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Will You Die For Me? The Man Who Killed For Charles Manson Tells His Own Story Hardcover – 1978

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  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company; 1st edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800709128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800709129
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By D.L. on December 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't expecting much when I picked up Charles "Tex" Watson's book Will You Die for Me, but I have to say that it turned out to be a fascinating read. In the book, Watson traces his life from an average college student to a murderous cult member - but what makes the book unique is his unflinching candor.

Watson explains what was going through his mind while he was living in the cult and having these murderous psychotic episodes. The book is written in such a down-to-earth tone that is hard to believe that the author actually did these things - but he did, and there are no scapegoats, not even Mason, Watson takes responsibility for his actions. It is chilling to think that a man capable of being this introspective and articulate, can also be capable of killing strangers on a whim.

It is a very good and quick read... and for those interested in the Manson Family crimes, it is a must have.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By E. Teague on July 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Put together in a comprehensive manner with a little more insight than an outsider could have. Though I'm left with the feeling that some parts are still missing. Specifically when he recalls his feelings about the murders at the time. He does say at the time he did not feel anything actually. Maybe it's more of what he felt later as he recalled the event. He describes flashes of color & movement to describe the killings. Is that it? I felt like that was glossed over. Not that I wanted gory detail, NO, but I guess there has to be more going on in the person's head (if only later upon reflection) than the short description of how they remember it. But other parts of HIS ordeal are described in detail and how he felt when things happened to him. You have to hear how after he was arrested & extradited to LA he was given a light blanket & was cold in his cell & he was roughed up & punched & forced to eat meat. OK. He obviously has no responsibility for how HE got to jail! Are you kidding me? I'm then picturing Sharon trying to tell us how it felt for her to be butchered & dying. What did she feel? What did they all feel? Who gives a damn if he was cold in his cell. There seemed to be a disconnect there. It's a common trait with murderers to only relate to their own pain. I took away from the book that he was prior to murdering, a person who needed to satisfy his own needs & became bored quickly if he wasn't being satisfied. Yes he admits his guilt but again he has to -to find his what he needs in religion. It is better than Charlie Manson's state of mind in prison, still evil incarnate. In all honesty Tex Watson really cannot win. We all know what he did & it is what it is. Even though Watson says the right words it still feels wrong. Something is not right with him.Read more ›
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Lowe on August 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got this book when first released and have read it several times. Mr. Watson would have us believe he has been redeemed and forgiven for his killing spree. Manso has been classified as the most dangerous man alive but in my opinion Watson is right up there with him. His telling of his life in a small Texas town to college student to wig salesman to drug dealer to murderer reads to easily. Like Ms. Atkins I find Watson a total hypocrite and just looking to be the center of attention. And then to be allowed to have 4 children which the State of California supported financially is just too much. So much for a man who considers himself forgiven and ready to leave prison. Right. And to have the nerve to want to write and meet with Doris Tate before her untimely death...such arrogance. Mr. Watson knew what he was doing the nights he murdered the Tate victime and the LaBianca victims. He neglects to add he helped kill Shorty Shea and who knows who else. He offes it for free on his website. If you must have it get it for free.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By James J. Varela on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I honestly cannot be sure if Watson is remorseful or not. Given what he has done if he were truly remorseful he would be suicidal. This book gets at least three stars for setting the historical record straight on what happened to Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Steven Parent, Abigail Folger & Wojciech Frykowski as well as Rosemary & Leno LaBianca and Gary Hinman. Charles Manson, Steve Grogan and Bruce Davis were convicted of ranchhand Shorty Shea's murder but over a dozen witnesses have gone on record to implicate Watson as one of Shea's killers.
The main reason the crime is still remembered after 40 years was it was so senseless. If Manson wanted a record deal Sharon Tate would have picked up a phone and gotten him one. If the killers wanted money she would have given them her last dime. The hero of the night was hair stylist Jay Sebring who lost his life trying to shield Sharon from Watson. It is a crime he was able to marry and father children while in prison until lobbying by Sharon Tate's parents conjugal visits for imprisoned individuals convicted of murder were banned. Watson deserves some credit for his work inside prison BUT In the past decade Watson and his X wife Kristin have twice been investigated by the California attorney general, for committing Medi-Cal fraud to finance their children's births and for using funds from their nonprofit organization, Abounding Love Ministries, for personal use. This book can be read free of charge on his web site called aboundinglove dot org.
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