TMZ: Charles Manson Leaves Estate to Pen Pal

November 24, 2017 Last Updated: November 24, 2017

Charles Manson reportedly left his estate to his pen pal, and it might actually be valuable.

TMZ reported that the unnamed pen pal “began writing Manson in the ’90s and the 2 exchanged letters and phone calls for 2 decades,” and he “even visited Manson in prison from time to time.”

A copy of Manson’s will was left behind. The will was typed but some parts were written by hand. “We checked the handwriting in the will against Manson’s known handwriting, and they appear very similar,” TMZ reported.

The will was dated February 14, 2002, and it leaves all of the killer’s personal belongings, including cash, image rights, and clothing to the pen pal. It also leaves behind his music catalog to the man.

Charles Manson in March of 2009. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images)

The will also stipulates that his body should be turned over to the pen pal, and he has 10 days after his death to handle it, according to California state law. If he doesn’t act within the 10-day period, the state will hire an undertaker and cremate him.

According to TMZ, Manson “specifically disinherited his known children, ex-wives, in-laws, lawyers, friends, prisoners, inmates, cops, guards, and the State of California.”

The pen pal, who asked not to be named, told TMZ he began writing to Manson in the 1990s out of curiosity. After more than 50 letters, Manson finally wrote back in 1997. Later, they spoke over the phone and the two met in 2002—the same year the will was created.

The man said that he visited Manson on Oct. 21—just about a month before his death at age 83.

The will includes a note from the killer, which says, “I’m not in the best spot to rest in peace.” It also contains his signature.

There are several men who claim to be the grandsons or sons of Manson. According to the will, he didn’t leave anything to them.

The most recent image of Charles Manson, taken in August (L)(Courtesy of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation). Hollywood in Los Angeles (Top R). (Oreos via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA). Manson’s followers killed actress Sharon Tate (pictured with her husband Roman Polanski) in her Los Angeles Home along with four others on Aug. 9, 1969 (Bottom R). (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Manson died of natural causes on Nov. 19 at a Kern County hospital. A statement by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation gave no further details of the circumstances surrounding his death.

He had been serving a life sentence at the nearby Corcoran State Prison for ordering the murders of nine people, including actress Sharon Tate.

Later, Manson seemed resigned to a life of incarceration, ceasing to even attend his parole review hearings after 1997.

“What would I want out for?” he said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. “This beats an old folks’ home.”

In April 2012, Manson was quoted by parole officials as having told a prison psychologist the previous fall: “I have put five people in the grave. I’ve been in prison most of my life. I‘m a very dangerous man.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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