The note from Lake's parents didn't directly hand her over to Manson
By the time Lake's family had officially dropped out of society, her family unit had effectively disintegrated. So when Lake asked for a note granting her permission to live on her own, it wasn't much of a stretch for her parents. But this was before Lake met Manson.
"I didn't wind up with Charles Manson the way most people commonly assume," Lake writes. "Over the years, different accounts have written that my parents handed me over to him with a note that specifically said I had permission to join his family. While my parents made many mistakes that contributed to my joining Charlie, deliberating handing me over to him was not one of them."
Lake's parents did, however, meet Manson before she did – during one period when she was away from her family, her mother even dropped acid with him and gave the girls her photo, telling them to look out for her. Her mother wanted to know she was safe.