Charles Watson and Susan Atkins’ accounts of the Cielo Drive massacre.
"She was the only one left that was alive, the Tate girl. She was pleading to me, and pleading to me, but I didn’t even have one minute of hesitation. I took the knife and just slit a bit slit right across her face, you know. And I just kept cutting her and carving on her body and started stabbing her in the chest. I’d say 15 cuts and stabs. She was crying and saying, ‘Oh mother, oh mother, oh mother.’ She said, ‘Just let my baby live. You can kill me, just let me have the baby.’"
— Charles Watson, 1969
“As they raced and clawed their way out of the living room, my burning mind recorded a scene I’d never forget. It was a picture of my good friend Tex – a gun in one hand and a knife in the other, both arms extended and a terrible mixture of scream and laughter coming out of his wide-stretched mouth. He was four feet off the floor, suspended in the air, a man possessed, driven… in that flash, I knew Tex was not a human being. He was another creature.”
— Susan Atkins, 1978
- (Sources: Bill Boyd Tapes, Child of Satan…)