New evidence has surfaced that the deceased Charles Manson left his entire estate to a pen pal that he developed while serving his sentence. The pen pal, who spoke to TMZ and asked that his name not be revealed, began reaching out to Manson via letters in the ‘90s. He wrote over 50 letters to him before Manson finally responded in 1997.
The two exchanged letters and phone calls for two decades. The man even dropped by to visit Manson in prison several times. TMZ obtained a copy of the make-do will which was allegedly drafted by Manson. The will is typed out. However, there is a handwritten section of the document and when checked against Manson’s verified writing, they appear to be very similar.
The will was dated February 14, 2002, and it leaves all of Manson’s personal artifacts including cash, image rights, and clothing to Manson’s pen pal. Manson also left behind his “exclusive music catalog” to the man. Manson had considered himself a songwriter and had even written a song for the Beach Boys that the group recorded.
As for his body, the will stipulates that it be turned over to his pen pal as well. According to TMZ’s report, the pen pal says that he has plans to claim the body. However, if he does not do it within 10 days of Manson’s death, the prison will cremate him.
His belongings belong entirely to the pen pal as Manson had previously disinherited his children, ex-wives, in-laws, lawyers, friends, fellow inmates, cops, guards, and the state of California.
The man claims that he and Manson struck up a friendship over the two decades of correspondence and after many phone calls and letters, they eventually met in 2002. That was the same year that Manson drafted his will.
There is a handwritten note by Manson that is attached to the 2002 will that says, “I’m not in the best spot to rest in peace.” The note is supplemented by Manson’s signature, as well as the signature of a fellow inmate who acted as the witness.
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