Danny Trejo is detailing an encounter he had with Charles Manson in his new memoir.
In his book "Trejo," the "Machete" star said he met the infamous criminal in Los Angeles County Jail in 1961. Upon sight, Danny wasn't exactly impressed, saying Manson was "greasy, dirty, scrawny" and "so poor, he didn't have a belt, and instead used a piece of string to keep his pants up."
Around that time, Manson told Danny and his pals that he had hypnotic powers that "could get us high." The actor and his crew gave it a shot, as they were in jail with nothing else to do.
"It was like a guided meditation," he wrote, but it worked. Manson, according to Danny, had the group believing they were smoking marijuana and then taking heroin. Of course they weren't, as it was Manson convincing them of the drug usage with his words alone.
"By the time he described it hitting my bloodstream, I felt the warmth flowing through my body," Danny recalled. "If that white boy wasn't a career criminal, he could have been a professional hypnotist."
Manson was eventually released from county jail in 1967, at which point he began to accrue followers who would go on to be known as the Manson Family. In 1969, under Manson's direction, the group went on a murder spree and killed nine people, including actress Sharon Tate and Folgers Coffee heiress Abigail Folger. Although he never directly took part in the slayings, Manson was given a life sentence in prison for ordering the murders.
The infamous criminal died in prison in 2017 after 50 years behind bars. Danny, meanwhile, turned his life around and has become one of the most beloved actors on TV.