Charles Manson leaves estate to pen pal
CHARLES Manson has left his entire estate to a pen pal, according to a report.
The pen pal began corresponding with Manson in the 1990s and exchanged letters and phone calls with him for about 20 years, TMZ reported.
The New York Post reports that the man - who asked the gossip site not to name him - even occasionally visited Manson at California's Corcoran State Prison, where the notorious madman died Sunday of natural causes at age 83.
TMZ said it obtained a copy of a crudely written will that it was told was drafted by Manson. The typed document also contains handwriting that appears very similar to Manson's known scrawl, according to the site.
The will, dated February 14, 2002, leaves all of Manson's belongings - including cash, image rights and clothing - to the pen pal, as well as his "exclusive music catalogue."
Manson, a former fringe singer-songwriter in Los Angeles, had an association with Dennis Wilson, drummer and founding member of the Beach Boys. He even wrote a song the group recorded.
If the pen pal doesn't claim Manson's body, which the will provides for, within 10 days of Manson's death, the prison will cremate him, the site reported.
The man told TMZ he began writing Manson out of curiosity, and after more than 50 letters without a reply, Manson finally wrote him back in 1997.
The pen pal said he met Manson in person for the first time in 2002, the same year Manson drafted the will. He claimed he got his last phone call from Manson on October 21.
The will includes a handwritten note from Manson, saying, "I'm not in the best spot to rest in peace," along with his signature.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post