Charles "Tex" Watson
Manson family member, convicted murderer
Charles "Tex" Watson
Charles Denton Watson is a convicted American murderer and former member of the Manson Family from Copeville, Texas. In 1971, he was convicted of the murders of Sharon Tate, Steven Parent, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and Jay Sebring, which took place in the early hours of August 9, 1969, in the Tate residence in Benedict Canyon, and the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca at the LaBianca residence in Los Feliz the following night.
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Parole denied for convicted Manson follower Charles 'Tex' Watson
Chicago Times - 4 months
A California review board denied parole Thursday to Charles “Tex” Watson, the self-described right-hand man of Charles Manson and a key figure in the Manson family’s 1969 killing spree in the Los Angeles area. Watson, 70, was initially sentenced to die in San Quentin’s gas chamber for his part...
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LAPD Analyzes Tapes Of Charles Manson Disciple Charles 'Tex' Watson
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police have obtained the decades-old taped conversations between a Manson family disciple and his attorney, officials confirmed Thursday. Detective David Holmes said the department has had the tapes for a couple of weeks and Robbery-Homicide Division and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office are analyzing them. Read More... More on Serial Killers
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Judge orders Manson Family tapes handed over to Los Angeles police - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal judge has ordered taped conversations between Manson Family killer Charles "Tex" Watson and his now-deceased defense lawyer turned over to Los Angeles police, who are investigating the cult's possible involvement in old, unsolved murders.
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Joey Lawrence's Surprising New TV Gig
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Whoa! Joey Lawrence has a new gig: co-hosting "Splash," ABC's new diving reality series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR reports that ESPN SportsNation host Charissa Thompson will join Lawrence at the helm of "Splash," which premieres on Tuesday, March 19. Greg Louganis will train the "Splash" cast, which includes Louie Anderson, Drake Bell, Chuy Bravo, Nicole Eggert, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Ndamukong Suh, Katherine Webb, Kendra Wilkinson, Rory Bushfield and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. David Boudia and Steve Foley will judge ABC's upcoming series. In more casting news ... Hope Davis is heading to "Law & Order: SVU." The actress will appear in the April 24 installment about violent youth as Viola Mesner, mother to Henry (Ethan Cutkosky), who is "wired wrong." [THR] Brenda and Jax are retuning to "General Hospital." Vanessa Marcil and Ingo Rademacher will reprise their iconic roles in honor of the ABC soap's 50th anniversary. [EW] "The Killing" beefs up i ...
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Calif. governor to rule on ex-Manson follower
Fox News - almost 4 years
California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to decide Friday whether a former Charles Manson follower will be released on parole after serving more than 40 years in prison. Bruce Davis would be only the second Manson related murder defendant to be granted parole since Manson's murder spree began in 1969. He was not involved in the notorious Sharon Tate-LaBianca killings but was convicted with Manson and others in the murders of a musician and a stuntman. Steve Grogan, another participant in those murders, was released many years ago after he agreed to lead police to where the bodies were buried on a remote movie ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Davis was 30 when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1972, in the case that was a postscript to Manson's notorious reign as leader of the murderous communal cult known as the Manson family. Davis long maintained that he was a bystander in the killings of the two men, but ...
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Lawyer reportedly claims in decades-old tape Charles Manson may have murdered more
Fox News - about 4 years
A attorney for one of the members of the notorious Manson family said decades ago the group's leader Charles Manson committed more murders, according to a report. reports Bill Boyd, who represented Manson family member and convicted murderer Charles "Tex" Watson, said Watson told him Manson had committed other murders besides the 1969 killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.  "He told me about a bunch of other people Manson had killed," Boyd said of Watson. Boyd reportedly made the comments in an interview with an author about the murders, and  recently received an audiotape of the interview.  Boyd also says on the tape Watson did not implicate himself, saying the murders Watson allegedly spoke of were unrelated to the ones Watson was involved in. Boyd, who died in 2009, said he had over 20 hours of recordings of interviews with Watson. reports the LAPD is now seeking to get the tapes, which are tied up in Texas bankruptcy court ...
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Life Products Company to be Featured in Upcoming Episode of American Farmer, Produced by DMG Productions
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Exploring developments in probiotics for livestock and poultry.Norfolk, NE (PRWEB) January 03, 2013 Life Products announced today that they will be featured in an upcoming episode of American Farmer.Life Products, founded in 1971 by Charles Watson is a world-leading supplier of probiotics for livestock and poultry, and is dedicated to helping improve animal health and reduce stress. Life Products stands by their goal to help milk and livestock producers attain the highest level of production at the lowest possible cost. ...
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Sandy's could cost economy $20 billion
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Sandy's could cost economy $20 billion Superstorm Sandy's economic toll is poised to exceed $20 billion after the biggest Atlantic storm slammed into the Eastern United States, damaging homes and offices and flooding subways in America's most populated city. The total would include insured losses of about $7 billion to $8 billion, said Charles Watson, research and development director at Kinetic Analysis Corp., a hazard-research company. Flooding, high winds and fallen trees cut power to about 8 million customers from South Carolina to Maine, and travelers were stranded as U.S. airlines grounded about 16,500 flights. Sandy ultimately may subtract 0.1 to 0.2 percentage points from U.S. gross domestic product in the fourth quarter as spending drops on services such as restaurant meals, according to Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities. Consumers who can't shop in stores because of storm closings may shift to online spending, according to Gil ...
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Judge stops LAPD warrant for Manson follower tapes
Fox News - over 4 years
A federal judge in Texas has blocked an attempt by the Los Angeles Police Department to use a search warrant to obtain decades-old tapes of conversations between a Manson family disciple and his attorney that police believe could help clear up more than a dozen unsolved murders. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell's ruling stopped authorities from executing a search warrant earlier this month for the office of the bankruptcy trustee who has eight cassette tapes containing hours of conversations between Charles "Tex" Watson and attorney Bill Boyd. Schell criticized the LAPD for what the judge called an apparent attempt to circumvent a court order making the tapes off limits until Watson's appeal of a previous ruling in bankruptcy court can be heard. "This court understands and respects the desire of the LAPD to seek access to the 42-year-old tapes," Schell wrote in an Oct. 5 ruling. "However, the LAPD has provided no explanation as to why this court should shortcut the usual ...
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Darnell L. Moore: Tongues Untied: On Love And Violence In LGBTQ Relationships
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Darnell: Wade, we recently watched a segment of The CW's increasingly popular The LA Complex where rapper Kaldrick King (played by Andra Fuller) brutally beat a man, Tariq (played by Benjamin Charles Watson), whom he worked with and was intimately involved with. You mentioned that it was hard for you to watch that scene. Why? Wade: It is difficult for me to watch violence occur within relationships, and particularly within LGBT relationships. There are so many negative preconceived notions about LGBT relationships, especially the way masculine-presenting closeted gay men treat their partners. It makes me sick to think that we are constantly recreating stereotypes instead of cultivating new images of gay men, especially black gay men. And the whole idea of this man being a closeted gay rapper keeps the "down low" myth and conversation going instead of offering alternatives and showing the variance that exists in the lives of black gay men. How did you feel when you wat ...
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California panel recommends parole for Charles Manson follower
Fox News - over 4 years
A former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years in a double murder engineered by Manson won a recommendation of parole Thursday in his 27th appearance before a parole board panel. Bruce Davis, convicted with Manson and another man in the killings of a musician and a stuntman, was not involved in the infamous Sharon Tate murders in 1969. The answer to his plea for freedom came on the eve of his 70th birthday. He was a young man of 30 when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1972 in a case that was a postscript to Manson's notorious reign as leader of the murderous communal cult known as the Manson family. Davis long maintained he was a bystander in the killings of the two men, but in recent years he acknowledged his shared responsibility because he was present. The hearing was held at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo, where Davis is imprisoned. His release was opposed by a Los Angeles prosecutor and by a former Manson family member, Barbara Hoyt, ...
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Manson family member says LAPD should listen to audio tapes but not take possession of them
Fox News - over 4 years
A Manson family member whose recorded conversations with his late attorney are part of a Texas bankruptcy proceeding says Los Angeles police should be allowed to listen to the tapes but not take possession of them. Charles "Tex" Watson wrote in a motion filed last week that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brenda T. Rhoades should reconsider her ruling allowing the LAPD to obtain the eight cassette tapes. The tapes made four decades ago are of conversations between Watson and attorney Bill Boyd, whose firm is now in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Giving the tapes to the LAPD outright could result in media gaining access, and that would create "a public dishonor" to those "emotionally attached" to the Manson murders, Watson wrote. He prepared the motion from the California prison where he is serving a life sentence for his role in the 1969 killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others. "I understand these are the consequences of my crime, but there should be no ...
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L.A. Now Live: Discuss new audio tapes in Charles Manson case
LATimes - over 4 years
Los Angeles Times reporters Richard Winton and Hector Becerra will join City Editor Shelby Grad for a discussion about newly-released audio recordings that may help shed light on other slayings possibly committed by Charles Manson and his followers. The chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday. Eight cassette tapes containing hours of conversations between one of Manson's most fervent followers and his late attorney will be released to the Los Angeles Police Department for review. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Texas granted the request last week, and authorities are hoping the tapes of Charles "Tex" Watson will hold new clues that could shed more light on Manson murders. Detectives believe Watson may have discussed "additional unsolved murders committed by followers of Charles Manson," according to a letter sent to the U.S. Justice Department by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
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Texas judge to rule on LAPD request for recordings between Manson family member and attorney
Fox News - over 4 years
A Texas judge is due to decide Tuesday whether eight hours of audio recordings of conversations between a Manson family member and his attorney should be given to Los Angeles police. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brenda T. Rhoades of Plano will consider a motion seeking to honor the LAPD's request to obtain the recordings of Charles "Tex" Watson talking to Bill Boyd, a now-deceased Texas attorney who once represented Watson. A law firm in McKinney where Boyd once worked has the tapes, and a trustee in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding involving the firm has asked the judge to grant the legal authority to give police the recordings. Boyd died in 2009. Watson is serving a life sentence for his role in the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. In a March 19 letter, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said the LAPD wanted the recordings of Watson and his lawyer because police had information that Watson discussed additional killings by Manson fo ...
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Tapes could hold clues to more Manson Family murders
Calgary Sun - almost 5 years
Los Angeles police detectives are seeking to review old audio tapes of conversations between Manson Family member Charles "Tex" Watson and his former lawyer, hoping they will shed light on any additional murders the cult may have committed.
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Mich. GOP elects controversial lawmaker to RNC
The American Independent - almost 5 years
LANSING — Michigan Republicans ousted long-standing National Committeemen Saul Anuzis this weekend, instead opting for a right-wing state lawmaker who has sparked controversy on numerous issues, including his attempts to eliminate funding for HIV programs. State Rep. Dave Agema (R-Grandville) bested former Michigan GOP Chair Anuzis in what Agema’s Tea Party supporters called a “landslide.” Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land ousted Holly Hughes, one of Michigan’s other two national committee members. Agema has rattled the state with a legislative battles to eliminate domestic partner benefits for all public employees, which he insisted ran contrary to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The partner benefits battle pitted him against Gov. Rick Snyder when the Snyder administration rejected a budget rider last year that would have eliminated domestic partner benefits specifically for university employees. The Snyder administration said that proposal was unconstitutio ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles "Tex" Watson
  • 2012
    Age 66
    In 2012, Watson disputed a request to release recordings of conversations between himself and his attorney.
    More Details Hide Details The recordings became part of a bankruptcy proceeding involving the deceased attorney's law firm. Members of the Los Angeles Police Department believed the recordings might contain clues about unsolved murder cases involving the Manson family. Watson asked the presiding judge to allow police to listen to the tapes but not take possession of them.
  • 1979
    Age 33
    In 1979, he married Kristin Joan Svege. Through conjugal visits they were able to have four children, but those visits for life prisoners were banned in October 1996. After 24 years of marriage, Kristin divorced Charles after meeting another man in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Kristin and Charles remain friends as parents of their children.
  • 1978
    Age 32
    Will You Die For Me?, Watson's autobiography, as told to "Chaplain Ray" (Ray Hoekstra), was published in 1978.
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    The Man Who Killed For Charles Manson in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Charles grew up in Copeville, Texas, working summers at an onion packing plant in Farmersville to pay for college. He attended college for three years at University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. It was at this point that Charles says he lost interest in college. During his junior year in college, he worked as a baggage handler for Braniff International Airways, which afforded him travel opportunities. After visiting a college friend who had moved to California, he decided to move there. He briefly attended college, but soon dropped out and opened his own wig shop called Love Locs, which quickly failed. One night, Charles says he picked up Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys who was hitchhiking, and was invited back to Wilson's home on Sunset, where he met Charles Manson.
  • 1975
    Age 29
    Watson claims he became a born-again Christian in 1975 and through non-incarcerated friends operates
    More Details Hide Details He has written about his role in the murders, stating that he believes that God has forgiven him.
  • 1972
    Age 26
    He escaped execution when the California Supreme Court's People v. Anderson decision resulted in the invalidation of all death sentences imposed in California prior to 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Watson was found guilty of the murders of seven persons, and his seven counts were run concurrent. His minimum eligible parole date was November 26, 1976, but he has not ever been found suitable. Having been denied parole 14 times, Watson remains incarcerated in Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. His last hearing was in November 2011. He received a maximum five-year denial. His next scheduled parole hearing is in November 2016.
  • 1971
    Age 25
    On October 21, 1971, Watson was sentenced to death.
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    On October 12, 1971, Watson was convicted of seven counts of first degree murder and one count conspiracy to commit murder.
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    He stayed there until February 1971, when he was deemed able to stand trial.
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  • 1969
    Age 23
    On November 30, 1969, Watson was arrested in Texas for the Tate-LaBianca murders.
    More Details Hide Details He and his lawyers fought the extradition back to California for nine months. Upon returning to California, Watson began regressing to a catatonic state. He stopped talking and eating, dropping 55 pounds. He was admitted to Atascadero State Hospital for a 90-day observation period to determine if he was able to stand trial.
    On October 2, 1969, Watson fled the ranch and headed back to his home state of Texas.
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    On the night of August 10, 1969, Manson drove Leslie Van Houten, Watson, Krenwinkel, Atkins, Steve Grogan, and Linda Kasabian to an address in Los Feliz, the home of Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.
    More Details Hide Details Manson entered the house with Watson and handed him leather ties for tying up Leno's hands. Manson left the house, instructing Krenwinkel and Van Houten to go inside and join Watson, who asked the girls if Manson said to kill them. They responded by saying, "Yes." Krenwinkel and Van Houten found Rosemary LaBianca in a bedroom, to which she had retired while her husband had fallen asleep while reading in the living room. Van Houten put a pillowcase over Rosemary LaBianca's head, and Krenwinkel tied the electrical cord from a lamp around her neck. In the living room, Watson began stabbing Leno. Van Houten then held LaBianca down while Krenwinkel tried to stab her in the chest, but the blade bent on LaBianca's collar bone. Van Houten called for assistance from Watson, who entered the bedroom and took charge. Watson then stabbed Rosemary LaBianca several times, found Van Houten, handed her the knife, and told her to "do something". Van Houten proceeded to stab Rosemary 16 times in the lower torso. The autopsy showed that several of the wounds had been inflicted post-mortem.
    He instructed Watson to go to 10050 Cielo Drive on the evening of August 8, 1969, and kill everyone inside the home.
    More Details Hide Details Manson ordered the girls to write on the walls. "Remember to leave a sign," he told the girls, "something witchy." Watson also was responsible for carrying along and using the bolt cutters, the rope and the .22 caliber Buntline pistol that were used in the murders. Watson alone shot Steven Parent, Jay Sebring and Voytek Frykowski, as well as stabbing the latter two over four dozen times.
    In Susan Atkins's grand jury testimony, she stated that on the night of August 8, 1969, while in the car, Watson told the group they were going to a home to get money from the people who lived there and to kill them.
    More Details Hide Details Susan Atkins held the eight and a half months pregnant Sharon Tate while Watson stabbed her to death, with Atkins also participating. Manson put Watson in charge of the accomplices in the murders, Linda Kasabian, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel.
    On August 8, 1969, Manson announced, "now is the time for Helter Skelter", a term taken from a Beatles song that Manson believed (or convinced his associates that he believed) meant a revolution prophesied in the Book of Revelation via a race war between blacks and whites.
    More Details Hide Details That along with the desire to strike back at the society that had jailed several Family members and possibly create copy-cat crimes that would exonerate Family associate Bobby Beausoleil (arrested in connection with the murder of Gary Hinman), seemed to propel the events of the next two nights.
  • 1945
    Born on December 2, 1945.
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