Also known as "Snake" Diane was one of the youngest members of the Manson Family. She was born in the 1950's and lived most of her childhood at the Wavy Gravy Hog Farm Commune with her hippie parents. At the young age of 13 she had experimented with drugs and particpated in group orgies. When she was 14 she met Charlie and members of the Family at a house in Topanga Canyon and her parents gave her a note to carry around in her pocket which confirmed their approval to join and live with the Manson Family.
Diane was the subject of many beatings by Charlie, he would explain that it was his way of being her father figure. One of the Family members said they once witnessed Charlie whipping Diane with an electrical cord and punching her in the back.
She was close friends with Paul Watkins who said in interviews that Diane was his favourite of the girls and the most beautiful with her auburn hair and green eyes. He mentions her numerious times in his book "My Life with Charles Manson".
It has been said that Diane got the nickname "Snake" because of the movements she makes with her hips during sex but she has denied this and said she got her nickname after telling a story to Mary Brunner of relating with a snake slitthering around on hot day keeping cool.
During her time with the Family Diane participated in group sex, drug use and listening to Charlie's daily ramblings.
Diane tesitfied against Tex Watkins, Patricia Krenwickle and Leslie Van Houton disclosing what she knew about them participating in the Tate/LaBianca murders.
At the age of 16 Diane suffered from LSD flashbacks and was sent to Patton State Hospital to undergo treatment for Schizoprenia. She was released after six months and went to live with Jack Gardiner and his wife who had become her foster parents. With professional help and fostering of her new parents she graduated from high school and college and is said to be living a normal and happy life as a wife and mother.