The Tragic Story Of Ryan Dunn, The 'Jackass' Daredevil Who Died In A Fiery Car Crash

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He was just 34 years old when he died in 2011.

Ryan Dunn

Dave Benett/Getty Images The death of Ryan Dunn cast a dark shadow over the Jackass franchise.

Around 3 a.m. on June 20, 2011, Ryan Dunn crashed his Porsche into a guardrail in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. His vehicle then landed in the nearby woods, where it burst into flames. Ryan Dunn did not survive the crash — and his death left countless fans in mourning.

Known for starring on the Jackass TV show, Dunn was one of the most daring stunt performers on set. A close friend of costar Bam Margera, Dunn helped popularize the nascent genre of amateur stunts and crude pranks. Margera and Dunn started releasing the infamous daredevil video series CKY in 1999, which would serve as the eventual template for Jackass.

Premiering on MTV in October 2000, Jackass became a worldwide phenomenon. Margera and Dunn were overjoyed that their mischief spurred fame and fortune. But while viewers enjoyed the brazen stunts, the camaraderie of the cast was the true heart. That changed forever in 2011.

On the night of his death, Ryan Dunn drank with abandon at Barnaby’s West Chester bar. Then, Dunn and his friend, a production assistant named Zachary Hartwell, took off in Dunn’s Porsche. At some point while on the road, Dunn accelerated to 130 miles per hour and veered off Route 322. Tragically, this move would spell the demise of both Dunn and Hartwell.

“I’ve never seen a car destroyed in an automobile accident the way this car was even before it caught on fire,” said West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll. “The automobile actually came apart. It was unbelievable and I’ve been on a lot of fatal accident scenes. This is by far the worst I’ve ever seen.”

This is the full, tragic story behind the life and death of Ryan Dunn

The Rise Of A “Jackass”

Ryan Dunn And Bam Margera

MTV Jackass costars Ryan Dunn and Bam Margera met on the first day of high school.

Ryan Matthew Dunn was born on June 11, 1977, in Medina, Ohio. His family soon moved to Williamsville, New York, but later settled in West Chester, Pennsylvania, just in time for high school. It was on his first day of class that Ryan Dunn met his friend and future costar Bam Margera.

The family move to West Chester was meant to curb Dunn’s burgeoning drug use, but the new town still became a proverbial playground for the 15-year-old and his wild new friend. While Margera was already a talented skateboarder and Dunn was eager to improve, they mainly recorded pranks and failed stunts that they could gleefully show to their friends.

Their growing crew of misfits eventually became locally famous after they started releasing videos under the name CKY, an acronym for “Camp Kill Yourself.” Meanwhile, Dunn also worked as a welder and at gas stations to support himself. But before long, his life would soon change overnight.

It all started when Margera’s friend Johnny Knoxville got his hands on CKY material in 2000. He wanted to use some of the footage for an upcoming project, which turned out to be the Jackass TV show. After premiering on MTV in October 2000, it attracted millions of young viewers.

But it would also pave the way for Dunn’s downfall.

Inside The Tragic Downfall And Death Of Ryan Dunn

Jackass Stars

Cheree Ray/FilmMagic/Getty Images Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, and Loomis Fall, pictured in 2008.

Jackass ran for about two years and led to a feature film in 2002. But as the crew became more famous, their work seemed to become more and more dangerous. As for Dunn, he was nicknamed “Random Hero” for taking on stunts that even some of his fellow costars refused to do.

Perhaps most telling, Dunn was obsessed with the power of fast cars. He once even flipped a car eight times with Margera as a passenger. Though Dunn would go on to receive 23 driving citations, 10 of which were for speeding, being a Jackass star meant that he almost never slowed down.

However, a serious injury from filming Jackass Number Two in 2006 did land Dunn in the hospital with a potentially fatal blood clot. He was also struggling with Lyme disease and depression during this time. But although he cut off contact with his friends for a couple of years, he ultimately rejoined the gang for Jackass 3D in 2010. He appeared to be happy.

But on June 20, 2011, 34-year-old Ryan Dunn fatefully got behind the wheel after a night of partying. Sources said that he may have had up to 11 drinks between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 2:21 a.m. Some of the last photos of Dunn alive show him at Barnaby’s in seemingly good spirits with numerous fans and friends, including the 30-year-old Zachary Hartwell.

A production assistant on the second Jackass film, Hartwell was also an Iraq War veteran who had just recently gotten married. Hartwell and Dunn had been out celebrating a new deal together when tragedy struck.

Shortly after they left the bar, they were both killed when Dunn careened off the road at 130 miles per hour and smashed through a guardrail into some nearby trees. Before long, Dunn’s car was engulfed in flames.

The impact shattered the vehicle into pieces, most of which were blackened by the fire. A skid mark left behind on the road — where Dunn had tried to brake or turn — spanned 100 feet. And Dunn’s body was so badly burned by the flames that he had to be identified by his tattoos and hair.

How Did Ryan Dunn Die?

Death Of Ryan Dunn

Jeff Fusco/Getty ImagesFans were heartbroken when they learned how Ryan Dunn died.

The day after Ryan Dunn’s death, Margera visited the crash site in disbelief.

“I’ve never lost anybody that I cared about. It’s my best friend,” Margera said. “He was the happiest person ever, the smartest guy. He had so much talent, and he had so many things going for him. This is not right, not right.”

To make a tragic situation even more upsetting, it was later revealed that Ryan Dunn had a blood-alcohol concentration of .196 when he died — which is more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania. Those closest to Ryan Dunn were shocked to hear that he was so intoxicated when he died, especially since witnesses said that he didn’t appear drunk that night.

Not even April Margera, who saw her son grow up with Dunn, wanted to accept it. “I have yelled at him for lots of things but he was not a big drinker and he was always responsible as far as I know, so I cannot believe he would do that,” she said. “I am sick because it is a waste, sick because I loved him, sick because he was talented, and sick because he is gone.”

Tragically, the cause of death for Ryan Dunn — and also Zachary Hartwell — was listed as both blunt force trauma and thermal trauma. It remains unclear whether the two men died immediately on impact — or suffered unspeakable pain as they slowly perished in the raging fire.

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Olympe De Gouges, The Revolutionary Feminist Who Was Beheaded

09-02-2020 · Olympe De Gouges, A Teenage Widow. The daughter of a butcher born on May 7, 1748, Marie Gouze reinvented herself after becoming widowed as a teenager. When her husband died, 16-year-old Gouze changed her name to …


In 1791, Olympe de Gouges called for an uprising of French women in her treatise, Declaration of the Rights of Woman. “Women, wake up; the tocsin of reason sounds throughout the universe; recognize your rights.”

During the height of the French Revolution, de Gouges feared that male revolutionaries would ignore women and so she became the most prominent voice calling for her gender’s rights.

De Gouges went too far though when she derided Robespierre’s Revolutionary Tribunal, and her enemies sent her to the guillotine.

Olympe De Gouges, A Teenage Widow

The daughter of a butcher born on May 7, 1748, Marie Gouze reinvented herself after becoming widowed as a teenager.

When her husband died, 16-year-old Gouze changed her name to Olympe de Gouges and moved to Paris on the arm of a wealthy businessman who paid her debts and left her an allowance, vowing never to remarry.

In Paris, de Gouges declared herself an intellectual and dedicated herself to reading the works of Enlightenment philosophers, but she quickly discovered the limits placed on 18th-century women.

Men deemed her illiterate and tried to bar her from writing plays. Yet by the 1780s, de Gouges had nonetheless established herself as a playwright when the Comédie Française staged her works.

Sketch Of Olympe De Gouges

Unknown/Louvre MuseumA watercolor portrait of Olympe de Gouges from 1793.

Even more shocking, de Gouges’s plays focused on political issues. Unlike other women playwrights who published anonymously or wrote plays focused on domestic issues, de Gouges used her writing to highlight injustice.

In her works, de Gouges took controversial positions on the rights of women, divorce, and slavery. She even discussed sexual double standards.

Among her works featuring women as leading characters, de Gouges wrote the first French play criticizing slavery as inhumane. The play was so controversial that riots broke out during one performance and many blamed de Gouges for starting the Haitian revolution.

In response, a male critic declared, “[t]o write a good play, one needs a beard.”

She went on to write 40 plays, two novels, and 70 political pamphlets.

Leading The 18th-Century Fight For Women’s Rights

De Gouges was part of a growing movement that fought for women’s rights. Drawing on the language of the Enlightenment, de Gouges demanded a new approach to a woman’s position in society.

She saw political activism as the key to change and advocated for the rights of unmarried mothers, the regulation of prostitution, and the elimination of the dowry system.

“Man, are you capable of being just? It is a woman who poses the question, you will not deprive her of that right at least. Tell me, what gives you sovereign over empire to oppress my sex? Your strength? Your talents?”

Marie de Gouges

Marriage and divorce appeared frequently in de Gouges’s writings. Based on her own experience, forced into marriage at 16, de Gouges described marriage as a form of exploitation, calling it the “tomb of trust and love.”

The institution of marriage did not garner love, de Gouges argued, but rather subjected women to “perpetual tyranny.” The solution, according to de Gouges, was the right to divorce and civil rights for all women, whether married or unmarried.

Indeed, the young playwright believed women’s rights was a part of the larger battle for human rights.

Fighting In The French Revolution

When the French Revolution broke out in 1789, de Gouges jumped into the fray.

The revolution offered new hope for changing society and attacking injustice. When de Gouges saw how the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man ignored women completely and the new National Assembly refused to extend citizenship rights to women, she knew the revolution was lacking.

Liberty Leading The People by Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix/Louvre MuseumLiberty Leading the People, 1830.

In response to these treatises, de Gouges wrote her most famous work, the Declaration of the Rights of Woman.

Published in 1791, the pamphlet argued that all of the rights French revolutionaries demanded for men should also apply to women. Its first declaration was that: “Woman is born free and remains equal to man in rights.”

The Declaration passionately argued for a woman’s right to own property, women’s representation in government, and rights for unmarried women.

“Women, when will you cease to be blind?” De Gouges wrote. “What advantages have you gathered in the Revolution?”

Considered a radical even before the French Revolution, de Gouges found eventually argued for more moderate, passive positions by 1792. That year, a Revolutionary newspaper wrote:

“Madame de Gouges would like to see a revolution without violence and without bloodshed. Her wish, which proves she has a good heart, is unattainable.”

Robespierre Execution

Unknown/Gallica Digital LibraryThe execution of Robespierre in 1794.

During King Louis XVI’s trial, de Gouges argued for the king’s exile rather than his execution. When Maximilien Robespierre rose to power and ushered in the Reign of Terror, de Gouges openly criticized his rule.

A proponent of constitutional monarchy, de Gouges soon found herself labeled an enemy of the Revolution.

Paying With Her Head

The Declaration of the Rights of Woman foreshadowed the end of de Gouges’s life. In one declaration, de Gouges held that “woman has the right to mount the scaffold, so she should have the right equally to mount the rostrum” or the podium from which to espouse her beliefs.

Just two years later, de Gouges faced arrest for these beliefs.

In 1793, de Gouges had called for a direct vote on France’s form of government. She spent the next three months in jail where she continued to publish works defending her political views.

But then on Nov. 2, 1793, the Revolutionary Tribunal convicted de Gouges of printing seditious works after a rushed trial.

The next day, they sent her to the guillotine.

De Gouges Taken To Guillotine

Mettais/Wikimedia CommonsThe execution of Olympe de Gouges by guillotine in 1793.

An anonymous Parisian chronicle captured de Gouges’s final moments:

“Yesterday, a most extraordinary person called Olympe de Gouges who held the imposing title of woman of letters was taken to the scaffold. She approached the scaffold with a calm and serene expression on her face.”

The chronicle summed up her crimes as an attempt “to unmask the [Jacobins],” which was the political group Robespierre endorsed and “they never forgave her, and she paid for her carelessness with her head.”

De Gouges knew the risks of challenging Robespierre’s Revolutionary Tribunal and yet, one month before her arrest, she wrote: “If you need the pure and spotless blood of a few innocent victims to bring forward your days of terrible retribution, add to this great campaign the blood of a woman. I have planned it all, I know that my death is inevitable.”

A Founder Of Modern Feminism

Even decades after her execution, many dismissed de Gouges as an arrogant woman who didn’t know her place.

Weeks after her death, Pierre Chaumette, the prosecutor of Paris, presented de Gouges’s execution as a warning to other women.

She “abandoned the cares of her household to get involved in politics and commit crimes,” Chaumette wrote. “She died on the guillotine for having forgotten the virtues that suit her sex.”

The only woman sentenced to death for sedition during the Reign of Terror, de Gouges’s legacy remained obscure for years. However, today she holds a place as one of the founders of modern feminism.

Olympe De Gouges Portrait 1784

Unknown/Musée CarnavaletPortrait of Olympe de Gouges, 1784.

In 2016, the French National Assembly honored de Gouges with a statue in her honor.

“At last we have arrived at this moment,” declared Claude Bartolone, president of the assembly. “At last, Olympe de Gouges is entering the National Assembly!”

Olympe de Gouges wasn’t the only feminist who changed history nor was she the most famous woman executed in the French Revolution. Learn about the final days of Marie Antoinette’s life and then check out thesefeminist icons who don’t get enough credit.

How Mary Ann Bevan Became The 'Ugliest Woman In The World'

10-02-2022 · A. R. Coster/Getty Images Mary Ann Bevan, known as the “Ugliest Woman in the World,” regularly appeared in sideshows to support her children. Mary Ann Bevan wasn’t always “ugly.”. Born on the then-outskirts of London in the late-19th century, she looked much the same as any other young woman of the time, and was even considered attractive.

Mary Ann Bevan

A. R. Coster/Getty ImagesMary Ann Bevan, known as the “Ugliest Woman in the World,” regularly appeared in sideshows to support her children.

Mary Ann Bevan wasn’t always “ugly.” Born on the then-outskirts of London in the late-19th century, she looked much the same as any other young woman of the time, and was even considered attractive.

That all changed when, well into adulthood and a mother several times over, a rare disfiguring disease began to manifest in her. After just a few short years, her features, hands, and feet were distorted beyond all recognition, and with no other recourse, Bevan made use of her looks to earn a living.

This is the story of how Mary Ann Bevan became the Ugliest Woman in the World, one of the most tragic figures in the once-thriving sideshow business, to support herself and her family.

Mary Ann Bevan’s Early Life

Mary Ann Webster was born on Dec. 20, 1874, to a large family on the eastern edge of London. Throughout her childhood, she was no different than her siblings, and she eventually qualified as a nurse in 1894 before marrying Thomas Bevan, a farmer from the county of Kent, in 1903.

The Bevans settled into a happy, fruitful life, and the marriage produced two sons and two daughters, all healthy. Sadly, Thomas died suddenly in 1914, leaving Mary with four children to support on her small income. Not long after the loss of her husband, she began to show signs of acromegaly, a disorder marked by the overproduction of growth hormones in the pituitary glands.

Acromegaly is one of the rarer pituitary conditions, and today, it can be treated if detected early enough. However, under the limitations of early 20th-century medicine, Bevan had no way of treating or preventing the condition, and she soon found her features changing beyond recognition.

Mary Ann Bevan Deals With Acromegaly Head-On

Mary Ann Bevan

Wikimedia CommonsAcromegaly carries several health risks, ranging in severity from sleep apnea to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease and kidney disorders.

As a result of her condition, Bevan’s otherwise normal hands and feet grew out of all proportion, her forehead and lower jaw bulged outward, and her nose grew visibly larger. Her changing looks made it difficult to find and keep work, and she resorted to odd jobs to provide for her family.

The rare condition left her permanently disfigured. Years later, a former fairground worker claimed that it was a farmer for whom she was working who told Bevan that “all [she was] fit for [was] the ugly woman competition.”

Taking the farmer’s words to heart, Bevan soon entered a “Homeliest Woman” contest, and handily beat 250 competitors to earn the dubious title. Her victory brought her to the attention of sideshow owners, and since her doctor assured her that her condition would only grow worse, she decided to capitalize on it for the sake of her children. Soon, she had regular work in a traveling fair, appearing at fairgrounds throughout the British Isles.

In 1920, Bevan answered an advertisement in a London newspaper reading “Wanted: Ugliest woman. Nothing repulsive, maimed or disfigured. Good pay guaranteed, and long engagement for successful applicant. Send recent photograph.” The ad had been placed by a British agent for Barnum and Bailey’s circus, who found that she had “what may sound like a paradox, the face of an ugly woman that was not unpleasant.”

Mary Ann Bevan’s Sideshow Success

Mary Ann Bevan Postcard

American Philosophical SocietyPostcards like these earned Bevan roughly apiece when sold at fairgrounds.

After mailing the agent a photo taken especially for the occasion, Bevan was invited to join the sideshow at Coney Island’s Dreamland amusement park, then one of the biggest locations in the world for sideshow performers. The attraction was the brainchild of Senator William H. Reynolds and promoter Samuel W. Gumpertz, one of the most prolific figures in sideshow history, and who later worked with Harry Houdini.

She was paraded alongside other notable sideshow acts including Lionel, the Lion-Faced Man, Zip the “Pinhead,” and Jean Carroll, the Tattooed Lady. Dreamland visitors were invited to gawk at the 154 pounds she carried on her 5′ 7″ frame, as well as her size 11 feet and size 25 hands. Bevan bore the humiliating treatment calmly. “Smiling mechanically, she offered picture postcards of herself for sale,” thus securing sufficient money for herself and for her children’s education.

As the years passed, Mary Ann Bevan continued to draw crowds, and even performed with the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show. She succeeded in her goal of providing for her children, as well: in just two years of performing in New York, she earned £20,000, roughly equivalent to

.6 million in 2022.

The Last Days Of Mary Ann Bevan

Coney Island Dreamland

Wikimedia CommonsBevan continued to appear at Coney Island’s Dreamland sideshow until her death in 1933.

Bevan also had friends in and out of the sideshow crowd and found time for love. While performing at Madison Square Garden in 1929, she struck up a romance with a giraffe keeper known only as Andrew. She even agreed to undergo a makeover at a New York beauty parlor, where beauticians gave her a manicure and massage, straightened her hair, and applied makeup to her face.

Some people cruelly maintained that “the rouge and powder and the rest were as out of place on Mary Ann’s countenance as lace curtains on the portholes of a dreadnought.” Mary Ann herself, however, upon seeing her reflection, simply said, “I guess I’ll be getting back to work.”

Bevan continued to work at Coney Island for her remaining years, until finally, she died at the age of 59 on Dec. 26, 1933. She was returned to her homeland for her funeral, and buried in Southeast London’s Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery.

For years, Mary Ann Bevan remained an obscure memory known only to aficionados of sideshow history until, in the early 2000s, her image was mockingly used on a Hallmark card. After objections were raised over subjecting her to further humiliation, the card was discontinued.

After reading the true story of Mary Ann Bevan, see the often cruel world of historic sideshows in these amazing images. Then, find out more about the strange life of Grady Stiles, “the Lobster Boy.”

Emanuela Orlandi's Chilling Disappearance From The Vatican In 1983

20-09-2021 · On June 22, 1983, 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi vanished in Rome. In 2019, uncovered Vatican City bones only deepened the mystery. ... Orlandi family lawyer Laura …


Emanuela Orlandi has been missing since June 22, 1983, when this 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican official was last seen after a music class in Rome.

Theories surrounding Orlandi’s disappearance have seen amateur sleuths point the finger at culprits ranging from the Catholic Church to the Mafia to a Turkish fascist group. And though the mystery has never been solved and her body has never even been found, the case has gained renewed attention thanks to chilling new evidence.

Listen above to the History Uncovered podcast, episode 1: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, also available on iTunes and Spotify.

A promising 2019 lead involving Vatican City bones believed to be hers seemed to point authorities in the right direction for the first time in more than 35 years, though investigators’ hopes were quickly dashed once again. Today, the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi remains no closer to being solved — and no less haunting of a mystery.

The Vanishing Of Emanuela Orlandi

Poster About Emanuela Orlandi's Disappearance

Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesA poster raising awareness about the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi. June 1983.

“We thought we were in the safest place in the world,” recalled Emanuela Orlandi’s brother Pietro of their Vatican upbringing. And though they lived in a small, tight-knit community where their father was a powerful official, their home turf proved anything but safe on June 22, 1983.

She’d been taking flute lessons three days a week at a local music school and that’s precisely what she was up to on the day that she vanished. She made it to class and called her sister afterward, but never showed up back at home. That call to her sister was the last known contact anyone ever had with her.

Emanuela Orlandi Praying

ROPIEmanuela Orlandi praying as a little girl. Though the Vatican City bones supposedly uncovered in 2019 gave investigators hope of solving the mystery of her disappearance, the lead quickly proved to be a dead end.

Emanuela Orlandi was officially declared a missing person the next day and the investigation was now underway as a number of tips quickly rolled in. Two tips in particular, one on June 25 and another on June 28, seemed like they might lead investigators in the right direction.

The first caller, referring to himself as “Pierluigi,” said he’d seen Orlandi in Rome that day and actually provided details about her flute and her clothing that made investigators believe he was telling the truth. He added that the girl was calling herself “Barbarella” and had run away from home to sell Avon products, which is something Orlandi had mentioned to her sister before disappearing.

Emanuela Orlandi

Pietro Orlandi/CNNEmanuela Orlandi, pictured here as a child, about a decade before her 1983 disappearance.

The second caller, on June 28, told authorities that he had also met a young woman similarly named “Barbara” who had run away from home. This man claimed to have seen her at a bar near the music school, lending some credence to his story.

But then, subsequent tipsters started talking about a conspiracy involving a Turkish terrorist group called The Grey Wolves and their plan to kidnap and then exchange Orlandi for one of their own, an assassin who’d been imprisoned for shooting the pope two years earlier.

Perhaps there was no more to this case than a teenage girl who’d decided to run away.

Theories About Emanuela Orlandi’s Disappearance

The Area Of The Vatican City Bones Site

Wikimedia CommonsThe view of St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City from the top of Michelangelo’s Dome. April 2007.

Besides those involving the Turkish terrorist group, there is no shortage of intriguing theories surrounding Emanuela Orlandi’s disappearance and presumed death. With the Vatican and the surrounding area a hub of both religious power and Mafia power, those groups most often come under suspicion.

The Mafia theories largely revolve around a Rome-based criminal syndicate known as the Banda della Magliana, led by Enrico De Pedis. The theory states that the syndicate had loaned large sums of money to the Vatican Bank but weren’t being paid back what they were owed, so they decided that taking a Vatican official’s daughter for ransom was the way to get their money back.

Anonymous tips to authorities have come in supporting this theory and De Pedis’ one-time girlfriend later went on the record claiming that he told her that he had indeed kidnapped Orlandi. However, hard evidence is thin and a police search of the gangster’s tomb — which one tipster claimed would contain DNA evidence proving the theory — turned up nothing.

Mehmet Ali Ağca With The Pope

Wikimedia CommonsPope John Paul II meets with Mehmet Ali Ağca in prison in December 1983.

The evidence for the Grey Wolves theory seems to have more evidence behind it. Grey Wolf Mehmet Ali Ağca had tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in the Vatican on May 13, 1981, shooting him four times but not managing to kill him, and was captured immediately.

Several anonymous calls to authorities in the weeks following the disappearance suggested that the Turkish terrorists were holding Orlandi in hopes of exchanging her for Ağca. One particular set of calls from a man identified by authorities as “The American” (due to his accent) even identified the June 25 and June 28 tipsters as part of his organization and spoke of an actual plan for the exchange for Ağca within 20 days. However, the Vatican didn’t take the calls seriously and nothing ever came of it.

But perhaps the most disturbing theory about the Orlandi case states that the Vatican, local police, and regional lawmakers had a plot to kidnap young girls like Emanuela Orlandi and force them into sexual servitude. These sex parties, the theory claims, also involved foreign diplomats, The Telegraph reported.

John Paul II

Wikimedia CommonsThe late Pope John Paul II, who has been involved in at least two of the predominant theories surrounding the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi. June 2004.

The allegation isn’t entirely dismissible, as the one who came forth with it was Father Gabriele Amorth — the Vatican’s chief exorcist, who was appointed by John Paul II himself. Amorth said Orlandi was sexually abused and eventually killed and disposed of.

“This was a crime with a sexual motive,” he said. “Parties were organized, with a Vatican gendarme acting as the ‘recruiter’ of the girls. The network involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy to the Holy See. I believe Emanuela ended up as a victim of this circle.”

But whatever the motive, Orlandi’s family has been largely focused on recovering her remains and finding some kind of closure. And plenty of those kinds of tips have come in since 1983.

The Vatican City Bones And The Mystery Of The Angel’s Crypt

An NBC News report on the 2019 lead in the Emanuela Orlandi case.

Over the nearly four decades since Emanuela Orlandi disappeared, authorities have followed countless leads and fielded scores of tips in hopes of finally putting this mystery to bed. And perhaps no tip was more exciting than that of the 2019 letter claiming to reveal her final resting place.

Orlandi family lawyer Laura Sgro received an incredibly ominous note early that year that contained a photograph of a tomb beneath the Vatican — and directions to “look where the angel is pointing,” in reference to the marble angel guarding the crypt in question.

The anonymous tip garnered the attention of the Vatican’s highest-ranking officials, with spokesman Alessandro Gisotti chiming in to diplomatically address the situation. “I can confirm that the letter by Emanuela Orlandi’s family has been received,” said Gisotti, “and the requests it contains will be studied.”

Emanuela Orlandi 30th Anniversary Vigil

FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty ImagesCrowds participate in a vigil on the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City. June 22, 2013.

What made this tip especially intriguing is that scientific tests on the tomb following the delivery of the letter suggested that the tomb had been opened at least once recently enough for Orlandi’s remains to have been stashed inside. Furthermore, in a letter to the Vatican, Sgro said that she had been able to “verify that some people knew there was a chance Emanuela Orlandi’s body had been hidden in the [tomb].”

There was even additional evidence that unidentified visitors had been frequenting this particular tomb as flowers had been left behind at the site.

All that was left to do was search the crypt and see if the remains of Emanuela Orlandi were actually inside.

The Future Of The Investigation

Emanuela Orlandi In Overalls

TwitterOnly recently have Vatican officials finally begun cooperating in any way with the search for the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, according to her brother, Pietro,

When the angel letter came to light in 2019, it wasn’t the first time that the Orlandi family had gotten their hopes up thanks to an anonymous tip. Most recently, the family collectively held its breath when the Vatican discovered human remains on its property in October 2018 — only to be left disappointed when the remains turned out to belong to unrelated victims.

Sadly, this is what happened once again in July 2019 when the search of the tomb turned up no remains.

“There were no human remains nor funerary urns,” said Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti. The tomb led to an expansive underground space that was “completely empty,” and “had no human remains.”

Pope John Paul II With The Orlandi Family

Pietro Orlandi/CNNThe family of Emanuela Orlandi with Pope John Paul II.

For the Orlandi family, who had been searching for the missing girl’s remains with much dedication and patience for nearly four decades, it was a huge blow.

“We expected everything today, but not to find two empty tombs,” said Sgro on behalf of the family. “We want to know why we were sent there, and why there was nothing.”

For his part, brother Pietro Orlandi said, “Part of me was relieved that Emanuela was not there,” adding that his family has gotten used to the “illusions and disillusions” of this wild goose chase.

“Still,” he said, “I was surprised that there was nothing at all.”

Emanuela Orlandi Playing The Flute

Pietro Orlandi/CNNEmanuela Orlandi disappeared on her way home from a flute lesson. She’s pictured here playing her instrument not long before her disappearance.

But though nothing was found, it remains noteworthy that the Vatican showed a sudden change of heart in terms of their cooperation in this matter. Pietro Orlandi said he asked the Vatican multiple times to assist in the search for his missing sister and was “positively surprised” when they finally gave in.

“For the first time in 36 years, the Vatican has concretely done something important,” which “signals a change of position.” He explained that when he asked Pope Francis for help in 2013, he was merely told that his sister was “in heaven” and that was that.

Pietro Orlandi even speculated the Vatican’s refusal to help seemed like “an admission that there is a possibility of internal responsibility” on their part.

But even with the Vatican’s cooperation, the case of Emanuela Orlandi’s disappearance has once again gone cold. But the search will continue at least as long as the missing girl’s family is around to keep hope alive.

“Even if nothing was to be found,” Pietro Orlandi said before the tomb was opened in 2019, “it cannot be the end of the story.”

After learning about the vanishing of Emanuela Orlandi and the msytery of the Vatican City bones, read about the disappearances of Maura Murray and Jennifer Kesse.

05-04-2022 · Lieserl Einstein was born on Jan. 27, 1902, in the city of Újvidék in what was then the Kingdom of Hungary in Austria-Hungary and is today part of Serbia. And that is just about all researchers know for sure about the life of Albert Einstein’s daughter. Her disappearance was so complete that historians never learned about Einstein’s ...

Lieserl Einstein

Public DomainAlbert Einstein and Mileva Marić with their first son, Hans, in 1904, two years after Lieserl Einstein was born.

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest physicists in history. But for years, parts of his private life remained hidden — including the fact that he had a daughter, Lieserl Einstein.

Why was Lieserl a secret? Because she was born out of wedlock. In 1901, Mileva Marić, a physics and mathematics student with Einstein at the Zurich Polytechnic, left the school and returned home to Serbia, giving birth to a daughter the following year. In 1903, Einstein and Marić married.

But then, Lieserl Einstein disappeared. And she remained hidden until well after both Marić’s and Einstein’s deaths in 1948 and 1955. It wasn’t until discovering decades-old personal letters between the two in 1986 that Einstein’s biographers even learned that she existed at all.

So, what happened to Lieserl Einstein, Albert Einstein’s only daughter?

The Mystery Of Albert Einstein’s Forgotten Child

Lieserl Einstein was born on Jan. 27, 1902, in the city of Újvidék in what was then the Kingdom of Hungary in Austria-Hungary and is today part of Serbia. And that is just about all researchers know for sure about the life of Albert Einstein’s daughter.

Her disappearance was so complete that historians never learned about Einstein’s daughter until 1986. That year, early letters between Albert and Mileva surfaced. Suddenly, scholars discovered references to a daughter called Lieserl.

Albert Einstein And Mileva Marić

Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty ImagesAlbert Einstein with his first wife Mileva Marić, c. 1905.

On Feb. 4, 1902, Albert Einstein wrote to Mileva Marić, “I was scared out of my wits when I got your father’s letter because I had already suspected some trouble.”

Mileva had just given birth to Einstein’s first child, a daughter they referred to as Lieserl. At the time, Einstein lived in Switzerland, and Marić had returned to her hometown in Serbia.

“Is she healthy and does she already cry properly?” Einstein wanted to know. “What kind of little eyes does she have? Whom of us two does she resemble more?”

The physicist’s questions went on and on. Finally, he said, “I love her so much and I don’t even know her yet!”

Albert asked Mileva, “Couldn’t she be photographed once you are totally healthy again?” He begged his lover to make a drawing of his daughter and send it to him.

“She certainly can cry already, but to laugh she’ll learn much later,” Einstein mused. “Therein lies a profound truth.”

But when Mileva joined Albert in Bern, Switzerland, to be married in January 1903, she did not bring Lieserl. The child seemingly vanished from all historical records. Lieserl Einstein became a ghost. In fact, not a single letter dated after 1903 contained the name Lieserl.

Searching For Lieserl Einstein

When scholars learned that Albert Einstein had a daughter named Lieserl Einstein, the search for information about her began. But historians could not find a birth certificate for Lieserl Einstein. Not a single medical record remained. They could not even find a death certificate referencing the child.

Even the name “Lieserl” was likely not her real name. Albert and Mileva referred variously in their letters to a “Lieserl” and a “Hanserl,” generic gendered German diminutive names, when referring to their desires of having a girl or a boy — somewhat similar for hoping for a “Sally” or a “Billy.”

Left with a mystery, historians tried to piece together clues about what happened to her.

Hans Einstein

ETH LibraryMileva and Albert with their first son, Hans.

Albert Einstein and Mileva Marić were unmarried when they had Lieserl. The pregnancy disrupted Mileva’s plans. She had been the only woman in Einstein’s class at Zurich Polytechnic. But after learning of her pregnancy, Mileva withdrew from the program.

Albert’s family never approved of Mileva. “By the time you’re 30, she’ll already be an old hag,” Einstein’s mother warned of the woman who was just three years older than him.

Despite his family’s misgivings, Albert married Mileva. But only after leaving Lieserl behind in Serbia, where Mileva’s family cared for her.

Einstein had a motive to hide his illegitimate daughter. Working in a Swiss patent office, an out-of-wedlock child could halt his career before it began.

Parents Of Lieserl Einstein

Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesMileva Marić and Albert Einstein in 1912, two years before they separated.

The last reference to Lieserl in Einstein’s letters comes in September 1903. “I’m very sorry about what has befallen Lieserl,” Albert wrote to Mileva. “It’s so easy to have lasting effects from scarlet fever.”

Lieserl had apparently come down with scarlet fever around 21 months old. But Einstein’s letter implies she survived. “If only this will pass,” he wrote. “As what is the child registered? We must take precautions that problems don’t arise for her later.”

The scant clues left scholars with two theories: either Lieserl died as a child or the Einsteins gave her up for adoption.

What Happened To Lieserl Einstein?

In 1999, author Michele Zackheim published Einstein’s Daughter: The Search for Lieserl. After years spent searching for clues and interviewing Serbians about family trees, Zackheim developed a theory.

According to Zackheim, Lieserl had been born with unknown developmental disabilities. Mileva Marić left Lieserl behind with her family when she traveled to Bern to marry Albert. Then, some months before her second birthday, Lieserl died.

Mileva Marić And Sons

Hebrew University of JerusalemMileva Marić and her two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard.

It’s possible that Albert, so eager for a photograph of his daughter, never met Lieserl Einstein. He certainly never mentioned her in writing after 1903.

It’s also possible that Albert hid Lieserl from his family. However, a few weeks after Lieserl’s birth, Einstein’s mother wrote, “This Miss Marić is causing me the bitterest hours of my life. If it were in my power, I would make every possible effort to banish her from our horizon, I really dislike her.”

“There’s a real attempt to keep Einstein as the icon of humanitarianism and goodness, and he wasn’t good,” Zackheim argues. “He was an enormously talented creative genius and he was a dreadful father and a dreadful person and not kind to his children at all.”

Albert Einstein Lecture

Ferdinand Schmutzer/Austrian National LibraryAlbert Einstein left Mileva Marić and his sons in 1914.

In 1904, Mileva realized she was pregnant again. She waited to tell Albert, afraid of his reaction. “I’m not the least bit angry that poor Dollie is hatching a new chick,” the physicist told his wife. “In fact, I’m happy about it and had already given some thought to whether I shouldn’t see to it that you get a new Lieserl.”

By then, mere months after Lieserl Einstein disappeared from historical records, Albert already had his mind on a “new Lieserl.”

What happened to Lieserl Einstein? Whether she died as a child or her parents gave her up for adoption, Lieserl vanished from history.

Albert Einstein had at least two children after Liesel. Learn more about his son Hans Albert Einstein, a renowned mechanical engineer who taught at Berkeley. Then read the depressing story of Eduard Einstein, Albert Einstein’s forgotten son.

How Ed And Lorraine Warren's Cases Inspired 'The Conjuring' And …

22-06-2021 · Getty Images Ed and Lorraine Warren are paranormal investigators whose cases have inspired movies such as The Conjuring, The Amityville Horror, and Annabelle. But the …


Before Hollywood turned their ghost stories into blockbuster movies, Ed and Lorraine Warren made a name for themselves by investigating cases of paranormal hauntings and happenings.

In 1952, the married couple founded the New England Society for Psychic Research. And in the basement of their research center, they created their very own Occult Museum, horrifyingly adorned with satanic objects and demonic artifacts.

Ed And Lorraine Warren

Getty ImagesEd and Lorraine Warren are paranormal investigators whose cases have inspired movies such as The Conjuring, The Amityville Horror, and Annabelle.

But the center’s primary purpose was to serve as the base of operations for the couple. According to Ed and Lorraine Warren, they investigated over 10,000 cases over the course of their careers with doctors, nurses, researchers, and police at their assistance. And both Warrens claimed to be uniquely qualified to investigate strange and unusual phenomena.

Lorraine Warren said that ever since she was seven or eight-years-old she could see auras around people. She was scared if she told her parents they’d think she was crazy, so she kept her powers to herself.

But when she met her husband Ed Warren when she was 16, he knew there was something different about her. Ed himself said he grew up in a haunted house and was a self-taught demonologist as a result.

So, Lorraine and Ed Warren pooled their talents together and set out to investigate the paranormal. What they found is enough to keep you up all night.

The Annabelle Doll Case

Annabelle Doll

YouTubeThe Annabelle doll in her case at the Warrens’ Occult Museum.

In a locked glass box in the Occult Museum, there’s a Raggedy Ann doll named Annabelle with a “positively do not open” warning sign on it. The doll may not look menacing, but of all the items in the Occult Museum, “that doll is what I’d be most frightened of,” said Tony Spera, the Warrens’ son-in-law.

According to the Warrens’ report, a 28-year-old nurse who received the doll as a gift in 1968 noticed that it started to change positions. Then she and her roommate started finding parchment paper with written messages saying things like, “Help me, help us.”

As if that wasn’t strange enough, the girls claimed that they didn’t even have parchment paper in their house.

Next, the doll started showing up in different rooms and leaking blood. Unsure of what to do, the two women turned to a medium, who said the doll was being occupied by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins.

That’s when Ed and Lorraine Warren took an interest in the case and contacted the women. After evaluating the doll, they “came to the immediate conclusion that the doll itself was not in fact possessed but manipulated by an inhuman presence.”

A 2014 interview with Lorraine Warren that includes a look at the real Annabelle doll.

The Warrens’ evaluation was that the spirit in the doll was looking to possess a human host. So they took it from the women to keep them safe.

While they were driving away with the doll, the brakes in their car failed several times. They pulled over and doused the doll in holy water, and they say that after that their car trouble stopped.

According to Ed and Lorraine Warren, Annabelle the doll continued to move around their house on her own too. So, they locked her in her glass case and sealed it with a binding prayer.

But even now, visitors to the Warrens’ museum say that Annabelle continues to cause mischief, and may even take revenge on skeptics. One couple of nonbelievers reportedly got into a motorcycle accident soon after visiting the museum, with the survivor saying they had been laughing about Annabelle just before the crash.

The Warrens Investigate The Perron Family Case

The Perron Family

YouTubeThe Perron family in January of 1971, shortly after they moved in to their haunted house.

After Annabelle, it didn’t take Ed and Lorraine Warren long to land more high-profile cases. While the Perron Family served as the inspiration behind the the film The Conjuring, the Warrens saw it as a very real and terrifying situation.

In January 1971, the Perron Family — Carolyn and Roger, and their five daughters — moved to a large Farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. The family noticed strange occurrences happening right away that only got worse over time. It started with a missing broom, but it escalated into full-fledged angry spirits.

In researching the home, Carolyn claimed to discover that the same family had owned it for eight generations, during which time many died by drowning, murder, or hanging.

When the Warrens were brought in, they claimed the home was haunted by a spirit named Bathsheba. In fact, a woman named Bathsheba Sherman had lived on the property in the 1800s. She was a Satanist suspected of involvement in the murder of a neighbor’s child.

“Whoever the spirit was, she perceived herself to be mistress of the house and she resented the competition my mother posed for that position,” said Andrea Perron.

Lorraine Warren made a brief cameo in the 2013 movie The Conjuring which starred Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as the Warrens.

According to Andrea Perron, the family encountered several other spirits in the house that made their beds levitate and smelled like rotting flesh. The family avoided going into the basement because of a “cold, stinking presence.”

“The things that went on there were just so incredibly frightening,” Lorraine recalled. The Warrens made frequent trips to the house over the years that the Perron family lived there.

However, unlike the movie, they didn’t perform an exorcism. Instead, they performed a seance that had Carolyn Perron speaking in tongues before she was allegedly thrown across the room by spirits. Shaken by the seance and concerned for his wife’s mental health, Roger Perron asked the Warrens to leave and stop investigating the house.

According to Andrea Perron’s account, the family finally saved up enough to move out of the house in 1980 and the hauntings stopped.

Ed And Lorraine Warren And The Amityville Horror Case

Amityville Murder House

Getty ImagesThe Amityville House

Though their other investigations remain intriguing, the Amityville Horror case was Ed and Lorraine Warren’s claim to fame.

In November 1974, 23-year-old Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr., the eldest child of the DeFeo family, murdered his entire family in their beds with a .35 caliber rifle. The infamous case became the catalyst for the claim that spirits haunted the Amityville house.

In 1976, George and Kathy Lutz and their two sons moved into the Long Island house and soon believed a demonic spirit was residing there with them. George said he witnessed his wife transforming into a 90-year-old woman and levitating above the bed.

They claimed to see slime seeping out of the walls and a pig-like creature that menaced them. Even more unsettling, knives flew off the counters, pointing right at members of the family.

The family walked around with a crucifix reciting the Lord’s Prayer but to no avail.

Lorraine Warren Sensing Spirits

Russell McPhedran/Fairfax Media via Getty ImagesOne of Lorraine Warren’s favorite investigative techniques was to lay back on the beds in a house, which she claimed allowed her to detect and absorb the psychic energy in a home.

One night, their final night there, they say banging “as loud as a marching band emanated throughout the house.” After 28 days, they couldn’t take it anymore and fled the home.

Ed and Lorraine Warren visited the home 20 days after the Lutz’s left. According to the Warrens, Ed was physically pushed to the floor and Lorraine felt an overwhelming sense of a demonic presence. Along with their research team, they claimed to capture a picture of a spirit in the form of a little boy on the stairway.

The story became so high-profile, it launched its own conspiracy theories, books, and films, including the 1979 classic The Amityville Horror.

Though some skeptics believe the Lutzs fabricated their story, the couple passed a lie detector test with flying colors. And their son, Daniel, admits that he still has nightmares about the horrifying things he experienced in the Amityville house.

The Enfield Haunting

The Enfield Haunting

YouTubeOne of the Hodgson girls caught on camera being flung from her bed.

In August 1977, the Hodgson family reported strange things happening in their house in Enfield, England. Knocking came from all over the house, causing the Hodgsons to think perhaps burglars were prowling around the residence. They called the police to investigate and the officer who arrived is said to have witnessed a chair rising and moving on its own.

At other times, Legos and marbles flew across the room and were hot to the touch afterward. Folded clothes leapt off of tabletops to fly around the room. Lights flickered, furniture spun, and the sound of barking dogs emanated from empty rooms.

Then, inexplicably, a fireplace ripped itself out of the wall, attracting the attention of paranormal investigators from around the world — including Ed and Lorraine Warren.

BBC footage inside the Enfield haunted house.

The Warrens, who visited Enfield in 1978, were convinced that it was a real “poltergeist” case. “Those who deal with the supernatural day in and day out know the phenomena are there — there’s no doubt about it,” Ed Warren is quoted as saying.

Then, two years after they started, the mysterious hauntings abruptly stopped. However, the family maintains that they didn’t do anything to stop it.

Ed And Lorraine Warren Close Their Case Book

Ed and Lorraine Warren founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952 and devoted the rest of their lives to investigating paranormal phenomenon.

Through the years, the Warrens performed all of their paranormal investigations free of charge, making their livelihood from selling books, movie rights, lectures, and tours of their museum.

Ed Warren died on August 23, 2006, from complications following a stroke. Lorraine Warren retired from active investigations shortly after. However, she remained as a consultant to the NESPR until her death in 2019.

According to the Warrens’ official website, the couple’s son-in-law Tony Spera has taken over as director of NESPR and head curator of the Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, CT.

Many skeptics have criticized Ed and Lorraine over the years, saying they’re good at telling ghost stories, but lack any real evidence. However, Ed and Lorraine Warren always maintained that their experiences with demons and ghosts absolutely took place as they described.

Whether or not their stories are true, it’s clear that these two investigators made their mark on the paranormal world. Their legacy is solidified by the dozens of films and television series that have been created based on their many eerie cases.

After learning about the real Ed and Lorraine Warren cases that inspired The Conjuring movies, read about Robert the Doll, another haunted doll the Warren’s might be interested in. Then read about Valak, the fearsome demon from The Nun.

Charles Manson Jr. Couldn't Escape His Father, So He Shot Himself

12-06-2019 · And according to Heavy, Manson’s first-born, Charles Manson Jr., did everything in his power to distance himself from such a legacy — including take his own life. Thrust into a world with a father who wrought havoc like the bloody Sharon Tate murders of 1969, perhaps the innocent Charles Manson Jr. never stood a chance at a normal life.

Charles Manson Jr Charles Manson Son

Find A GraveCharles Manson’s son, Charles Manson Jr., who changed his name to Jay White in order to distance himself from his father.

Even after Charles Manson died of natural causes at 83 in Bakersfield, California, his horrific legacy of violence lived on — as did his progeny. Though by that time, only one remained. And according to Heavy, Manson’s first-born, Charles Manson Jr., did everything in his power to distance himself from such a legacy — including take his own life.

Thrust into a world with a father who wrought havoc like the bloody Sharon Tate murders of 1969, perhaps the innocent Charles Manson Jr. never stood a chance at a normal life.

The Birth Of Charles Manson Jr.

Charles Manson Jr. was born in 1956, one year after his father married Rosalie Jean Willis in Ohio. She was 15 years old at the time and working as a waitress in a hospital whereas Manson was already 20 years old.

Though the marriage didn’t last long — largely due to Manson’s erratic criminal behavior and subsequent stints in prison — he later said their time as husband and wife was a delight.

Charles Manson With First Wife

Public DomainManson with wife Rosalie Willis. Circa 1955.

When Willis neared her second trimester, the couple moved to Los Angeles. It didn’t take long for Manson to get arrested for taking a stolen car across state lines — then get sentenced to five years probation for it.

Mischievous and psychotic, Manson couldn’t contain himself and was imprisoned at Terminal Island in San Pedro, California that same year. With him behind bars and Willis managing her pregnancy alone, their son Charles Manson Jr. was born to a single mother.

Not long after, Willis filed for divorce and tried to live a more normal life. Charles Manson, meanwhile, went on to amass a loyal following of “Manson Family” cultists who would commit several of American history’s most infamous murders in 1969.

And while Manson fostered this chaotic, unofficial family, Manson’s biological son tried to escape his father’s dark shadow.

Growing Up As Charles Manson’s Son

Not much is known about Charles Manson Jr.’s personal life, particularly as an adolescent. What’s clear, however, is that he never cared for his familial background. It plagued him so deeply that he eventually changed his name, just as his youngest biological brother, Valentine Michael Manson, would.

For inspiration, he looked no further than his stepfather, Jack White (not the one you’re thinking of), who his mother married while Charles Manson was serving prison time. No longer calling himself Charles Manson Jr., the newly renamed Jay White hoped to distance himself from his father and forge ahead independent of his biological history. His stepfather, meanwhile, fathered two more sons, Jesse J. and Jed White.

Manson At Trial

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesCharles Manson at trial. 1970.

Jesse J. White was born in 1958 and his brother was born a year later. Tragically, the latter died of an accidental gunshot wound as a pre-teen in January 1971. The shooter was his 11-year-old friend who barely understood his mistake.

Rosalie Willis And Charles Manson's Son

TwitterRosalie Willis with her son, Charles Manson Jr., who had already changed his name to Jay White. Date unspecified.

Unfortunately, tragedy didn’t end there for the White brothers. Jesse J. White died of a drug overdose in Houston, Texas in August 1986. His friend discovered the body in a car around dawn after a long, seemingly fun night of drinking at a bar.

Most wrenching of all was Jay White’s own death seven years later.

The Death Of Jay White

Jay White committed suicide on June 29, 1993. According to CNN, the motivation was never entirely clear, though a combination of distress over who his father was and a need to distance himself from his own son in an effort to protect him is largely thought to be at the foundation.

Regardless, the incident happened on a barren stretch of highway in Burlington, Colorado near the Kansas state line. His death certificate confirmed that he died from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head” at Exit 438 on Interstate 70 at around 10:15 a.m.

The shadow of White’s father likely haunted him from the first blips of consciousness to the very end. His own child, a kickboxing cage fighter named Jason Freeman, has fortunately managed to process the two generations of trauma that preceded him more effectively.

Jason Freeman Portrait

The 700 Club/YouTubeJason Freeman wished his father had stayed strong and let go of his past. He now kickboxes and tries to set an example for those with terrible parents.

Freeman described the cloud over his life as a “family curse,” but decided to use that frustration as motivation. He recalled one day in an eighth-grade history class when his teacher “was talking about Charles Manson, and I’m looking around like, are there people staring at me?”

“I’m personally, I’m coming out,” he announced in 2012, referring to his effort to neutralize the toxicity of the Manson name.

Freeman, a 6-foot-2 kickboxer, said he was frequently bullied as a child due to his biological connection to the notorious criminal. Forbidden to discuss his grandfather at home or in school, even his grandmother, Rosalie Willis, ordered him never to mention her late former husband.

“He just couldn’t let it go,” said Freeman of his father, Charles Manson Jr. “He couldn’t live it down. He couldn’t live down who his father was.”

A 700 Club interview with Charles Manson Jr.’s son, Jason Freeman.

Charles Manson’s grandson may look like the hardened, emotionally unwavering type: He’s a tattooed brute who appears to have no time for vulnerability. But when he was asked what he would’ve liked his father to consider before killing himself, the tough exterior crumbled.

“I want him to know…he missed out on a lot,” Freeman whispered of his father Charles Manson Jr., battling tears. “I see my kids, you know, and that’s kinda where I get shook up. I would hate to see them grow up without a father. That’s important. Very important.”

Freeman later tried to reconnect with his infamous grandfather, whose name and legacy ultimately killed his own father. “From time to time, every now and then, he’d say ‘I love you,'” Freeman said of his conversations with Manson. “He’d say it back to me. Maybe a couple times he said it first. It took a while to get to that point though, trust me.”

Jason Freeman engaged in a battle for the rights to his grandfather’s body and estate against his biological uncle, Valentine Michael Manson (later Michael Brunner). He eventually won the rights to Manson’s body and he had the cult leader cremated and scattered. He hopes to win the rights to his grandfather’s estate so that he can sell his morbid memorabilia for charity.

“I don’t want to be viewed for the actions of my grandfather,” he added. “I don’t want the backlash from society. I walk a different walk.”

Ultimately, Charles Manson Jr.’s son expressed an unrealistic wish of turning back time to June 1993 and helping him to overcome his shame. Whatever Jay White felt at the time before his death, Freeman explained that he would’ve loved to let him know that a better life was waiting for him.

After learning about Charles Manson’s son, Charles Manson Jr., read up on a few Charles Manson facts that demystify the monster. Then, read about the troubled life of Charles Manson’s own mother, Kathleen Maddox. Finally, learn about Charles Watson, Manson’s right-hand man, and discover who Charles Manson killed.

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