Anyone who is adopted can't help but wonder where they came from and who are their real parents. This was the question for Matthew Roberts, 41, a Los Angeles disc jockey.
Roberts is a very gentle man and a follower of Gandhi. After contacting a social services agency he was able to find his natural mother, Terry, in Wisconsin.
Meeting her begs the remaining question, who is my father? Avoiding the answer, Terry, gave him his born name Lawrence, but no more.
Roberts with persistance asked that same question. When she finally told him, it is not what one would expect. His father was the "most infamous serial killer the world has ever known." His father was.
Being a product of a rape after a "drug-fueled orgy" in 1967, she gave him up for adoption.
Roberts feelings were very harsh, as they should be. "I'm a peaceful person-trapped in the face of a monster." Among his reactions he also said, "It's like finding out thatis your father."
Five years had past before he finally contacted Mason, 75, at the Corcoran State Prison in California. Manson did reply, sending letters marked with the Nazi swastika symbol, like that tattooed on his forehead. One of the letters had a prison phone number, it has gone undialed. Roberts never called.