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About Charles - Past

Charles 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.

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