Wikipedia Commons
Chris Harris
April 07, 2016 12:00 PM

It seems a former associate of infamous 81-year-old cult leader Charles Manson is a bit miffed about some of the information appearing on his Wikipedia page, PEOPLE confirms.

Convicted murderer Charles “Tex” Watson, 70, has contacted the moderators at Wikipedia, seeking several revisions to some of the erroneous biographical content some of the site’s users have posted as fact.

News of Watson’s request was confirmed by a Wikipedia volunteer claiming to have handled the inmate s appeal in a blog post responding to some of the online backlash Watson s plea has since stirred up.

According to the volunteer, Watson had mailed Wikipedia a printout of his page, with a number of proposed handwritten edits. Watson took issue with claims made about his crimes – specifically, the insinuation he stole $70 from one of his victims.

Back in 1969, Watson was one of the four people Manson dispatched to the home of musician Terry Melcher, where five people – including director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate – were viciously murdered as part of a plan to initiate a “race war.”

Watson’s request for edits claims that he never took any cash from Alison Fogler’s purse, and that he only “assisted” in her slaying, which he contends was carried out by Patricia Krenwinkel.

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Krenwinkel was convicted of seven murders in 1971, and is serving out a life sentence at the California Institution for Women near Corona, California.

Watson also requested that Wikipedia amend the section of his page that lists his aliases, noting no one ever called him “Mad Charlie.” Watson, who is a lifer at Mule Creek Prison near Sacramento, also critiqued the site’s contributors for leaving out details about his pre-crime days.

Specifically, Watson wanted the page to reflect he worked several summers “at an onion packing plant, saving for college.”

Watson has also asked Wikipedia to remove the genders of the four children he fathered with his ex-wife during prison conjugal visits and wants the fact that there was a public petition opposing his attempts at parole excised.

Since receiving Watson’s request, the site’s volunteers decided to retain several of the disputed facts, but note further citation is needed.

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