Dennis Wilson

Charles Manson made the newspaper before the infamous Manson murders took place. In this newspaper article [image], Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson talks about Manson and his girls staying at his house.

“I told them about our involvement with the Maharishi and they told me they too had a guru, a guy named Charlie who’d recently come out of jail after 12 years.

His mother was a hooker, his father was a gangster, he’d drifted into crime when I met him I found he had great musical ideas. We’re writing together now. He’s dumb, in some ways, but I accept his approach and have learnt from him.

He taught me a dance. The Inhibition. You have to imagine you’re a frozen man and the ice is thawing out. Start with your fingertips, then all the rest of you, then you extend it to a feeling that the whole universe is thawing out.”

In the late ’60s Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson lived at 14400 Sunset Boulevard. Manson and Wilson had become friends, and Wilson let Manson and his family spend the summer at his house.

In 1968, Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson picked up two hitchhikers, Manson girls Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey, and took them to his home at 14400 Sunset Boulevard. Bailey and Krenwinkel stayed a couple of hours. Wilson told them about his involvement with the Maharishi, and they told him they too had a guru, a guy named Charlie. Wilson had a recording session that night and returned home around 3 a.m.

When he returned home, he was met in his driveway by Charles Manson. Wilson asked “are you going to hurt me?” Manson replied, “Do I look like I’m going to hurt you, brother?” Manson then dropped to his knees and kissed Wilson’s feet. Wilson and Manson became friends, and Manson and his family stayed at Wilson’s house that summer.

Wilson had no complaints, the Manson girls cleaned his house, ran errands and prepared dinner every night. In the evening, the girls fulfilled a different role. They gave Wilson the necessary sexual entertainment, but that caused quite a few problems. Some of the girls had one or more sexually transmitted diseases and Wilson took all the girls to a clinic to be treated. Susan Atkins had problems with her teeth and Wilson paid the dentist bill.

Manson and his family ended up costing Wilson about $100,000, converted to today that’s about $700,000. Most of the money went to car repair bills, clothes, food and penicillin shots. When Wilson finally had enough of Manson and his antics, Wilson simply moved out of his own house. After the infamous Manson murders in the summer of ’69, Wilson said, “I’m the luckiest guy in the world, because I got off only losing my money.”