A Man’s Helter-Skelter Search For His Birth Parents

Here is the best reason ever to not try to find your birth parents. Terry, a Wisconsin woman with a wild past, was contacted recently by Robert Matthews, a DJ in Los Angeles who was adopted and wanted to find his biological parents. Terry was confirmed to have been his mother, and it seems like she was willing to give him as many answers as she could about his family history. But she was significantly tight-lipped about the identity of Robert’s father. After repeated requests from Robert, Terry finally told him. She was pretty sure Robert was conceived in California, in 1967, during a drugged-out orgy, where she was raped—by Charles Manson. Comparing photographs of the two men seems to dispel any hopes that Terry ID’d the wrong guy—they look identical. Robert did some soul-searching and finally decided to get in touch with Manson. He now sends Robert postcards signed with swastikas and other familial gestures, like the phone number to Manson’s prison, which Robert has never called. “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,” says Robert. “I don’t want to love him, but I don’t want to hate him either.” If it helps at all, we can hate him for you, Robert. [BuzzFeed]

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