was March 1978, one year before the marriage of Tex to Kristin, one year before thestart of the Abounding Love Ministries, and just after meeting Chaplain Ray. The storywas related by a prison inmate who gained the confidence of Watson and spentcountless hours listening to the ramblings of the serial killer. These conversations wereconducted in the privacy of the prison cells. No lights. No cameras. No actioncommands. It was just Tex at his best, braggadocios, proud, fearless and bad.The magazine was published by Globe Communications under the name
. I have informed the present day Globe organizationof my obtaining this magazine which is now out of print. I have spoken to aneditor/publisher but he does not know anything about the archived edition. I publish ithere for the historical value of the material and the insight that may be gained as we cansee the present day actions of Tex in an almost prophet kind of way.
"I was housed in quad D and first saw Charles "Tex" Watson a week after I arrived there.Mike, an inmate who had been there for several months, filled me in on the inhabitants. Onour floor alone there were forty-one murderers, twenty rapists and ten child molesters."-Inmate Charles Starkey "See that guy over there, the one watering the flowers?" Mike would say. "He chopped uphis family and put them in the deep freeze. And the guy who just left was busted for collecting." "Collecting what?" I asked."Redheads.""What's wrong with that?""Just the heads, man, just the heads!""Yet, despite this constant meeting with murderers and rapists, my knees got weak and Ifelt a chill envelop me when I first saw Watson. It was, appropriately enough, at the chapel.Mike told me there were some nice women at the Colony who visit church services so wedecided to go.""When we arrived at the Protestant chapel, I noticed one inmate giving orders to the rest.He turned to talk to the guest and they hung on every word he said. But it was when hetook over the service that he showed his ability to control and captivate. All he did wasraise his hands and a hush fell on the chapel.""All right brothers," he called out, "Let's show our guest just how much spirit the Christianshere can show." "He turned towards the alter and asked that all join in a few moments of silent prayer. Then he prayed aloud. It was a very moving prayer. He reached under the podium and took out a tambourine, saying 'Now let's praise the Lord with song'. He hit thetambourine against his thigh in time with the music. The chapel was filled with Christiangood spirit. After Mike and I left, he kept muttering about how hypocritical those guys inthe chapel were-what with half of them in for child molestation or rape or murder. Whowas that guy leading the services, I asked.He looked really startled: You don't know who that guy is?
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