texas. Watson was convicted of seven counts of first degree murder and one count conspiracy to commit murder.

Charles Tex Watson was born December 2, 1945 in Dallas, Texas. Watson was an "A" student in high school. He held the state record in the low hurdles. According to his uncle, Watson's problems started when he began taking drugs in college. In 1966, he dropped out of college and the next year he was in California, using and dealing drugs. One of Charles Watson's former neighbors in Collin County, Texas described him as "the boy next door."

Charles Watson Phycological Evaluations and Reports (PDF)

Watson joined the "Family" in 1967, and soon became Manson's right-hand man. Family member Al Springer told police that "Charlie and Tex are the brains out there" on the ranch. Springer described Watson as "just like a college student." He said Watson "kept his mouth shut" and enjoyed working on dune buggies.

Watson was an A student in a high school Charles Tex Watson was born December 2, 1945 in Dallas, Texas. Watson was an A student in a high school. He held the state record in the low hurdles.

In August 1969, Watson became the principal killer in the Tate-LaBianca murders. Announcing his arrival at the Tate residence, Watson said:

"I am the Devil and I'm here to do the Devil's business." - Charles Watson

He shot Steven Parent and Jay Sebring, and stabbed to death Voytek Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Sharon Tate, and Leno LaBianca. After the Tate murders, Watson told Manson:

"Boy, it sure was helter skelter." - Charles Watson

Merciless and Brutal Charles Tex Watson has been said to have been like an absolute killing machine on those two nights. Merciless and brutal.

Watson returned to McKinney, Texas after the Tate-LaBianca murders. He was arrested in Texas on November 30, 1969, after local police were notified by California investigators that his fingerprints were found to match a print found on the front door of the Tate home.

Watson fought extradition to California long enough that he was not included among the three defendants tried with Manson. Instead, Watson went on trial separately in August 1971. His defense attorneys produced eight psychiatrists to prove the glassy-eyed Watson was insane at the time of the murders--or at least suffered from severely diminished capacity. On the witness stand, Watson tried to portray himself as Manson's unthinking slave. (He also testified that the victims at the Tate residence were "running around like chickens with their heads cut off.") The jury convicted Watson of first-degree murder.

Will You Die For Me? Charles Tex Watson has been said to have been like an absolute killing machine on those two nights. Merciless and brutal.

On October 12, 1971, Watson was convicted of seven counts of first degree murder and one count conspiracy to commit murder. Watson's last parole hearing was in November 2011 which was his 14th denial for parole although received just a five-year denial. His next scheduled parole hearing is in November 2016.

Watson resides at the Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, has renounced Manson and expressed "deepest remorse" to his "many victims." In 1975, Watson became a born-again Christian and in 1978 1978 he co-wrote a book, Will You Die For Me?

In 1983, Watson became an ordained minister, and founded his own prison ministry, Abounding Love Ministries. He married a Norwegian wife and has three children.

 

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