DJ Matthew Roberts decided to search for his father… and imagine his surprise when he learned his father was cult leader and murderer Charles Manson! Read more on this story below.
Roberts, 41, was adopted and said after he learned Charles Manson was his biological father, he fell into a depression, and didn’t want to believe it was true. “I was frightened and angry. It’s like finding out that Adolf Hitler is your father,” Roberts told The Sun.
Roberts said he has corresponded with Charles Manson where he is in a California prison. Roberts said anything he receives from Manson is signed with his signature swastika.
Roberts had been searching for his biological parents for 12 years before his discovery. He first was able to locate his biological mother, who lives in Wisconsin. She finally told Roberts his father was Charles Manson and that he raped her in 1967.
Matthew grew up in Rockford, Illinois, and didn’t even know he was adopted until his sister told him when he ten years-old
He said he really loved adoptive parents but always knew he was different. He says: “My parents were great people, but very conservative.
“They were products of the Fifties and I didn’t relate to them. My biological parents were products of the Sixties and I take on a lot more of those characteristics.”
His adoptive father tried to discourage him from contacting Manson, telling him: “Nothing good will come from this.”
Matthew now lives in Los Angeles, and began investigating his family history about twelve years ago when a social services agency helped him locate his biological mother Terry.
He wrote his mother and she confirmed she was his mother and had named him Lawrence Alexander. She didn’t reveal his last name though.
Terry didn’t speak of his father’s identity until he kept asking for details in their correspondence and she finally revealed the truth.
Roberts’ biological mother said she met Charles Manson in 1967, two years before the “manson family” murders in LA.
Terry’s father tried to keep her away and called Manson a “white-trash biker”, but of course Terry found him charismatic.
Terry hoped a bus with the Manson Family and ended up in San Francisco. Terry claims she was raped by Manson in a drug-fueled orgy, after which she returned home and Matthew was born on March 22, 1968.
Terry always believed Manson was the father of the baby she gave up for adoption. When Terry saw Matthew’s photo, there was no doubt in her mind.
Just like his father, Matthew is a poet and songwriter, and worries he may have inherited schizophrenia from his father.
Matthew, who is now working as a DJ, recalls hearing his mother Terry’s bombshell: “She even said, ‘You look just like him’.
“I’m not nuts but I’ve got a little bit of it. It’s scary and upsetting. If I get worked up, my eyes get really big and that’s really freaked some people out before.
“I’ve tried to tone that down quite a bit. I don’t like having that effect on people.
“I don’t even like the fact that I’m big. It makes me even scarier. My hero is Gandhi. I’m an extremely non-violent, peaceful person and a vegetarian.
“I don’t even kill bugs. I’ve had long hair all my life. I could make it go away, but I can’t let the world and their fears change me.” After discovering the truth, it took Matthew five years to pluck up the courage to write to his father at Corcoran State Prison in California.
According to Matthew, the letters mainly rambled and said “crazy things” but Manson did confirm he could be his father.
In one twisted letter he wrote: “The truth is the truth. The truth hurts.”
In another note Manson talked about meeting Matthew’s mother. He wrote: “I remember her. We came back to LA on the super-cheap train.”
Charles Manson also grew up without a father in the picture.
He said: “You got the same father I got. A hobo just left on the midnight train and died, lost at sea.” Then in a postcard two years ago, addressed to Matthew’s birth name Lawrence Alexander, Manson sent his son his prison phone number.
Matthew has never called his father yet though.
He says: “There’s always a subconscious block.
“What I’m worried about is that you think you’re going to meet your birth mother or father and they’re going to love you and welcome you with open arms. But he’s not that kind of person.”
Matthew says he can identify with his father in some ways.
He says: “If I did talk to Charlie on the phone, I would say, ‘I truly understand what it’s like to be you, more than anyone could ever imagine on so many levels’.
“He’s my biological father – I can’t help but have some kind of emotional connection. That’s the hardest thing of all – feeling love for a monster who raped my mother.
“I don’t want to love him, but I don’t want to hate him either.”
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