Ed Sanders, “The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion”

“A part of the group was stoned and were sitting in the middle of the room. They had begun to write a song and had left off the project. Charlie was sitting in the midst of the gathering and the topic was the ever-present project of snuff. Charlie said, “Die,” so all lay down and pretended they were dead. Bo started screaming “Charlie”— and then “Oh-h-h-h-h!” Paul Watkins testified to the following concerning this famous party: “I was listening to Charlie say die.” Watkins testified that he tried to think of a way to die but he couldn’t so when Charlie said, “Die,” Watkins lay down and “acted like I was dead.” Everybody else did and Bo was screaming and Charlie was sitting in the middle of the room moving the fingers, talking about the confusion in the air, how fine it was.”

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