Can You Find a Relative of Charles Manson?

Cult leader Charles Manson doesn’t appear to have any relatives on file with prison officials, meaning his body is likely to be left in state custody following his death on Sunday night. This sounds like a challenge for genealogists: find his nearest living relative.

Admittedly, not many would want to admit being related to the 83-year-old murderer serving nine life sentences at California’s Corcoran State Prison.

Charles Milles Manson was born with the name Charles Milles Maddox on November 12, 1934. According to Wikipedia, his mother was an unmarried 16-year-old with various names. She is listed as Kathleen Manson-Bower-Cavender, née Maddox (1918–1973). Manson was born in the General Hospital, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His birth name was first listed as “no name Maddox”. Within weeks, he was called Charles Milles Maddox.

Charles Manson’s biological father appears to have been Colonel Walker Henderson Scott Sr. (1910–1954) against whom Kathleen Maddox filed a paternity suit that resulted in an agreed judgment in 1937. Manson might have never known his biological father.

In the biography Manson in His Own Words, Colonel Scott is said to have been “a young drugstore cowboy … a transient laborer working on a nearby dam project”. Scott worked intermittently in local mills, but had a reputation as a con-man. He allowed Maddox to believe that he was an army colonel, although “Colonel” was merely his given name.

Can anyone find a living relative of Charles Manson?

Relatives have 10 days to come forward and claim his body. After that, the state of California will assume responsibility.


A project fo Finding Your Roots. Did the state get a DNA sample fo him?


Why would anyone want to claim him?


Such a sad beginning.


The promulgation of the term “cult leader” minimizes the true character of Manson: a mentally ill, psychotropic, psychopathic sadist. Tell the jailer to swab his cheek for DNA.


“Claim” him implies that the person/people doing so will end up paying for his burial. Who would want to pay for Charles Manson’s burial?? If nobody claims him, he’ll be buried by the state, at their expense, no doubt in an unmarked grave on prison grounds.

Someone I knew slightly burned all his bridges to his family, though they knew where he was. A funeral home knew who and where they were, too. They made multiple calls to his siblings and his only child, pleading with them to give him a “proper” burial. They painted a dire picture of his identity being “irrevocably lost to history” if he were buried in an unmarked grave, milking the situation for all it was worth, trying to make the family feel guilty. It didn’t work. The man went to his unmarked grave unmourned. Coincidentally, this man died in California as well, though not in prison. He was simply unloved, for good reason.


I read he had 3 sons. Just google it. The “jr.” committed suicide. Then there is this article of a grandson:


One of my friends is a 2nd or 3rd cousin. I don’t know if she’s the closest relative. I sent her the article.


I think the only reason to claim him is an “Oh, really?” comment you would get from people.


TV news Orlando on Thursday morning reported that his grandson was going to have his body cremated and brought to Bradenton FL. And maybe create a memorial to him.


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