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Los Angeles musician could be Charles Manson's son

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(CBS 8) - A Los Angeles musician claims it was late in life when he learned Charles Manson was his dad. While DNA testing has never confirmed this, the man swears his story is true.

Matthew Roberts says it's like finding out your father is Hitler. At first he didn't want to believe it, but now he admits the evidence is overwhelming.

His 17 year old mother gave him up for adoption when he was just a couple days old...

"Apparently it was a drug induced orgy," Roberts said.

Roberts grew up in a happy home in Illinois, but eventually he wanted to learn more about his biological parents. At age 29 he found his mom, and from her he learned his dad could be Charles Manson.

"I don't know, I mean it's so crazy. How could you believe something so ridiculous, but then how could I not given all the evidence?" he said.

In photos of Roberts and Manson in their early 30s, there's no denying they look similar. So Roberts wrote Manson, and less than a week later he got a letter back from inmate B33920 at Corcoran State Prison.

Manson and his "family" of followers went on their killing spree a year after Roberts was born.

"One of his letters that he wrote me, he says he wrote a song for me. He says 'Believe me soul as true as words can be,'" Roberts said.

Not only did Manson write that he remembered Roberts' mom, but sent one letter addressed to L Alexander. Roberts' birth name was Lawrence Alexander, something he never told Manson.

Manson went on to write that he tried to have a relationship with Roberts' mom but was run off by her dad, who called him biker trash, details Roberts' mom confirms.

"Well, when I got the letter from him and said he was there and remembered her and the grandfather thing, 'biker trash', that's when I was, oh my God, you've go to be kidding me," Roberts said.

Roberts says he became depressed after learning the news and couldn't eat. Although he's never confirmed the connection through DNA, he does believe Manson is his biological father.

Roberts says he doesn't want to love him, but doesn't want to hate him either.

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