It has been three months since Charles Manson died. And although I’m sure his spirit (or whatever…) is burning in Hell, his body is still in the freezer next to the Chardonnay. Seriously, his body is being kept on ice due to the fact that there is currently a court battle over who gets to keep the body. I don’t know if they want to mount his head on the wall, or open up a creepy realistic wax museum or what, but apparently people really want it bad.
Two relatives, and two other men who insist they have the only valid Manson will, have been waging legal battles in two California counties for the right to the notorious cult leader’s body and estate. Manson, the “evil hippy” went to prison for his involvement in the brutal killings of seven people in August 1969.
One of the contenders for the body is Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman. Freeman filed birth certificates and death certificates to prove they’re related. If he’s the one who gets Manson’s body, Freeman says he would have his grandfather cremated and spread the ashes in a small family ceremony.
“I love my grandfather. Everyone makes mistakes.” Freeman said.
Yet another claimant is Lentz, also known as Matthew Roberts. He has long wondered if he was Charles Manson’s son. Roberts told CNN in a 2012 interview that he had been adopted as an infant, but tracked down his birth mother. She had some startling news: His father was Charles Manson. Roberts says she told him Manson was one of four men she’d met at an orgy in San Francisco in 1967.
Lastly, Manson’s friend, Michael Channels, stakes claim to the body. Channels says that he struck up a friendship with Manson about 30 years ago because he wanted to “meet the devil.” Channels, who lives in Southern California, says he received a document shortly after it was written on February 14, 2002. In it, Manson leaves his remains and his estate to Channels. “I have disinherited both known sons and any unknown children in the present and in the future,” Manson allegedly wrote.
The next court date is March 7 in Kern County, when a decision about Manson’s body could be made. I don’t really understand why they don’t just throw Manson into the river, but I guess I’m not a relative so I don’t have the warm fuzzies towards him.