MTR posted a chilling interview with Dennis Wilson from December 1968 in which he talked about his involvement with Charlie Manson. This was roughly 8 months before the famous murders. If you magnify the image, you can read the following last few paragraphs:
"I live in the woods in California, near Death Valley, with 17 girls. They’re space ladies. And they’d make a great group, I’m thinking of launching them as the Family Gems."
How did you come to meet up with 17 girls?
"It happened strangely. I went up into the mountains with my houseboy to take an LSD trip. We met two girls hitch-hiking. One of them was pregnant. We gave them a lift, and a purse was left in the car. About a month later, near Malibu, I saw the pregnant girl again, only this time she’d had her baby. I was overjoyed for her and it was through her that I met all the other girls.
I told them about our involvement with the Maharishi and they told me they too had a guru, a guy named Charlie who’d recently come out of jail after 12 years. His mother was a hooker, his father was a gangster, he’d drifted into crime but when I met him I found he had great musical ideas. We’re writing together now. He’s dumb, in some ways, but I accept his approach and have learnt from him. He taught me a dance, The Inhibition. You have to imagine you’re a frozen man and the ice is thawing out. Start with your fingertips, then all the rest of you, then you extend it to a feeling that the whole universe is thawing out…”
Are you supporting all these people?
"No, if anything, they’re supporting me. I had all the rich status symbols — Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, home after home. Then I woke up, gave away 50-60% of my money. Now I live in one small room, with one candle, and I’m happy, finding myself."