By Lane V. Erickson, Idaho Estate Planning Attorney
Charles Manson was a criminal in America who is commonly known as a cult leader. In the late 1960s he formed what many people knew as the Manson Family which was a quasi-commune located in California. In July and August of 1969 Manson’s followers committed a series of nine murders at his instructions. In 1971 Charles Manson was convicted of first-degree murder and the conspiracy to commit murder for the death of 7 people. Manson was sent to prison in April of 1971. Manson had several parole hearings during his lifetime but each time his petition for parole was rejected.
Manson died while incarcerated on November 19, 2017. According to My News LA.com, “a man who says Charles Manson is his father wants a Los Angeles judge to dismiss the claims of two others competing with him for probate of the estate of the late mass murderer.”