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Young Man Opens Up About Charles Manson And The 7-Year Pen-Pal Friendship He Had With Him

by Mauricio Castillo
Mauricio has been writing for 11 years and is deeply into movies, sports and anything funny.

Cult leader and convicted criminal Charles Manson died in prison in November 2017 at the age of 83. When St. Louis, Missouri, resident Ken Dickerson found out, he felt like he’d lost a friend.

According to KTVI, Ken was pen pals with Charles Manson. They began communicating in 2005 and stopped sometime in 2012.

“I actually did feel like I lost a friend,” Ken said to KTVI. “I know that sounds, I don’t know the right word to use, but it did feel like I lost a friend.”

Throughout those seven years, Ken received drawings, postcards, autographs, and letters from Manson. They also spoke on the phone as often as three times a day.

A KTVI reporter asked Ken why he would even want to talk with the cult leader. “He was there, he was alive, he was someone of importance to history,” Ken replied.

He said of his relationship with Manson, “It’s no different than anyone else for the most part, outside of not being able to hang out with the dude.”

Ken was also asked whether he’d ever thought about Manson’s victims while speaking to him. “I just separated the two,” he said. “I took the guy that I’ve read about in books and stuff and put him over there, and I put the other guy in my ear. For the most part, when I talked to him, we talked about art and music.”

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Footage and photos provided by KTVI St. Louis

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