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

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14 of 14 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.
12 of 12 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.
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.
6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By idonottell - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The price of this book is unreal- you're better off having your library order it for you to borrow- it cost me ten dollars and l finally got to read it. Its very, very detailed, the nights at spahn's ranch and barker's ranch- you get the feeling of actually being there. Paul recalls alot of the experiences which we are all so curious about. what you have to keep in mind is that this is only HIS drug influenced perspective and not necessarily the facts as they were in reality. Paul Watkins wasnt even really close with charlie, he was more on the outskirts of the "family", he certainly wasnt in on everything. He never even had knowledge of the shooting of Crowe! (which makes me understand why Paul himself truly believed that a race war was the motive) Paul believes what he is saying in this book, Im not suggesting he is lying, Im just saying he simply didnt have the information of what was really going on in the core of the group- because he was never in the core of the group. He was just hiding out in paranoia tripping on drugs while charlie had fun scaring them and ranting about race wars etc. The one commenter claims paul was found credible, well, he was found credible by the same people who believe all these ridiculous theories the media and prosecutor pushed to the public about race wars and black magic and revenge for a failed music career. People trying to sensationalize a story into something it wasnt.. The Tate/Labianca murders were done so it would look like whoever killed Gary Hinman was still on the loose, and take the heat off of Bobby so the police would think the killer was still out there and release Bobby. The writing with blood on the walls makes this clear to anyone.
l suggest reading 'manson in his own words', there is a line throughout the book which gives a clearer image of manson. But if u enjoy this distorted maniacal version of Charlie the media has fed you, you probably wont like the other book because it humanizes him, which is why I think people should read it.
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