- Cult leader Charles Manson was featured in Mindhunter‘s second season.
- Viewers are curious about his real-life family.
- Here’s what happened to Manson’s children.
The recent surge of Charles Manson-related content has spurred an interest into the cult leader’s real life, with Mindhunter and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood viewers wondering about the true story of the Manson family and whether Manson is still alive.
True crime fans are also interested in learning more about Manson’s real-life family, and if he had any children. There have been many, many people that have claimed to be one of Manson’s children, but their claims are pretty sketchy.
Did Charles Manson have kids?
Charles Manson had three sons. His eldest child, Charles Manson Jr. was born in 1956, after Manson married a hospital waitress named Rosalie Jean Willis in 1955. At the time of Charles Jr.’s birth, Manson was in jail for violating his probation after he stole a car and took it across state lines. Manson and Rosalie divorced in 1958.
Charles Luther Manson is Manson’s second child, and he was born to Manson and Leona Rae “Candy” Steven, who married the cult leader in 1959. The couple divorced four years later, in 1963.
Valentine Michael Manson is Manson’s third child, and he was born in 1968. Valentine’s mother, Mary Brunner, is said to be the first member of Manson’s “family.”
What happened to Charles Manson’s children?
Charles Jr. changed his name to Jay White after his mother married a man named Jack White. Charles Jr. reportedly struggled with his connection to Manson, and in 1993, he killed himself. Charles Jr.’s son, Jason Freeman, told CNN that, “He just couldn’t let it go. He couldn’t live it down. He couldn’t live down who his father was.” After Manson died in 2017, Freeman was awarded the the rights to his grandfather’s body, and he helped organize Manson’s funeral.
There isn’t much known about Manson’s second child, Charles Luther, and his whereabouts are currently unknown. Some reports state that he changed his name to Jay Charles Warner, others believe that he has a daughter, and it’s also been reported that he has passed away.
Valentine is the only one of Manson’s children that has been open to speaking about his relationship with the cult leader. Valentine’s mother is the infamous “Mother Mary” of the Manson family, and after the Tate-LaBianca murders, Valentine went to live with his maternal grandparents in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He then changed his name to Michael Brunner, and he now has a son himself.
In 1993, Brunner gave an interview with KCBS, and he explained that he feels no connection to Manson, and he considers his grandparents to be his real parents.