Having read at least 25 books on the subject, owning every movie, and watched every interview out there, it left me with many questions. I found out that Mr. Guinn was scheduled for a book signing close to me the following week -- so off we went.
The room was packed, at least 50 people seated and many standing. Mr. Guinn started off with a brief description of how he researched the book, told stories of his meeting with Manson’s first cousin JoAnn, his adopted sister Nancy, and his most enlightening – Phil Kaufman, the Road Mangler himself.
Mr. Guinn also expressed his sincere thanks to Vincent Bugliosi, whom he has become great friends with, and put him in contact with many of those interviewed. He stated that Mr. Bugliosi suffered a stroke a few years ago, but is improving every day.
Here was my list:
1. Charlie has always spoken about “Uncle Jess”, yet he was not mentioned in your book – why?
2. Did you attempt to interview Charles “Tex” Watson?
3. What did Kathleen die of in 1973?
4. What is Vince Bugliosi’s health condition now? (This was answered in his lecture)
5. In your book, Patricia Krenwinkle told you she knew Charlie returned to the Tate murder site that night because the American flag was on the couch in the crime scene photos. She distinctly remembers it hanging on a door in the hallway and it had to have been Charlie that returned and changed the murder scene.
There are pictures on the internet that show the living room pre-murder, and that flag is draped upside down on the back of the couch, will you comment on this?
6. Did you attempt to interview Bruce Davis regarding his trip to England in 1968/1969 and verify he travelled with Joel Pugh?
7. You stated in your book you attempted to gain access to the current Spahn Ranch property and asked the Church permission and they denied you. Did you know that most of that property is now State Park and you did not need
Mr. Guinn only took about 5 questions… luckily one was mine.
From what I recall, one person asked if he got to meet Charles Manson in person – his answer:
“No, he wrote to Charlie every day for 5 months – the only response he received was via email from one of his accolades. Charlie would not endorse the book unless Mr. Guinn wrote it “Charlie’s way”, and it had to center around ATWA. But they did end up sending him a picture of his art work which is included in the picture section of the
Luckily, another person asked one of my questions – Did he interview Tex Watson?– his answer:
“No, according to Tex Watson, he disassociated himself from Charles Manson a very long time ago, and will only discuss his (Tex') religion or his ministry.”
Finally, he pointed to me.
The question I chose was my #1 - Charlie has always spoken about “Uncle Jess”, yet he was not mentioned in your book – why?
“When he interviewed Jo Ann, there was no mention of an “Uncle Jess” …more than likely, this was a figment of Charlie’s imagination, or maybe another relative that he got the name wrong….apparently Charlie didn’t even remember Jo Anne name correctly.”
I went on describing what I heard Manson say about Uncle Jess, living in the hills near Moorhead, Ky and how a still blew up and killed Uncle Jess…
This appeared to irritate Mr. Guinn and he quickly dismissed the question stating “there’s going to be omissions in all biographical books, it’s just how it is”
The last question came from a young man in the audience – Did you interview Coyote from Trona?
“No, but I did exchange emails with a Star and Greywolf”
As Mr. Guinn was signing my book, I snuck in one more question – How did Kathleen die?
His Answer: “She died of a brain aneurism….”