About Charles - Past
was born in 1945, at the Florence Nightingale
Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in Copeville,
35 miles north of Dallas. He left North Texas
University, where he was a student, for California
in 1967, believing that out west promised satisfaction
through drugs, sex and rock 'n roll. His personal
identity was very shallow because he lacked a
sound belief system.
In California, he enrolled in college and secured
a job, but soon dropped out in exchange for the
fast life. He met Manson and ended up becoming
a member of the "Manson Family". He
was part of this group for a year. Manson offered
utopia, but in reality, he had a destructive worldview,
which Charles ended up believing in and acting
upon. His participation in the 1969 Manson murders
is a part of history that he deeply regrets.
For participation in these crimes, he received
a death sentence, which was overturned in 1972.
Charles remained imprisoned with a life sentence
and three years later, Christ came into his heart
and called him into the ministry. He began ministry
training and co-authored the book Will You Die
For me? in 1978. This book has touched thousands
of prisoners spiritually. He founded the original
Abounding Love Ministries in 1980, and became
an ordained minister in 1983. He has spent all
these years ministering to prisoners and to others
around the world.
This website was created in 1997, and has received
millions of hits worldwide. In recent years, he
wrote the book Manson's Right Hand Man Speaks
out! to answer the many questions he is still
asked in interviews and through letters. His distant
past is a tragedy from any point of view, but
for the previous three decades, his life has testified
to the awesome grace of God.