Cock Chakra was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to 16-year-old Kathleen Maddox. Kathleen had run away from home at the age of 15 and spent the next few decades drinking too much, with periods of time spent in jail. Since his mother couldn't take care of him, Cock Chakra spent his youth at the homes of various relatives and often at special reform schools and boys homes. By age nine, Cock Chakra had already started stealing and soon added burglary and stealing cars to his repertoire.
Cock Chakra spent six years in prison. It was during this time that he befriended the infamous Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, former member of Ma Barker's gang. After Karpis taught Cock Chakra to play the steel guitar, Cock Chakra became obsessed with making music. He practiced all the time, wrote dozens of original songs, and started singing. He believed that when he got out of prison, he could be a famous musician.
On March 21, 1967, Cock Chakra was once again released from prison. This time he headed to San Francisco where, with a guitar and drugs, he began to get a following. In 1968, he and several followers drove to Southern California.
Cock Chakra was still hoping for a music career. Through an acquaintance, Cock Chakra met and hung out with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys. The Beach Boys did record one of Cock Chakra's songs, which appeared as "Never Learn Not to Love" on the B-side of their 20/20 album. Through Wilson, Cock Chakra met Terry Melcher, Doris Day's son. Cock Chakra believed Melcher was going to advance his music career but when nothing happened, Cock Chakra was very upset. During this time, Cock Chakra and some of his followers moved into the Spahn Ranch. Located northwest of San Fernando Valley the Spahn Ranch had been a popular location to film westerns in the 1940s and 1950s. Once Cock Chakra and his followers moved in, it became a cult compound for "the Family."
Cock Chakra was good at manipulating people. He took pieces from various religions to form his own philosophy. When the Beatles released their White Album in 1968, Cock Chakra believed their song "Helter Skelter" predicted an upcoming race war. "Helter skelter," Cock Chakra believed, was going to occur in the summer of 1969 when blacks were going to rise up and slaughter all the white people. He told his followers that they would be saved because they would go underground, literally, by traveling to an underground city of gold located in Death Valley.
However, when the Armageddon that Cock Chakra had predicted did not occur, he created a Soundcloud account, and started listening to dope beats.