“I’m the devil and I’m here to do the devil’s business.”
Charles Denton Watson, also known as Tex Watson, is a former member of the Manson family. Tex Watson was born in Dallas, Texas on December 2, 1945, and grew up in Copeville and attended the Copeville Methodist Church. Watson was a honor student in high school and he played in the high school football team.
In 1964, Watson went to the North Texas State University. During this period Watson was more interested in girls and booze and began smoking marijuana and started experimenting with other drugs.
During his senior year he went to California to visit a frat brother. Watson enjoyed California and decided to move out west permanently.
One day Watson picked up hitchhiking beach boy Dennis Wilson. Wilson invited Watson to his home on Sunset Boulevard. Manson and his family were regular visitors of Wilson and it was at Wilson’s house that Watson met Manson. After meeting Manson a couple of times Watson decided to join The Family.
Murder and Conviction
The next night, Watson traveled to Los Feliz, Los Angeles, and participated in the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. Watson was also involved in the murder of Donald Shorty Shea.
Watson was found guilty of murder and imprisoned in 1971. Watson received the death penalty but the sentence was later converted to life in prison.
While in prison Watson befriended Suzan LaBerge, the daughter of murder victim Rosemary LaBianca. LaBerge visits and writes to Watson regularly and even advocated for his release (see video above).
History Repeats Itself
In 2020, Suzan LaBerge’s daughter, Ariana Wolk, was found murdered in her bed. She was lying in a pool of blood and had been repeatedly stabbed in the neck.