A man claiming to be the grandson of Charles Manson will not be getting the cult killer’s remains. At least, for now. A California judge has ruled that Jason Freeman doesn’t have a right to Manson’s corpse, according to TMZ. The judge doesn’t have jurisdiction in the case as Manson died in Kern County, California. Freeman filed in Los Angeles.
'I'm here to claim my grandfather, have him cremated, spread his ashes and do the right thing,' Freeman told news outlets outside of court, according to the Daily Mail. “What do I feel for Charles Manson? I'm gonna take it as one thing from my heart. And say that I love my grandfather. Everybody makes mistakes. He did his time. If a grandson can't say that he loves his grandfather then our world is a little messed up.”
In court, Freeman told the judge that time is ticking.
'We could be looking months down the road. While my Grandfather has been on ice for over 60 days,” Freeman said.
Freeman isn’t the only person trying to get his hands on Manson’s corpse.
Accountant Rebecca Evans believes she may be Manson’s daughter. According to the Daily Mail, she was rescued from the cult leader’s commune when she was a baby. She and her half-brother Matthew Roberts have filed a will in the California court system.
Others have asked for Manson’s corpse who aren’t even related. A pen pal is one, according to the Los Angeles Times. According to the Norfolk Reflector, another is Ben Gurecki, a man from Illinois who runs a website dedicated to Manson.
Manson died in November at the age of 83. According to a California Department of Corrections statement, Manson died of natural causes at a hospital. Kern County lawyers filed paperwork in Los Angeles County Superior Court in December, looking for assistance in figuring out where Manson’s corpse should go. The coroner is afraid of releasing his body to the wrong person, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“We have the following problem we’re trying to cope with here: The Department of Corrections asked the Kern County Coroner to receive the body because we have refrigeration and they don’t,” Bryan Walters, a deputy attorney in the county counsel’s office told the Los Angeles Times. “When we received it, we thought no one would claim the body. We assumed it would be an easy matter to take care of.”
Instead, it has become quite the complicated matter.
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