“Manson’s Right-Hand Man Speaks Out” by Charles “Tex” Watson: A Review

Or Tex Watson Puts His Spin on Helter Skelter

Lori Johnston
5 min readJun 13, 2020

Since reading Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry at the age of eleven, the winding and disturbing story of the Manson crimes has stuck with me. This interest not only led me to read many other true crime books over the years and honed an interest in psychology but also to re-reads of this grandfather of the true crime genre on a regular basis.

If you have read Helter Skelter, you will quickly recognize Charles “Tex” Watson as the personal executioner of seven people on the nights of August 8 and 9, 1969. If you have kept current on the post-sentencing lives of the incarcerated Manson Family members, you will also know that Watson alleges to have become a born-again Christian, started his own ministry while in prison as well as marrying and fathering children. Yes, after butchering an eight-months pregnant woman begging for her life and the life of her child, this individual was allowed to become a father himself.

So why would anyone be interested in reading what this murderer has to say? I can only answer for myself but as a continuing student of abnormal psychology and true crime, I am always willing to open another book on the Tate-LaBianca murders. Oh, and it was free for my Kindle.

So let’s talk about this “book”, or…

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Lori Johnston

Writer, reader, margarita drinker. Currently looking for a “dare to be great” situation.