Charles Manson, Biological Dad?

?? - posted on 11/25/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




Surprise: Your Biological Father May Be Charles Manson

At some point, every adopted child wonders about his biological parents. Did I get my athletic abilities from my birth mom? Did my birth dad have these brown eyes?

In one particularly stunning case, Matthew Roberts of Los Angeles found out -- to his horror -- that he very well could be the son of convicted murderer Charles Manson.

Roberts, 41, started looking for his roots 12 years ago. Through a social service agency, he located his biological mother in Wisconsin.

She revealed that Manson might be his father. She claims she met the Helter Skelterite in 1967 -- two years before the infamous Manson Family murders -- and was raped by Manson in a drug-fueled orgy. After seeing Roberts' photo, she was convinced he is Manson's son.

Roberts was born March 22, 1968. The time line fits. Manson was released from prison March 21, 1967. He was arrested again Oct. 12, 1969. Any children he fathered near Roberts' age would have to have been conceived during that window.

Manson doesn't deny he might have children no one knows about.

"Every time I get out, I get a woman and a kid, and then she runs off," he said in a typically rambling interview for the 1989 documentary "Charles Manson, Superstar."

"Then the kid shows up 20, 30 years later, fat and acting like his mother."

There is no hard, scientific evidence linking Roberts to Manson. He has only his biological mother's word and recollection as well as a resemblance to the killer.

Roberts notices the resemblance himself. "If I get worked up, my eyes get really big and that's really freaked some people out before," he tells the British newspaper The Sun.

"I've tried to tone that down quite a bit. I don't like having that effect on people," he adds. "I don't even like the fact that I'm big. It makes me even scarier. My hero is Gandhi. I'm an extremely nonviolent, peaceful person and a vegetarian.

"I don't even kill bugs."

Roberts grew up in Rockford, Ill. and tells The Sun he has exchanged some letters with Manson. The killer has even sent him his prison phone number. However, he doesn't want to meet Manson personally.

"I didn't want to believe it," he says. "I was frightened and angry. It's like finding out that Adolf Hitler is your father. I'm a peaceful person - trapped in the face of a monster."

How would you feel? I've read pretty much everything I possibly can about Charles Manson and his lil family of psycho killers, I've watched pretty much everything I could find, interviews and documentaries - I've always had a 'fascination' with serial killers... always wanted to know why and how and who these people are - my sister showed me this link earlier and I thought I would probably spend days puking and crying if I were to find out I was the product of that creep.

My ex was adopted and he never wanted to find out who his biological parents were because he was always scared to find out that they were really bad people or really good people and just didn't want him...

If you were adopted, would you want to find your biological parents?


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Lindsay - posted on 11/27/2009




I honestly don't know what I would do if I had been adopted. I know people that have been adopted close to me and have been on both sides. I have a cousin who has zero desire to know anything about his bio family. It's not that he's bitter towards the subject, but he was adopted at about a week old and considers my aunt and uncle his parents (which they are) and never really thinks twice about finding the rest out. I have a friend, on the other hand, that was adopted from South Korea. I remember her counting the days until she was 18 to search for her birth mother. She was devastated to find she had been abandoned and their was no link to being able to find her bio mom.

Now we have my cousin, Grace. She's 2 1/2 now and will never have to question where she came from. My uncle, her dad, has blogged about the entire adoption and life after and she will always be able to see where she came from and how far she's come!

Sara - posted on 11/26/2009




OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I was reading about this today and again, OMG!!! Can you imagine searching out your bio dad only to find out it's Charles Manson...holy shit. What a bummer. But on the plus side, he's sure to make some cash from it.

I don't know. If I were adopted, I could understand the yearning to find your bio parents, but at the same time, the people who raised you are clearly your parents. I don't think you have to be a bio parent to be a parent. But, knowing me, I'd probably yeah.

Charlie - posted on 11/26/2009




i am not adopted so i really cant know if i would have that urge but for now i think if i was adopted by the parents i have i would be pretty happy just to have them as my parents .

JL - posted on 11/26/2009




I am not adopted so I cannot say for sure what I would or would not since I am not in that position but I think I may want to just depends upon what the situation was.

It is kind of hard to answer, because my mom is adopted but she lived in foster homes until her late teens before she was adopted and throughout that whole time she knew who her parents were. She had on and off contact with her mother and her mothers family until she was adopted. There is a great deal of animosity she holds toward her mother because she lived in some crappy and abusive foster homes for years and her mother knew this but never did anything. Her mother gave her and her brother up after her father died from cancer..her response was she never wanted kids he did so since he was gone she did not want to be strapped with raising them. Her mother ended up getting married over 10 times having 8 more kids. She tries to contact my mother through me. She sends me cards and gifts, but I do nothing because she needs to beg my mother for forgivness directly she should not go through me.

If it happened to be someone like Charles Manson I would probably first be very grateful that I was adopted and grew up in a peaceful loving environment and was able to form my identity without knowing I had any biological attachment to such a piece of crap human being. Then I would puke, cry, wallow in shame, and freak out... probably questioning my inner being.

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If I was adopted, yes, I would like to know who my biological parents were, if for no other reason than to learn my medical history.

As for being Charles Manson's kid...well, he does have kids out there, whether they know it or not. At the time his ranch was broken up, the children there were placed in foster care. Some even had their names changed but they're still his kids.

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Well you see I'm donor concieved, so yes for medical reasons I want to find out. I'm currently writing what I'm calling "the letter of my life" to my donor. I have since found a donor sibling, and found out that my donor's son is deaf in one ear.

I've heard of stories before, in the donor offspring community, where a donor has not listed that there is a history of liver disease in his family, and now some of his donor offspring suffer from it.

The other worrying thing about adoption/donor offspring is, biological siblings not knowing that they are brother/sister and enter a sexual relationship- this does happen.

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