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My ‘tender’ sex with Charles Manson, by former follower

A former Charles Manson follower who slept with the notorious cult murderer when she was just 14 has described their ‘tender’ sex in graphic detail.

In her newly-released book, Dianne Lake describes how Manson, who was 33 at the time, ‘took time to explore’ her body and made her ‘purr’ when they had sex for the first time when she was an underage teenager.

The encounter took place in Los Angeles in a bus he had painted black and fitted out with Indian cushions and rugs for his followers. It was parked outside the Spiral Staircase house where Manson was staying with his flock of followers at the time.

Lake, whose hippy parents met him previously and told him to look out for her, had been invited to a party at the house and was taken to Manson’s ‘magic bus’ shortly after arriving.

Recalling their sex in her memoir Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties, she wrote: ‘He took his time to explore my body. He avoided the places that made me purr until I could barely stand it.

Dianne Lake (left when she was a teenager, before meeting Manson aged 14) has told how they had 'tender' sex in a bus he had renovated. The cult leader is seen right in 1969, two years after they met when he was arrested for the notorious murders he committed

Dianne Lake (left when she was a teenager, before meeting Manson aged 14) has told how they had ‘tender’ sex in a bus he had renovated. The cult leader is seen right in 1969, two years after they met when he was arrested for the notorious murders he committed

Lake, now 64, appeared on Good Morning America earlier this week to discuss the book 

Lake, now 64, appeared on Good Morning America earlier this week to discuss the book 

‘After a few minutes, he put himself inside me while staring into my eyes. He was tender as he held me up to meet his deep thrusts. When he finished, he sighed; I exhaled and realized I was hooked.’

The excerpt was published by The New York Post on Thursday.

Lake was living independently from her parents at the time. They met Manson before she did at a commune and Lake’s mother showed him a photograph of her.

 ‘After a few minutes, he put himself inside me while staring into my eyes. He was tender as he held me up to meet his deep thrusts. When he finished, he sighed; I exhaled and realized I was hooked.’

She told how after she had been invited to a party at the Spiral Staircase house in Topanga Canyon, where Manson was living with other followers when they met.

Within hours of meeting, he took her by the hand to the bus outside which he had renovated.

‘We sat facing each other and the anticipation swelled up inside me. I expected a kiss, but instead Charlie had me put my hands up against his.

‘He moved his hands in different directions until I caught on that I was to follow his every move. It was a game, and I was more than eager to play. It was like he was syncing up our energy,’ she wrote in her memoir.

The experience made her feel as though she’d ‘become a woman’ and triggered her decision to join the cult. 

‘The decision seemed so natural; a date with destiny. Charlie and the girls were now living at the Spiral Staircase House. It was only a matter of time before I joined them,’ she said. 

Their first sexual encounter happened inside this school bus which Manson had renovated the interior of and placed mattresses inside. It is shown in 1969 after authorities arrested the 'family' at Barker Ranch in Death Valley for the notorious murders

Their first sexual encounter happened inside this school bus which Manson had renovated the interior of and placed mattresses inside. It is shown in 1969 after authorities arrested the ‘family’ at Barker Ranch in Death Valley for the notorious murders

Lake (shown above in the 1960s) had been 'set free' by her hippy parents when she met Manson. She says she was craving a family and he provided her with one 

Lake (shown above in the 1960s) had been 'set free' by her hippy parents when she met Manson. She says she was craving a family and he provided her with one. Manson was in and out of custody until 1969 when he was jailed for the murders. He is seen, right, in 1968

Lake (shown above in the 1960s) had been ‘set free’ by her hippy parents when she met Manson. She says she was craving a family and he provided her with one. Manson was in and out of custody until 1969 when he was jailed for the murders. He is seen, right, in 1968

At the time, Lake had been ‘set free’ by her parents and had already had sex with other men. She previously described him as ‘attractive and loving’.   

‘He made you feel like you were his one and only love, you know?’ Lake said in an interview with Good Morning America.

‘Yes, there were other girls, but we all shared him. He made you feel really special, and specially loved.’ 

‘It seemed very natural and loving and kind of like a game,’ she said of having sex with him. ‘He would start with the hands… and that would lead into more intimate things. 

‘He was cute, impish. You know, fun.’

She previously told People that she fell into his cult after being abandoned by her parents.   

‘I needed love and affection, and I needed a family. I needed to feel like I belonged somewhere,’ Lake said. ‘He perceived that from the get-go.’  

In the years that would follow, Lake became more loyal to Manson, even as he grew more violent in the days leading up to the murderous rampage that members of his cult went on in 1969. 

Lake did not take part in the two-day summer murder spree in which Manson and members of his cult killed seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, Floger’s heir Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Steven Parent and Jay Sebring.

She was arrested along with the other cult members at Barker Ranch in 1969 but maintained throughout police interviews that she knew nothing of the murders. 

Lake did not take part in the two-day murder spree in which Manson and members of his cult killed seven people, including film director Roman Polanski's pregnant wife Sharon Tate (above with the director in 1968)

Lake did not take part in the two-day murder spree in which Manson and members of his cult killed seven people, including film director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife Sharon Tate (above with the director in 1968)

Lake said she couldn't understand why the women who she previously considered friends from the Manson family - Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie van Houton (above) had stood by the murderer during the trial

Lake said she couldn’t understand why the women who she previously considered friends from the Manson family – Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie van Houton (above) had stood by the murderer during the trial

She went on to provide the district attorney with incriminating evidence and testimony against them. 

In 1970, Lake was institutionalized for schizophrenia which doctors said was caused by emotional trauma. 

When she later faced Manson in court, his defense her: ‘Are you still in love with Mr. Manson now?’

She responded: ‘I guess so’ as she looked at the man who she had a deep relationship in the years prior. 

Manson blurted out: ‘You loved everybody. Don’t put it all on Mr Manson.’

The court room had burst into laughter at Manson’s statement.

‘I hadn’t seen it before, how he could truly work a room. This man didn’t mean to be funny… he was deflecting responsibility from himself by humiliating me and dismissing my value as a human being,’ she said.

She said that was the moment she realized he was a ‘scruffy little man with an enormous ego’.

‘He was a fake, a fraud, a pimp, and a con artist. And now I was truly free of him,’ she said. 

Lake penned this book 'Member of the Family' out October 24 on her time with the madman

Lake penned this book ‘Member of the Family’ out October 24 on her time with the madman

The women who she previously considered friends from the Manson family had stood by the murderer during the trial.

‘The girls with the Xs on their foreheads? That part always blew me away,’ Lake said. ‘They continued to hang on, be groupies.’

After the trial concluded and Manson was convicted on first degree murder charges, Lake said she tried to move forward with her life. She is now married, has raised three children and earned a master’s degree in education. 

Manson, however, has been behind bars for more than four decades after being put away for the series of murders in 1969.

He was convicted of leading a cult in which disaffected young people living in a commune followed his orders and were ultimately turned into killers.

Manson and three female followers, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten, were convicted of murder and sentenced to death for killings at two gruesome scenes in the summer of 1969. 

They brutally murdered director Roman Polanski’s actress wife, Sharon Tate, and six others in Los Angeles over two nights.

He had ordered his family members to slaughter Tate, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant, and three of her friends at her home above Beverly Hills.  

Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten (above) were convicted of murder and sentenced to death for killings at two gruesome scenes in the summer of 1969

Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten (above) were convicted of murder and sentenced to death for killings at two gruesome scenes in the summer of 1969

Stephen Parent was a fifth unfortunate victim that night. He had driven to the property to see if caretaker William Garreston wanted to buy his AM/FM Clock radio, and had stayed on for a beer at the guest house. He was shot multiple times when he wound down the window at the electric gate as he left.

The following night the Family butchered small business owners Leno and Rosemary La Bianca, in their home in Los Angeles.

The murders were carried out in upscale, mostly white neighborhoods of Los Angeles in order to blame the crimes on African Americans, in the hope of sparking what he termed a ‘Helter Skelter’ race war. 

Manson, who was not actually present but ordered the killings, applied for parole in 2012 but was denied release and is not eligible to apply again until 2027.

He was hospitalized earlier this year suffering from intestinal bleeding.  

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