- Charles Manson’s accomplice Tex Watson mailed Wikipedia a handwritten letter demanding edits be done to his page
- The letter came from Mule State Creek Prison in California
- Watson is serving life in prison after being convicted in seven counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in 1971
- It is said that Watson printed out a copy of his Wikipedia page and annotated it, marking out what he said were inaccuracies
- He then mailed the letter to Wikipedia, which reveled that most of the edits he was demanding were uninteresting
- He also asked that his early life section be redone to include information about his former jobs working at an opinion packing plant
- He asked his nickname ‘Mad Charlie’ be removed from the info box and replaced with his real name ‘Charles Watson’
- Watson also asked for an entire paragraph relating to a citizen signature drive to oppose parole following the vacated death sentence which became life in prison deleted, he noted that the section is “unsupported by citations”
- William Beutler said in an article on The Wikipedian: “It does seem that Watson has done at least a bit of research into how Wikipedia works: he understands there should be citations, and knows he can lobby for the removal of united material – although it seems more likely someone will just find a news story about the signature drive than remove this detail”
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