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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc. (June 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628380284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628380286
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patrick King on May 18, 2014
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Willie Mendez is the real deal. Clearly a sociopath Mendez describes in graphic detail how he stabbed and assaulted a pedophile who had the bad luck to get Mendez for a cellmate. That was how he was sent to Corcoran State Prison one cell away from Charles Manson.

Since 1970 I've read every book published about Charles Manson from the early 5 to Die to Jeff Guinn's abysmal best seller. Not even Manson's own autobiography answers all the questions. Willie Mendez's book comes closer to a portrait of "the most dangerous man alive" than any other book I've yet read.

Nikolas Schreck and Marlin Marynick have both written valuable books about Manson, but both of these writers sought him out and encountered him in artificial circumstances. Their view of him is through a filter. Mendez did not ask to be housed next to Manson. He came to know Manson in a natural way. Manson opened up to him and what comes forth is both a frightening and stunning portrait of a horribly abused and neglected boy who grew up to be accused, I would say with no credible evidence against him, of one of the most horrific crimes in American history. Charles Manson may be guilty but NOT as charged.

There are here amazing revelations. Mendez offers information not in any other book about Manson. Manson's exposure to his mother's work as a prostitute is glossed over in every other book. As to the crazy antics, I did not find myself laughing a lot as I read this book. Charles Manson has been driven mad by a system that first offered him no options to crime but starvation then when he became a criminal offered no rehabilitation. Manson is not a genius but he is talented and far from stupid. He could have achieved a worthwhile life.
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I have to confess I did not think I could get through reading this book. I find Charles Manson and his followers very scary. However, as I read the book, I found myself not scared but fascinated about the prison system, the degrees they take to keep us safe. Captivated by the talk and sharing from this man behind bars with no way of getting free to do any more harm. You really felt you were sitting in a cell right next to the two men talking and over hearing their talk. I think you will find this a fascinating account of how prisoners are able to communicate and enlightening to the prison system if you are not at all familiar with it like me.
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It is a clear look into what seems to be a complex, simple, organized culture behind bars. Not without its leaders either....Manson. I was tired after trying to digest this guy. Nice job to both Mark and Willie! The two of you did your job well to enlighten the reader so all are able to make there own conclusions on Manson's state of mind and ability to manipulate his surroundindings.
All my life the thought and talk of Manson has always been exhausting. Here you see why.
I would recomend this book to anyone who is curious why Manson has made so much noise.
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book written by a prison inmate/friend of Charles Manson. It is a very in depth look at life behind bars as well as the story of the man who became his friend. I found it a fast read and very interesting. In some respects he made Charles Manson look more human, but I really don't want to go there. After reading this you will see how Manson is good at getting people to believe and trust him. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about Charles Manson and life behind bars.
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I accidentally purchased this book but did read about 3/4's of it before I decided to return it. I did think, from what I did read, that the effort on behalf of this author was a real good and noble one.

The author, an inmate at Corcoran, who was assigned a cell right next to Manson's in 2003 developed a respectful relationship with Manson and decided to earn a profit from it. The author seemed to do this with the approval of Manson. The book is just not quite that accurate ( for instance, the author wrote that Manson was from Virginia, not West Virginia) and because of this obvious mistake, it is hard to say what other facts may have been misunderstood. However, it is concerning that the author's co-author would not pick-up on this mistake and make the appropriate corrections before publication. Of course, I may have it all wrong and f so I stand corrected and apologize.

I wish the author success, but at the same time urge that he correct his mistakes so as to gain more general and overall credibility. If he didn't get Manson's early history correct (Virginia/West Virginia roots), one cannot put too much faith that what Manson newly revealed to him about the California murders was any more accurate.

It's certainly a new and interesting take on Manson in lock-up with emphasis on his environmental concerns and AWTA.
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By Shepman on February 24, 2015
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A great "little" book. Give a good profile of Manson as an older inmate. The guy is slightly different than you'd imagine him. Slightly nuts with talents in other areas than just his music and ranting.
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