Judge Rules Grandson Gets Charles Manson's Body

Charles Manson’s remains will go to his grandson after a lengthy battle for the cult leader’s body

The battle over the remains of notorious cult leader Charles Manson ended Monday, with a California judge ruling that the convicted killer's body would go to his grandson, Jason Freeman.

"I loved my grandfather, everybody makes mistakes", Freeman said in January.

The dispute over the body foreshadows a similar fight over his estate in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Freeman had to take his case to court after Manson died in November because Michael Brunner, who claims to be Manson's last surviving son, and Michael Channels, Manson's longtime pen pal, each argued they should be given the corpse.

The three-way fight for the body included Freeman, a man who said he was fathered by Manson, and a pen pal who was friends with Manson and has filed what he said was the cult leader's will. He said Channels had used his contacts with Manson to generate memorabilia to pay his mortgage while also denigrating the killer in conversations with others. "No sufficient probative evidence was provided to this court to refute Freeman's claim", she said in a court ruling.

"What do I feel for Charles Manson?"

Charles Manson's grandson has shared his plan to cremate the body of "this so-called monster" and scatter his ashes. "I'm not only doing this for me", Jason Freeman told Rolling Stone.

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Freeman, a former professional mixed martial arts fighter from Florida, is the son of the late Charles Manson Jr., who was the child of Manson and his first wife.

Manson was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of Tate, the La Biancas and four other people at the Tate residence - coffee heiress Abigail Ann Folger, photographer Wojciech Frykowski, hairdresser Jay Sebring and Steven Earl Parent, who was shot and killed in his auto on his way to visit an acquaintance who lived in a separate rented guest house on the Tate property.

Mr Brunner was backed by another purported son, Matthew Lentz, who claims he was fathered by Manson during a Wisconsin orgy. He is named as the sole beneficiary in a 2017 will that Manson apparently signed and sent to Ben Gurecki, another friend and memorabilia collector, who is named as executor.

However, since Lentz was adopted a week after he was born, he forfeited any relationship with his biological parents, according to Knight. He never met his infamous grandfather, though in recent years they talked on the telephone, he said.

Some adversaries have suggested others want to profit off the death by selling morbid photos of the corpse to tabloid publications.

Freeman said Manson's body will be cremated and a private service will be held, but he did give specifics.

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