Charles "Tex" Watson, a convicted murderer and former member of the infamous Manson family, is thought to have sent five handwritten pages of notes to Wikipedia asking for edits on his page. Watson was known as the right-hand man of cult-leader Charles Manson and played a leading part in the "family's" gruesome murders.
The pages were unearthed by The Wikipedian, a blog that follows news from the online encyclopedia, which found them posted by an official Wikipedia channel in the discussion section of Watson's entry. The uploaded pages seem to be printout copies of Watson's entry with his notes handwritten in the margins.
Watson is currently serving a life sentence in California for his part in the murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, in 1969. He is a born-again Christian and has been denied parole 14 times.
The uploaded pages show that Watson wanted the entry to be titled "Charles 'Tex' Watson" rather than "Tex Watson" as it currently is. He also wanted the nickname "Mad Charlie" to be removed as he said it was not true.
Along with these, he wanted a paragraph reinstated at the beginning which mentions his book on the infamous murders and for the early life section to say that he attended California State University, and not the University of California, as it previously said.
Watson claimed that there are inaccuracies in Wikipedia's section on the Cielo Drive murders of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger. The pages show that Watson crossed out a line saying he took $70 from Folger's purse before stabbing her, instead suggesting it be changed to "Watson assisted [Patricia] Krenwinkel in killing Folger."
The Wikipedia editors had some scepticism over the authenticity of the pages but some of the edits have been considered while the entry has had a note added above which says: "This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful."