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My Life with Charles Manson Mass Market Paperback – Import, 1979

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
great read 1 Mar. 2004
By JeriLynn - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this book interesting. Watkins tells the story from his perspective and gives a clear picture of how life within the family slowly changed from a peaceful existance into a paranoid,delusional band of killers. One of the best books on Manson and his ability to influence other minds. Not just his "followers", he conned many influential business people as well.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
bookaholic 7 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a gritty, honest look at people who have been glorified in the media. Watkins' book is an honest look at himself & others while focusing on the philosophy behind the cult rather than focusing on the murders,which he was not a part of. Watkins is honest to a fault about himself & others. The 60's were a time
of great upheaval and awakening & this book reflects this. Great read!!! Warns parents & kids alike about following a guru.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Flowers in Your Hair 15 Mar. 2013
By BrokenArrow - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Little Paul" (Watkins) was a decent young man with a musical heart and a searching soul. A California valley boy, he was caught up in the spirit of the 60s' peace, love and happiness movement. His book recounts his life after high school and his search for a more spiritual existence. He made his way up the California coast to Big Sur country and spent some good times in the canyons of that beautiful area. In '68 he met Charles MANSON in Topanga Canyon and is eventually taken in by Charlie's philosophy. He seemed too smart to fall for Charlie's rap but I guess he was young and there were plenty of ready and willing girls, drugs, music and so on. Paul came to honestly believe that Charlie was Jesus Christ. I enjoyed Paul's encounters and conversations with an older prospector in Death Valley. Anyway, this is a good book to help a person understand how Charlie was able to manipulate and brainwash his followers. His point of view is intelligent and honest. Paul "saw the light" and broke away from Manson and he did not get caught up in all the murders. If you want the prosecution and investigation point of view read Helter Skelter, if you want a "spooky" point of view read The Family, if you want an insider's point of view read this book. If you get your hands on this Bantam Book keep it as it could be worth well over a $100. I bought my for a buck years ago.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Paul Croketts story is much better then Charlies. 3 Dec. 2014
By James Czubak - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Best book out there, too bad Little Paul's not around to see it's value.
When Paul Crockett (The Death Valley miner) was asked by Paul Watkins about his collaboration with Charles Manson and it's meaning while at the kitchen table at barker ranch, the educated miner said:

"We live in a electronic universe. Agreements are circuits made up of psychic energy; circuits can blow or short out if your not careful, but the power of agreements extends beyond that. Everything you see around you is a part of it. this table, Barker ranch, my body. What holds all that in place is the force of agreement. You agree it's there and so do I. IN THAT SENSE IT'S A REALITY. IT'S BEEN MADE THAT WAY THROUGH THE MILLENNIA OF TIME. It's a legacy, an agreed upon reality. But there is another reality...An astral reality. Everything is just tiny particles of light being held together by sub-atomic force. You can not put your hand through that wall because you have agreed with yourself that it's solid. But on a higher sub-atomic level you could put your hand through the wall. It is light, and one could penetrate light, light is penetrable. But only in this higher level of reality, which of course is a truer reality. It's because that people have gotten so far away from this truer reality that they find this hard to see. To see this you have to over come the power of agreement of millions of people and thousands of years of agreements". Essentially what Paul Crokett, (Who just died this year at the age of 90) was saying is this; Break your agreements with this Jesus Christ Superstar self appointed leader Charles Manson and you will be a free man. He did just that, and the result is this book. It is by far the best book on the Mansoniods. Get your hands on it and read my friend.
My life with Charles Manson 1 Jun. 2013
By Gloria Paine - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Scary, great information. Great understanding of how life was with Charles Manson. Would recommend adding this to your Charles Manson collection.
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