Charles Manson, the infamous cult leader connected with multiple brutal murders, is also a musician. His first album, Lie: The Love Terror Cult, was recorded in 1968 and released in 1970. Just in time to help him pay for his legal defense. Not only has he gone on to produce more music, but several mainstream bands have also covered Charles Manson’s songs. The Beach Boys, Guns N’ Roses, and Marilyn Manson have all re-recorded tracks that appeared on Charles Manson’s 1970 album.
That’s not to say that Charles Manson is swimming in riches from royalties – in fact, he’s broke. The son of one of Manson’s victims, Bartek Frykowski, sued him and was awarded $500,000 (with interest) back in 1971. The judgment expires every ten years and Frykowski’s lawyer has been renewing it on his client’s behalf. By the time Guns N’ Roses released their cover in 1993, with accrued interest, Frykowski was already eligible for up to $1.4 million in royalties from anything Manson earns.