Charles Manson Grandson Wins Legal Battle Over Cult Leader's Body

Angelo Anderson
March 13, 2018

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

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

Knight ruled that Manson's remains must be released to Freeman, who will be responsible for the costs of funeral and burial expenses.

After a prolonged battle over Manson's body that has been put on ice at the Bakersfield morgue since the cult leader's death, Alisa Knight, a commissioner at Kern County Superior Court, ruled on Monday, March 12, that Manson's body will be handed over to his grandson, Jason Freeman. Opposing him was Michael Channels, who claimed to be a long-time pen pal and that he too had been named Manson's sole beneficiary in a 2002 will.

Though he has hinted in the past he was considering bringing Manson's remains to Manatee County if he was awarded them, he said in a text message Monday night that will not be the case. 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. Knight said Brunner had shown evidence he was fathered by Manson, but he lost his right to be deemed an heir because he was adopted by his maternal grandparents.

Freeman told CNN he knew he was Manson's grandson at an early age in OH but never talked about it and was discouraged from discussing it inside his family.

Freeman claims to be the son of Manson's son, Charles Manson Jr., who later changed his name to Jay White to avoid association with Manson.


Jason Freeman, a former professional mixed martial arts fighter and the son of Manson's offspring with his first wife, can now retrieve the body and choose to either bury or cremate it.

"Freeman is hereby determined to be the surviving competent adult next of kin of the decedent".

Another purported son, Matthew Lentz, who claims he was fathered by Manson during a Wisconsin orgy, supported Brunner's petition.

However, since Lentz was adopted a week after he was born, he forfeited any relationship with his biological parents, according to Knight.

Most of the people vying for the body have said they would cremate it, though Freeman's attorney balked at that suggestion when Deputy Kern County Counsel Bryan Walters suggested at hearing last week that the coroner could cremate the body and allow the parties to continue their court fight over the ashes. After Knight's ruling, Freeman says he intends that his grandfather's body will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in a private ceremony.

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

Freeman has denied having a deal to sell photos of the body.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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