Outside of the fact that they both spent time living in West Virginia when they were younger, you probably wouldn't think that NBA legend Jerry West and convicted killer Charles Manson have all that much in common. But during a new interview for In Depth With Graham Bensinger, which will air this weekend, West talks about the strange connection that he shares with Manson, who is currently serving a life sentence behind bars.
In the 1974 book, Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders, authors Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry wrote about the murders that Manson and the Manson family committed back in the 1960s and 1970s. They also wrote about one night in particular when Manson followed a white Ferrari down Sunset Boulevard. And while speaking with Graham Bensinger, West reveals that he thinks he was driving the Ferrari that was followed by Manson. He can't say it for sure, but he has his suspicions.
"Oh my gosh. You know, he's from West Virginia also," West says in the interview (you can watch the preview clip here). "And I had a Ferrari, and again, I have no idea, but it mentioned in the book, Helter Skelter, how he followed this Ferrari on Sunset Boulebard. And this car was following me, okay? No question, it was following me…And it was the most weird feeling of all because these other murders had occurred that he was a part of...I often wonder, because he said he was following this white Ferrari…"
"You think it was you?" Bensinger asks.
"I don't know," West replies, "but I know one thing—he wasn't going to catch me in a Ferrari."
If this is actually true (unfortunately, there's probably no way we'll ever know the truth), how crazy is that?!
Check out a preview of West's interview with Bensinger, which features him discussing everything from Steph Curry's MVP season to Shaq and Kobe's relationship, below: