Notorious mass murderer Charles Manson has left his estate to a pen pal who began writing to him in the 1990s, according to TMZ.
TMZ on Friday reported that it had obtained a copy of a crudely written will whose drafting was credited to Manson.
The document is typed but contains handwriting similar to previous known writing samples from Manson.
The will – which is dated February 14, 2002 – leaves all of Manson’s personal belongings to the pen pal, who asked TMZ not to use his name.
The pen pal will receive Manson’s money, clothing, image rights and “exclusive music catalog” following the infamous cult leader’s death last Sunday.
The will also states that Manson’s body should be turned over to the pen pal, who says that he will claim it.
California state law dictates that if Manson’s body is not claimed within 10 days of his death, the prison that housed him will cremate it.
Manson’s will specifically disinherits his known children, wives, in-laws, friends, lawyers, cops, prisoners, inmates, prison guards and the state of California.
The pen pal on Friday told TMZ that he began corresponding with Manson in the 1990s, drafting more than 50 messages before the latter finally responded in 1997.
The man claimed that they then began a friendship which included multiple other letters, phone calls, and ultimately a meeting between them in 2002.
TMZ’s source added that he visited Manson at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California several times after their first encounter.
The pen pal noted that he got his last phone call from Manson on October 21, mere weeks before the criminal’s death.
“I’m not in the best spot to rest in peace,” Manson said in a handwritten note included in his 2002 will provided to his pen pal.
Manson died last Sunday at age 83 after becoming one of the most feared and recognized criminals in the U.S.
The cult leader founded what was later known as “The Manson Family,” a group that later carried out nine murders across four locations in 1969.
The “Manson Family” murders shocked America, exposing the dark underside of the counterculture movement during the late 1960s.