• Beth Kilgo

Manson's death leads to legal battle


On Nov. 19, 2017, at the age of 83, Charles Manson died of cardiac arrest at Bakersfield hospital in California. It was originally thought that he had no named next of kin; however, according to the New York Times, “At least four people from three states have lined up to claim Mr. Manson’s body, his property or both.” The brewing fight has been narrowed to a supposed grandson and a pen pal, according to ABC 7.

According to the Daily Mail, “Manson's estate could be worth millions, some claim, and would include his artwork, music rights and memorabilia.” Much of this value comes from the online world of “murderabilia” collectors, according to the New York Times.

Of the four, one is a man named Jason Freeman, who claims to be Manson’s grandson. Another, Michael Channels, is a friend and pen pal who claims to have Mansion’s will. Two other men have presented a supposed will entitling them to dispose of the remains; one of which claims to be his son.

According to the will which Channels claims to have, Manson disinherited his entire family, including his children and grandchildren, which could undermine Freeman’s claim.

Charles Manson became notorious in the late 1960’s as the leader of the Manson Family, a murderous group of drifters. He was convicted of nine murders and was known best for seven brutal killings called the Tate-LaBlanca murders, which his followers committed on two consecutive August nights in 1969.