Charles Manson, who died last year at the ripe age of 83, was infamous for his cult following, seven murders and never touching his victims. Yet, his legacy lives on through stories, his estate, and his kids. While it’s unknown how many kids Manson had, we know of at least three…
Perhaps there was no chance for Charles Manson Jr. to ever live a truly normal life with his heritage. He was born in 1956, just a short year after Charles Manson married
In her second trimester of
Driven by schizophrenia and paranoid delusional disorders, Manson got into further trouble with the law resulting in subsequent stints in prison. This trouble with the law also resulted in the divorce of Manson and Willis, who was left not only to care for a child as a single
Ironically, later in life Charles Manson reportedly said that the short time married to Willis was “a delight”.
After divorcing Willis, Manson went on to amass his cult following which he referred to as the “Manson Family”. These devote followers would go on to commit his most infamous murders in 1969.
While many reports try to
Since his stepfather’s name was Jack White and his two
Jesse was born just two years after Charles Manson Jr, in 1958 and Jed was born in 1959. Being close in age, it’s plausible the three
Which would make the fact that both of Charles Manson
Jed, the youngest of the brothers, died first from a tragic, but accidental, gunshot wound when he was only 11 years old. Jesse also passed away at the young age of 28. He was discovered in a car after a night of partying with friends. His cause of death was ruled as a drug overdose.
Jay White followed suit and died seven short years later.
The Death Of Jay White
Jay White’s death in many ways was the most tragic because unlike his brothers, his death was not accidental. Jay committed suicide on June 29, 1993. His body was found at Exit 438 on Interstate 70 and his cause of death is listed on his death certificate as a “self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head”.
Why Jay killed himself is not completely known. Many news outlets reported that he couldn’t handle the connection to his father Charles Manson and there is evidence to support this.
Jay’s son Jason Freeman has better processed the trauma, but has described the relationship to Charles Manson as a “family curse”. Instead of allowing his family history to be used against him, Jason has used the “curse” as motivation. In 2012, he even announced that he was “coming out” [as a Manson] in an effort to rid himself of the toxicity of his past.
While Freeman might look and sound tough as a 6’2” kickboxer, he describes his childhood differently. Jason claimed he was bullied as a child because he was the grandchild of Charles Manson, and that he couldn’t discuss Manson at all. His grandmother Rosalie Willis even forbid the mention of her former husband at home. This glimpse into the toxicity of Manson within the family unit is perhaps the most solid indicator that Charles Manson played a large role in the suicide of Charles Manson Jr. Freeman also furthered this assumption by saying that his father “just couldn’t let it go. He couldn’t live it down. He couldn’t live down who his father was”.
As part of the effort to rid himself of toxicity, Freeman attempted to reconnect with Charles Manson. He even said that in moments Manson would say “I love you”. After the death of Charles Manson, Freeman battled for the rights for his grandfather’s body and his estate. He won rights to the body and had his grandfather’s remains cremated and scattered. He is still fighting for rights to the estate-which consists of Manson’s music, art