Monthly View by Charles

June 2023

sinorsalvationHappy Father’s Day! I’m thankful for the memories of fishing and working on my car with my dad. These memories will last a lifetime, but many of you were not as fortunate. Regardless, we have the Heavenly Father to work with and be with throughout all eternity.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1

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Will You Die for Me?

"A fixating story not only because it is a first-person account of the Manson murders by one of its murderers, but because no punches have been pulled..." -West Coast Review of Books

(Partially taken from eight hours of tape recordings with Charles' attorney in 1969; recommended by the NY Times in 2019.)

Charles Watson Speaks Out!

A riveting 200+ question interview with a former Manson Cult member, who insightfully shares his heart about Manson, the cult, the drugs, the music, the crime, the victims, the death penalty, forgiveness, prisoners, and salvation.

Christianity for Fools

Christianity seems foolish based on the world's priorities. Yet, eternal salvation is more valuable than Hall of Fame, wealth and success pursued by the world. Our prayer is that this book will open your eyes to an entirely new vision for life.

Our Identity: Spirit, Soul & Body

God created us a living soul, made up of mind, will and emotions, the spirit giving us life. I believe through the reading of this book, you will come to see yourself as a wonderful possession of our Heavenly Father.

Illumination Bible Charts

It is my hope that these charts will be a blessing to you as they have to me and many others participating in my classes over the years. I find that it is easier for me to understand spiritual truth when I can see it created in chart form.


These articles are available to print as brochures for passing out to your family and friends. For more ALMS brochures, click here.

  • Let Freedom Ring 2020+

    Who would have ever thought that a kid from a small town in Texas would try to start a race war in Los Angeles? The folks of Copeville were shocked that one of their...

  • Love is All You Need

    One of my favorite songs in the '60s was “Love Is All You Need” by the Beatles. Children were singing this song around the world. I don't know if the Beatles understood the enormous truth behind their message, since they were singing about a “feeling”.

  • Defining Moments Identified in Life

    Defining moments are times when decisions were made that defined our lives with either positive or negative consequences. By identifying these,  we become more effective in sharing our testimony in Christ with others.

  • Insights Into My Behavioral Change

    My irrational thinking caused a chain of destructive emotions and sinful behavior. Beginning with Eve in the Garden, thoughts of not having or being enough...

  • Dead Man Walkin'

    It was like a breath of fresh air leaving the Los Angeles County Jail in a bus for death row after my conviction. We headed up the coast to San Quentin, which overlooks the San Francisco bay.

  • Cult Madness

    The purpose of this message is to share the Truth found solely in the Good News of Jesus Christ. It has been said, if you want to know the
    counterfeit, get to know the real thing.

  • Why the Crimes?

    I was 23 years old in August 1969, when I committed crimes that shocked the nation and sent shock waves around the world.


Forgiven: The Charles Watson Story

A docudrama by Biola University students, and interviews with Charles and the daughter of one of his victims. This video was awarded a Silver Angel award in the Home Video category at the 20th-anniversary ceremony (1997) of the Religion and Media International Angel Awards in Hollywood, CA.

Radio Interview by Shadoe Steele

A fast-moving conversation covering Charles' past with the Manson Cult and his present transformed life in Christ. 

Abounding Love Podcast

More episodes coming soon.

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grace01My books "Will You Die For Me?" and "Charles Watson Speaks Out!" answer many questions, so please check them out before asking new questions. Also, please use the search feature on the site to find specific information. Thank You!

Q: Can I link my site to yours?

A: Yes, you may link to our site using this description:

Charles D. Watson testifies that anyone can be forgiven and transformed by Christ, even a former member of the Manson cult. Charles is now a born-again Christian, ministering God's love to prisoners and to people around the world.

Q: When were you born, and how long have you been in prison and a Christian?

A: I was born on December 2, 1945, in Dallas, Texas. I've been in prison since November 30, 1969, and a Christian since May 23, 1975.

Q: What is the purpose of your outreach?

A: Our purpose is to share the transforming power of God's love with the world. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Jesus should not perish but have everlasting life. That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Those who receive Jesus by accepting His love, grow more complete in the knowledge of Him, so that His perfect love can cast out all their fear.

We hope for the unbeliever to see that it was God's intention from the foundation of the world to bring righteousness, peace and joy to mankind through the act of His love at Calvary. Mankind tries to fill the void in his heart with all the things in the world that can never satisfy. Those who refuse God's love, reject the blood of the cross and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the only One that can fill our hearts with His love, bringing about an intimate relationship with God, our heavenly Father.

We desire for everyone who God places in our path to experience and receive the love of God, so they can overflow with His love, therefore fulfilling what Jesus called the two greatest commandments: That you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and you love your neighbor as yourself. That through believing this truth, they will be brought out of defeat and into a victorious Christian life. This brings revival!

Q: Can I purchase or obtain someway one of your art pieces?

A: No. All my art pieces were given as gifts to my family. Besides, it is illegal for me to profit in any way from my notoriety. I don't create any memorabilia, nor respond to autograph requests. BTW, please don't purchase my letters offered for sale on various sites, because I respond freely to most who write me directly.

Prison Life

Q: Do you have a computer?

A: No. I did graduate from a computer course in 1991, but I have absolutely no access to a computer, or the internet in prison.

Q: How are you involved with this outreach?

A: I am in contact with the site administrator through the U.S. Mail. I write the contents for the website, except for the testimonies of friends, articles identified as being written by others, or quotes attributed to others.

Q: Are you safe in prison?

A: Yes. After two years in the county jail and my conviction, I was put on death row in November 1971, which was all-time in isolation. I got off death row in August 1972, and I have always been placed in the safest prison facilities, because of my case factors, especially my notoriety. Pray.

Q: Are you eligible for parole?

A: Yes. I have been eligible for parole since 1976, but the parole board finds me unsuitable for parole because of the notoriety and the severe nature of my crime.

Q: What is your typical day like?

A: I awake early to read, meditate, pray and listen to Christian radio programs, such as Family Radio and others. I eat breakfast and then I go to my assignment as an ADA worker, encouraging the disabled. The prison serves two hot meals daily and issues a sack lunch at breakfast, plus I supplement my diet with food from the prison canteen and quarterly packages. I have been a vegetarian since I was 23 years old, which I believe has helped me stay healthy.

There is a track around the yard that winds past the housing units, canteen, laundry, education, dining halls, work exchange, program office, medical, chapel and the gym. Some inmates play basketball, baseball, football, volleyball or soccer, but I don’t because of my age. I walk the track sharing my faith, relating to many men. I’m often seen listening to Christian music and Bible teachers on the radio as I walk the yard.

Prison visits are allowed on Saturday and Sunday. Bible studies, services and other functions are held in the prison chapel, where we have a vibrant body of believers in Christ. I also spend time listening to the Lord and writing the content for this website.

Ministry Life

Q: Have you actually apologized for your part in the murders?

A: Yes, privately, many times. I apologize publicly in Charles Watson Speaks Out! 

Q: How was Manson able to manipulate you to commit the murders?

A: This often asked question is answered in-depth in my books. He was manipulative, but I take full responsibility for my actions, ignorance, lack of identity, emptiness and choices in life, which left me prey to his deceptive plan. Why the Crimes?

Q: Have you profited from your books and the crime?

A: No, not financially. I have profited in spiritual and emotional ways by being able to share the testimony with so many people. This has been a tremendous blessing over the years. Every fiber of my body is about ministering God's love.

Q: Are you open to doing a book with someone who has a good idea?

A: I've accepted a few Christian projects over the years, such as a chapter for books, but I'm not open to help someone profit from a new book. I receive at least eight to ten requests a year, but I feel the website shares my past sufficiently.

Q: Can I donate to your outreach?

A: We don't take donations, but you can be involved!.

Q: Are you affiliated with Abounding Love Ministries in Louisiana?

A: No, I am not.

Q: Can I write to you personally?

A: Yes, contact Charles.

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