"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.