The grandson of Charles Manson, the notorious hippie cult leader behind a rash of killings in 1969, is the subject of a new reality television program. The Israeli production company GiL Formats debuted a trailer for the new series at MIPTV, a global gathering of TV syndicators and distributors in Cannes, according to Israel National News. The show, entitled Sins Of The Father, profiles Jason Freeman, a MMA fighter whose own father was born Charles Manson, Jr., before changing his name to Jay White after his father’s notoriety brought unwanted attention.
“Am I doomed for life? Is there bad blood in me?,” Freeman wonders aloud in a clip from the show. In a 2012 CNN profile, Freeman spoke about how he was discouraged from talking about his infamous granddad growing up, and never knew his own father, who took his own life in 1993 because “He couldn't live down who his father was."
On his personal blog, Freeman says he felt he was “constantly running from the “Manson Curse.” Yet later in life he decided to get to know his grandfather, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder for the Tate – Labianca killings in 1969, which resulted in nine deaths. Manson, now 82, is currently serving nine concurrent life sentences at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California. The series will feature Freeman visiting his grandfather in prison, and will also reportedly feature Manson on camera. GiL Formats says the show will also feature the offspring of other infamous criminals confronting their parents, though no airdate has yet been set.
[Photo: Jason “Fighting” Freeman’s Blog]