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Im­pris­oned and an or­dained min­is­ter in Ione, Calif.

Wat­son, Manson’s self-de­scribed right-hand man, was sen­tenced to death for his part in the killings, but was later given life in pri­son af­ter the death penalty was over­turned. In pri­son, Wat­son mar­ried, di­vorced and fa­thered four chil­dren and be­came an or­dained min­is­ter.

A web­site for Wat­son’s min­istry, which claims to be writ­ten by Wat­son through let­ters from pri­son, says he be­lieved “Manson of­fered a utopia, but in re­al­ity he had a de­struc­tive world­view which Charles ended up be­liev­ing in and act­ing upon. Wat­son’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 1969 killings is a part of his­tory that he deeply re­grets.” He hasn’t had any dis­ci­plinary ac­tions taken against him since 1973, cor­rec­tions of­fi­cials say.

Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, Wat­son, now 69, works as a jan­i­tor and at­tends Bi­ble stud­ies and ser­vices in the pri­son chapel. He is housed at the Mule Creek Pri­son in Ione, Calif., about 40 miles out­side Sacra­mento.

Wally Fong As­so­ci­ated Press

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