Ed Saunders book says this as well, that the studio was picking up the tab. Mike, I've got my tin foil hat on and I am of the opinion that Manson didn't mastermind anything at all. He reminds me of Rasputin. At least from the characterization in the earlier part of Saunders book. he pooled the resources for the community then dispersed them. Reminds me of when people flocked to Rasputin in St. Petersburg, they gave him all sorts of things, he gave them away to those seeking his help. He would send messages along with people to officials (who usually threw them away)along the lines of "Thus and such needs this. Do it for me, Grigory." He (Rasputin) loved the adulation, the attention he received. I believe Manson loved the same from Dennis Wilson and Terry Melcher. Saunders says that Bobby B had some recording sessions as well. Did Tex ever record anything?