Charles Manson’s purported sons are out of the fight for his estate, judge rules

Matthew Lentz
Matthew Lentz, who says he was fathered at an orgy by Charles Manson.
(Brian Melley / Associated Press)

A Los Angeles judge has eliminated two purported sons of Charles Manson from the battle over his estate.

Judge Clifford Klein on Friday narrowed the case down to a man who says he’s the cult leader’s grandson and a memorabilia collector who was pen pals with Manson.

The fight over the estate has evolved since Manson died in November at 83. He was serving a life sentence for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others.

Clifford dismissed the cases of Matthew Lentz, a musician who says he was fathered by Manson at a 1967 orgy, and Michael Brunner, whose mother was a member of the “Manson family.”


Lentz had asked for more time to find a lawyer, but Clifford said he blew several deadlines.

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