Often times people who are adopted are dissuaded from looking for their birth parents, saying they might not like what they find. Well, one California man learned that lesson quite well when he found out his father is mass murderer Charles Manson.
Fortunately, 41-year-old Matthew Roberts (left) is the polar opposite of his biological father. He's a pacifist whose hero is Gandhi. "It's like finding out Adolph Hitler is your father," Roberts told the London's The Sun newspaper.
Roberts, a California DJ, said he began investigating his birth parents about a dozen years ago. He found his mother, Terry, in Wisconsin, but she was reluctant to tell him about his father. Eventually she told him that his father is one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, that he was conceived when Manson raped her in a drug-fueled orgy in 1967.
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"I didn’t want to believe it," Roberts said. "I was frightened and angry. I’m a peaceful person -- trapped in the face of a monster."
For a while, Roberts did nothing. Then five years after learning the truth, he wrote to Manson at his federal prison in California. Manson replied with letters and postcards signed with swastikas. He confirmed that is he the father, writing about his time with Terry.
Two years ago, Roberts said he received a postcard from Manson with a prison phone number, but Roberts never made the call.
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Roberts was born about a year before Manson masterminded the murders of nine people in Los Angeles in 1969, including actress Sharon Tate, the wife of film director Roman Polanski.
"He’s my biological father. I can’t help but have some kind of emotional connection. That's the hardest thing of all - feeling love for a monster who raped my mother," Roberts said. "I don’t want to love him, but I don’t want to hate him either."