Susan followed me around and she was always trouble. She would steal, she would lie, she’d do all kinds of crazy things. And the only thing I could do, see you got to realize, woman’s got the thing over the man. All she’s got to do is call the police and they’ll lock me up for her.
It’s like the guy come and he says “I’m takin’ this broad here.” He says “I’m the man.” I told him “Ok, be my guest.” Susie jumps up and says “You put your hands on me it’d be the sorriest day you live.” And he turn back to me and said “ Tell this broad to go with me!” I said “If I tell her to go with you, she’s liable to put me back in the penitentiary.”
So he pulls his knife out and wants to stab me and I said “(laughs) It’s kinda silly ain’t it? You know, you can’t get your balls out of that broad, so you gotta come get your nuts out of me. Why don’t you go back to your mother and find out who took your balls, I didn’t get your fucking nuts, man.” And I’m hiding behind this guitar, and he’s stabbin at me dig? So every time he’s stabbing, I cut him a little bit. I says “Man you only cutting yourself here. I got nothing bad going against you. Why you keep stabbin’ at me for man? You tryin’ to prove something to yourself? Go look in the mirror, man. What’s it go to do with me. You want to be a whatever, man, whatever a man is.”
— Charles Manson, 1988