Who Is Charles Luther Manson? Truth About Charles Manson’s Son

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Who Is Charles Luther Manson? Truth About Charles Manson’s Son
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Charles Luther Manson is the son of the late notorious criminal, Charles Manson. Luther’s father, the infamous Manson led the Manson Family, a cult based in California, who was responsible for killing nine people between July and August 1969.

Charles did leave a family of his own whilst also enjoying a conventional life of being a father and a husband on more than one occasion. However, none of his family members; either ex-wives or children had a long-term relationship with him.

In fact, from what it appeared, they seemed to care little to none about the convicted criminal. Also, each of them did pretty well hiding from the public exposure so much so that not even the death of some of them made it to the media. One such name is that of Charles Manson‘s second son, Charles Luther Manson.

Charles Luther Manson Profile Summary

  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: September 24th, 1960
  • Age: 62-Year-Old
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Nationality: American
  • Horoscope: Libra
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Parents: Charles Manson and Leona Candy Stevens
  • Siblings: Charles Manson Jr.
  • Height: 5ft 10inches/178 cm
  • Net Worth: $100,000

Key Takeaways

He is the second oldest child of the late Charles Manson and his ex-wife, Candy Stevens.
Charles reportedly changed his name to Jay Charles Warner.
Charles has three half-siblings, Charles Manson Jr (Jay White), Valentine Michael Manson, and Paul. 
His brother Jay White passed away after committing suicide due to his relation to the criminal Charles Manson.
Luther has a couple of children, yet he never talked about his married life or relationship.
According to reports, he passed away at the age of 47 in 2007.

Charles Luther Manson Wiki

He was born on September 24, 1960, in the United States of America. Charles belongs to the

Luther’s mother, Candy Stevens, originally, Leona Rae Musser was born around the year 1940 as per Jeff Guinn’s Manson, The Life and Times of Charles Manson-Simon & Schuster (2013).

A mugshot of Charles Luther Manson's dad, Charles
Luther’s father, Charles Manson died on November 19, 2017. Source: Corcoran Prison, California

While it is unclear where her birthplace was or her family, biographers have mentioned she was in Los Angeles, California when she first met Manson. She was at the time a prostitute. Though it is unclear if Charles prompted her to do such a job or if she was in the profession from the beginning.

Likewise, the book, The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion by author, Ed Sanders reports police had said Stevens to them appeared as a Caucasian woman.

Charles Luther Manson’s Parents’ Marriage was a Sham 

Luther’s parents married in 1959. Manson married Stevens in order to prevent her from testifying against him. At the time, the law forbade wives to speak against their husbands.

Leona, still, attested and her then-husband went to prison again. She apparently did so to get her own charges dropped, thereby becoming a “material witness.”

In March 1960, Leona became pregnant with Charles Luther Manson.

Luther’s biological parents, Leona and Manson officially separated in January 1963. Candy got full custody of her son.

Charles Manson Married Charles Luther’s mom To Avoid Prison Times

As per the biographies and reports, the time was probably around the mid-’50s and Luther’s mother was working in the street for Charles Sr.

She had also once lied about her pregnancy to convince the judge and jury to pardon her killer husband. Candy said if they let go, she and Manson would get married and start a family.

After getting out of prison, in December 1959, Charles drove Candy and another girl from California to New Mexico. The police, however, caught them and the head of the Manson family faced fresh federal charges of violating the Mann Act, which prohibited transporting women across state lines for prostitution.

He never met his infamous dad

As much as we’d like to say how shocking is that a child didn’t even meet his dad, it is normal here. At the time of his birth, Luther’s dad Charles was in prison. Throughout his growing up, his notorious father was in and out of prison.

His mother, Leona raised him all by herself. We can guess that Charles wanted to meet his criminal dad but upon learning about the heinous crimes he committed, he might have foreclosed that decision. One can wonder if Charles Luther even wanted to have any part of his father.

Where Is His Mother, Candy Stevens Now?

Leona Rae Musser had little to do with their ex-husband after the divorce. Sources mention she did her best to hide herself and her son from infamy and public attention.

To date, she hasn’t been part of any headlines.

Candy Stevens is the former wife of the notorious criminal Charles Stevens. Stevens married Manson in the late '50s but separated from him in the early '60s. Together, they had one child.
Charles Luther Manson’s mother, Candy Stevens was a sex worker who worked for Charles Manson in LA, California.

Luther’s late criminal father, on the other hand, yet again got engaged in November 2014 to a 26-year-old lady from Illinois, Afton Elaine Burton. Manson and Burton, however, couldn’t marry as the former thought his wife-to-be only wanted to marry him for publicity. Afton, as for herself said the wedding couldn’t happen because Charles’ marriage license had expired.

Luther’s father nonetheless died on November 19, 2017.

Charles Luther Manson’s Sibling

Luther had a half-brother, Jay White (originally, Charles Manson Jr). He was born through Charles Manson’s first marriage to Rosalie Jean Willis.

In 1993, Charles Luther Manson's half-brother, Jay White ended his life shooting himself in the head in Burlington, Colorado.
Charles Luther Manson had a half-brother, (right)Jay White (originally, Charles Manson Jr). He was born through Charles Manson’s first marriage to his first wife, Rosalie Jean Willis. Source: Biography

In 1993, White ended his life by shooting himself in the head in Burlington, Colorado. White’s estranged son, Jason Freeman, told CNN in 2012 that he believed his father took his own life because of the fact that he was Manson’s son. White, however, didn’t leave any suicide notes.

Much like his grandfather, Jason also had it rough growing up. He too reportedly spent time as a child in and out of juvenile detention centers, county jail, and eventually prison. Though he is since leading a clean life.

His Other Brother 

Luther’s father, Charles Manson also had a third son, Valentine Michael Manson. He was born in 1968 to his devoted follower Mary Brunner in a house in Topanga Canyon. Mary, a UC Berkeley campus librarian, was Manson’s follower to join the cult group, The Manson Family.

Michael Brunner, the son of Charles Manson and his follower Mary Brunner, was born one year before the Sharon Tate murders.(Jessica Q. Chen / Los Angeles Times)
Charles Luther Manson’s father, Charles Manson also had a third son, Valentine Michael Manson. Source: Jessica Q Chen/ LA Times

Rumor has it Manson named his son Valentine after the protagonist of his favorite novel Stranger In A Strange Land, by the writer, Robert Heinlein.

Much like Luther and Manson Jr, Valentine too didn’t live long with his father’s name. In 1970, Mary’s parents filed a petition for Valentine’s guardianship, which they won.

They then changed his name to Michael Brunner. Reportedly, Michael also sees his father as an evil person and is very grateful to grow up with his grandparents in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

One of Luther’s brothers was born in Prison

The infamous criminal also welcomed another son named Phoenix aka Paul with his ex-girlfriend, Catherine ‘Gypsy’ Share. Paul’s mother was a member of the Manson family and was convicted of witness intimidation in the 1970 Tate-LaBianca Murder Trial. She gave birth to her son in jail.

Besides, Paul, just like his half-siblings, grew up without a father figure. As both of his mom and dad were in prison, just minutes after he was born he was put in a foster home. He saw his mom for the first time at the age of 3, at a state prison.

Other Reported Offsprings of the Manson Clan

It is still unclear how many children Manson fathered while still alive. When a reporter asked the late killer in 1981 about the number of children he has, Manson replied,

“Uh, I don’t know. I’ve got lots of children, man. Uh, in fact sometimes I even think that you’re a child.”

Up until his death, there were people who claimed to be Manson’s children but each of their paternity tests said otherwise. Some of the names were Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz, born to Susan Atkins, and Ivan, born to Sandra Good.

Additionally, an aspiring rock musician from Los Angeles, Matthew Roberts, also claimed to be Manson’s heir. Jason Freeman was another name who claimed he was Manson’s grandson, though his DNA test proved he was from Charles’ lineage.

Furthermore, Rebecca Evans-Bonyadi from Los Angeles also claimed she was the criminal’s daughter, but so far there has been no definite proof.

Was Charles Luther Manson Married?

No, he was not married. The covert life of Charles’ second son allowed almost no detail regarding how he lived most of his life. Some people still believe that Jay is still alive while others are certain he has very much kicked the bucket.

There are not much information about Charles' second son, Charles Luther Manson. Some people still believe that Jay is still alive.
In April 2017, Manson Blog reported that Charles Luther Manson did have a family and at least a daughter. This alleged daughter of him provided a very blurry picture of him.

In April 2017, Manson Blog reported that Warner did have a family and at least a daughter. In fact, she also provided a picture of him, albeit blurry. However, people argue the theory lacks DNA testing and all.

Where is he now?

He allegedly died in 2007 at age the of forty-seven. Some claimed Warner was a tall man with blond hair and blue eyes.

Of Manson’s children, Luther was the most successful at maintaining anonymity. In 1976, he reportedly changed his name to Jay Charles Warner; the first name coincided with his deceased half-brother.


What happened to Charles Luther Manson?

He changed his name to Jay Charles White. He lived a rather hidden life without the prying eye of the media.

Is Charles Luther Manson still alive?

If online reports are anything to go by, he reportedly passed away at the age of 47 in 2007.

Who was Charles Luther Manson mother?

His mom is Candy Stevens.

What are the infamous Manson murders?

Luther’s father’s cult killed nine people making them a criminal overnight.


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