I thought - it started with love, and then turned to fear,' she once said.
She said in December that her feelings faded when Manson became physically and emotionally abusive, and trafficked her to other men for sex.She said she left him twice only to be brought back, and that she was usually under the influence of drugs and rarely left alone.'I thought I loved him.Watson remains in prison near Sacramento, California, after repeatedly being denied parole.Sharon Tate's sister, Debra Tate — the last surviving member of her immediate family — urged a panel of parole commissioners last year to reject freedom for the man she called 'the most active, the most prolific killer in the Manson family'.She was a 19-year-old secretary living with her older sister when she met the 33-year-old Manson at a party.
She testified that she left everything behind three days later to follow him because she believed they had a budding romantic relationship.
Watson described himself as Manson's 'right hand man'.
On August 9, 1969, he and three female accomplices murdered actress Sharon Tate and four visitors at her Beverly Hills home.
In prison, Watson wrote a book, Manson's Right-Hand Man Speaks Out, saying the charismatic Manson offered utopia, then persuaded his followers to act out his 'destructive worldview'. He became a minister in 1981, taking a path similar to some other ex-Manson Family members who also turned to Christianity.
Watson also obtained his college degree behind bars.
Atkins admitted stabbing Tate to death as the actress begged for her life and that of her unborn son.