This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Tex Watson, is an American murderer who was a central member of the “Manson family” led by Charles Manson. Watson was born in Farmersville, Texas, on December 2, 1945, and grew up in nearby Copeville. He was the youngest of three children. In January 1967 Watson began working at Braniff International as a baggage handler. Watson, who had been to the 10050 Cielo Drive address on at least one previous occasion, climbed a telephone pole near the security gate and cut the house phone line.
The entire Manson group then climbed over the fence. After pushing Parent’s car further up the driveway and traversing the front lawn, Watson cut the screen of a window and let Atkins and Krenwinkel in through the front door. Upon Watson’s direction, Atkins found the house’s three other occupants, and with Krenwinkel, brought them to the living room. Watson tied Tate and Sebring together at the neck with rope and slung it up over a beam. Manson Family” members, Leslie Van Houten, Steve “Clem” Grogan and the four from the previous night into Los Angeles. On October 2, 1969, Watson fled the Spahn Ranch and headed back to his native state of Texas. He and his lawyers fought extradition to California for nine months. Upon arriving in California, Watson stopped talking and eating, losing 55 pounds, and began regressing to a catatonic state.
On October 12, 1971, Watson was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. A week later, the same jury took only two and a half hours to determine that Watson was sane. On October 21, 1971, Watson was sentenced to death. He arrived on California’s death row on November 17, 1971. He escaped execution when the California Supreme Court’s People v. According to his prisoner outreach web site, Watson converted to Christianity in 1975. In 1979, he married Kristin Joan Svege. Citizens for Truth, submitted some 80,000 petition signatures and several thousand letters opposing Watson’s parole. The group received support from Doris Tate, the mother of victim Sharon Tate.
The group was asking the California Board of Prison Terms to deny parole for Watson. In later years the group, along with Doris Tate, and her daughters, Patricia and Debra, submitted petitions with more than two million signatures. In 2012, Watson disputed a request to release recordings of conversations with his attorney. The recordings became part of a bankruptcy proceeding involving the deceased attorney’s law firm. 17 times since then, including two stipulations. He was most recently given a five-year denial of parole at a board hearing on October 27, 2016. He remains incarcerated at Richard J. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders. Parole Hearing: Charles Manson 2012 – Cielodrive.
Charles “Tex” Watson 1978 Parole Hearing Transcript – Cielodrive. Aging Manson ‘Family’ members long for freedom. Library of Congress catalog record on Will you die for me? Attorney May Try Subpoena To Pry Open Recording by Convict Who Killed for Charles Manson”. Parole denied for convicted Manson follower Charles ‘Tex’ Watson”. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Charles Manson and the Manson Family”.
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