April 23rd, 2012
09:46 PM ET

Charles Manson's son? Man's DNA tested

Charles Manson casts a long shadow. No one knows that better than his grandson, Jason Freeman, who is speaking out for the first time about growing up under, what he calls, a "family curse" started by Manson and his so-called "Manson family."

"I'm personally, I'm coming out," says the 6-foot-2 kickboxer and cage fighter. Freeman, whose father killed himself in 1993, is "coming out," he says, because he wants the real Manson family to stop hiding from a name that still has the power to evoke fear.

Today, Freeman wants to understand his roots and himself a bit better, two things denied him as a child. He knew from a young age that Charles Manson was his grandfather, but it never registered till one day in eighth-grade history class, said Freeman. Our teacher " ... was talking about Charles Manson and I'm looking around like, are there people staring at me?"

Forbidden from talking about Charles Manson to his school friends lest they tease and taunt him, Freeman always felt different from the other kids. Even behind closed doors and with his own family, talk about Charles Manson was discouraged. He was not permitted to ask his grandmother, Rosalie, about Charles Manson, the man she married in 1955. It was a ghostly elephant roaming through his life.


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  1. Jim

    it seems much more likely that matthew is manson's son and the grandson is not actually related to manson; either he or his dad could have had different fathers and just not know it, making the Y-chromosome test useless. Matthew should still try to get Manson's DNA and have it tested....I hope he doesn't give up!

    April 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  2. keri

    I know matthew and the man is like a twin to manson, I feel he needs mansons dna to actually prove it, I would not trust that this could be his grandson, its a simple piece of hair from manson..hmmmmmmm can he get visitors??

    April 25, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  3. Debbie

    I was surprised at the DNA results. It makes me wonder if the grandson who was also tested is actually from the Manson family. Perhaps grandson's father who committed suicide was never proven to be from Manson. To put this case to rest, DNA only from Charles Manson is needed.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  4. Kanishka Chakraborty

    I was watching news story regarding DNA test to find out family link for Charles Manson. DNA test showed Mr. Roberts is not related to Charles Manson. I am curious to know opinion of DNA lab and genetic expert regarding possibility of Charles Manson being super male with 46XYY. In that case, is not there a rare possibility that these two individuals could have shared two different Y chromosomes? Only way to prove is to make sure that Charles Manson had normal karyotype. Super males are known to have aggressive behavior due to poor IQ. I would be very much interested in knowing opinion from DNA lab.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm |