Judge Denies Release of Recorded Interviews With Convicted Manson Cult Member

Charles "Tex" Watson is shown in 2014. (Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Charles “Tex” Watson is shown in 2014. (Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied the release of hours of recorded interviews with one of the convicted killers in Charles Manson’s cult.

The taped conversations between Charles “Tex” Watson and his late attorney were made in 1969 — shortly after Watson and other Manson acolytes were arrested. Observers of the case have long viewed the recordings as an unparalleled window into the barbarous slayings carried out by Manson and his so-called “family.”

The recordings have never been made public, and the Los Angeles Police Department said it only recently obtained them.

An attorney for Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted of killing Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, has been trying to unseal the Watson interviews as part of Van Houten’s bid for parole.

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