Will You Die For Me?
Tex Watson was once ready to die for Charles Mason. He had felt nothing but the desire to please Charlie — even if it meant murdering seven people.
Will You Die For Me provides and inside view of the Manson madness through the executioner. But Watson’s story does not even there. His story does beyond “Helter Skelter” and death to a new life in Christ. Tex Watson’s final release from his terrigying past stands as a universal source of hope, pointing the way to a new life of joy and peace.
Charles “Tex” Watson
Charles was born in 1945, at the Florence Nightingale Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in Copeville, 35 miles north of Dallas. He left North Texas University, where he was a student, for California in 1967, believing that out west promised satisfaction through drugs, sex and rock ‘n roll.
In California, he enrolled in college and secured a job, but soon dropped out in exchange for the fast life. He met Manson and ended up becoming a member of the “Manson Family”. He was part of this group for a year. Manson offered utopia, but in reality, he had destructive beliefs, which Charles ended up believing in and acting upon. His participation in the 1969 Manson murders is a part of history that he deeply regrets.
For participation in these crimes, he received a death sentence, which was overturned in 1972. Charles remained imprisoned with a life sentence and three years later, Christ came into his heart and called him into the ministry. He began ministry training and co-authored the book Will You Die For me? in 1978. This book has touched thousands of prisoners spiritually. He founded the original Abounding Love Ministries in 1980, and became an ordained minister in 1983. He has spent all these years ministering to prisoners and to others around the world.
Charles lives peacefully in prison. He is a man of character, who shines brightly in a dark place. His identity has shifted from that of a murderer to a child of God. He no longer allows his crime to identify who he is. He sees himself as God sees him — a new creation in Christ.
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Will You Die For Me? – Charles “Tex” Watson