Danny Trejo had a rare encounter with enigmatic cult leader Charles Manson.
Trejo, 77, reflected on his meeting with Manson in his new self-titled memoir. The “Machete” actor was sent to Los Angeles County jail in 1961, where Manson was also being held. Trejo described Manson as a “greasy, dirty, scrawny” guy who convinced Trejo and others that he could make them feel “high” with hypnotic powers.
“It was like a guided meditation,” Trejo explained.
Manson argued he could give Trejo and the other prisoners a sensation similar to marijuana and heroin through his words.
“By the time he described it hitting my bloodstream, I felt the warmth flowing through my body,” Trejo, who was a teenage heroin addict, recalled. “If that white boy wasn’t a career criminal, he could have been a professional hypnotist.”
Mason was released from prison in 1967 and founded the Manson Family. He was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder in 1971 in conjunction with the “Helter Skelter” murders of 1969. He died from cardiac arrest and colon cancer in 2017 while still imprisoned.