Charles Manson Jr., the first-born son of the infamous cult leader Charles Manson, tragically killed himself in June 1993 because of his father’s violent legacy.
His life had been spent trying to avoid this legacy, but it ended with suicide after he could not escape the crushing weight of Manson Sr.’s violence.
It is believed that Manson Jr. committed suicide to escape his father’s legacy, but his real motive was never uncovered.
Today, the tragic Manson legacy lives on through Manson Jr.’s son, Jason Freeman, who is actively trying to regain access to the Manson estate after the death of Manson Sr.
10 His Mother Was Only 15 When She Had Him
Charles Manson Jr.’s mother, Rosalie Jean Willis, was only 15 when she married then-20-year-old Charles Manson and gave birth to Manson Jr. Willis left Manson after being in and out of jail several times for stealing a car in California.
With Manson in prison and with a child on the way, Willis divorced Manson to escape his violent tendencies and moved away to raise her son alone in peace.
9 He Had Two Other Siblings
Many people may not know about Charles Manson because he had a pretty sizable biological family other than his cult. Manson Jr. had two other siblings that Manson Sr. had with two different women after Willis left him.
Unfortunately, his siblings were met with similarly tragic deaths and lives. Not much is known about the second son, Charles Luther Manson, but he is now in his 50s and living under a different name.
Valentine Michael Manson, the last sibling, was born to one of Manson’s cult members and was taken away to live with his grandparents. They later changed his name to Michael Brunner to help protect him from his father.