Once in a while, we receive a comment that merits bumping to the front page. Such is the case with an anecdote just appended to this April post, in which we wondered about the fate of Charles Manson’s children—particularly Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz, the product of his carnal union with Susan Atkins. A reader chimed in with an update that struck us as worth highlighting:
I met Zezozose about 11 years ago in Richmond, Virginia. We hung out a bunch of times and I had hours of conversations with him.
He was, at that time, going by the name ‘Zezo.’ The really sad thing is that he got the letters ‘LSD’ tattooed in very large letters on his forehead at the age of 15. Life has not been good to Zezo. He couldn’t get a decent job with a tattoo like that on his face and I doubt he will ever have the money to get it removed. He was working part-time at the dump. I don’t think he tended to stay in one place for very long, He talked about drifting around the country from place to place.
Zezo is a genuinely intelligent, likable guy who has been through some terrible things and it showed. I didn’t get the impression that he had a lot of education. He mentioned having visited ‘Charlie’ in prison at times, but I don’t think he’d ever been in touch with his mother. He had been in touch with other people from the original, extended Manson group. I got the impression that things did not go well with his adopted family.
Last I heard, which was a few years ago, he had a wife and at least one kid and was really struggling to make ends meet.
Though we can’t vouch for the accuracy of this update, something about it struck us as genuine. And ever since, we’ve been turning the same question over in our minds: how can we find Zezo? Because writing his story would basically be our non-fiction Holy Grail.
Regardless of whether or not we ever find the man, we sure hope that life’s taken a better turn for Zezo over the past several years. And we hope he scraped together enough cash to get that tattoo lasered off.