Court battle over Charles Manson's body ends

Judge decides grandson will get Charles Manson's body

Judge decides grandson will get Charles Manson's body

Manson's body has been on ice since he died in November in a Bakersfield hospital.

Manson, who died at 83, had been hospitalized in Bakersfield while serving a life sentence for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others.

An attorney representing Michael Brunner-a man who claims to be Manson's son- filed a declaration Monday morning attempting to prove Jason Freeman is not Manson's biological grandson. It was also ambiguous about what would be done with Manson's body other than for Channels to use his judgment as executor. "I'm here to claim my grandfather, have him cremated, spread his ashes and do the right thing", Freeman said outside of court.

The case in Kern County was brought by the coroner's office, which said it wanted to quickly resolve the matter because bodies were piling up at the morgue from the methamphetamine and opioid epidemics. "I'm irate. That Jason Freeman, he just pulled the wool over the whole system's eyes".

Brunner's mother was an early member of the so-called Manson family and he was fathered by the cult leader, according to his birth certificate, though it misspelled Manson's middle name. 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, of 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.

Although some raised question about whether Freeman was really Manson's grandson, Knight determined he was "the surviving competent adult next of kin". The 2002 will he filed names him as the executor and sole beneficiary of the estate.

Lentz claimed that Manson fathered him during a Wisconsin orgy and was named as his sole beneficiary in a 2017 will that Manson purportedly signed.

But Knight rejected those claims.

The Kern County coroner has custody of Manson's body until a local court decides who is legally responsible. Freeman said in January he should have the rights to his grandfather's remains.

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.

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