KERN COUNTY, CA — A judge has ruled that Charles Manson’s grandson has the right to the remains of the notorious cult leader and convicted killer.
Kern County Commissioner Alisa Knight ruled Monday that Jason Freeman can collect Manson’s body from the morgue in Bakersfield, according to the Kern Golden Empire. The body has been held at the Kern County Coroner’s office since Manson died in Mercy Hospital on November 19.
This ends a bizarre court battle between Freeman, Michael Brunner — who claims he is Manson’s son — and former pen pal Michael Channels. All three men were suing to get custody of Manson’s body.
Commissioner Knight, while ruling in favor of Freeman, said, “No sufficient probative evidence was provided to this court to refute Freeman’s claim.” Freeman is the son of Charles Manson Jr., who later later changed his name to Jay White. He committed suicide in 1993.
The body has been refrigerated at the Coroner’s Office for about three months, and the Kern County Counsel’s Office had asked Commissioner Knight for permission to cremate the body and preserve the ashes for whomever wins the custody case.
Freeman has stated that he plans to cremate his grandfather’s body and put to rest “this so-called monster, this historical figure that shouldn’t have been blown up as big as it was for all these years.” He says that Manson was a “kind, giving person.”
Manson was serving a life sentence for orchestrating the infamous cult killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other victims in 1969. He was convicted of seven counts of murder and conspiracy, and sentenced to death. The sentence was later reduced to life with the possibility of parole.
Manson was behind bars when he developed colon cancer. He died on November 19, 2017 at age 83.
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Main photo: Charles Manson [California Department of Corrections]