A grandson of cult leader Charles Manson has won the freaky court battle for the killer's corpse.
Manson, who spent almost 50 years behind bars and was denied parole a dozen times, died November 19 at age 83 at Bakersfield Mercy Hospital of heart failure triggered by colon cancer that had spread to other areas of his body.
Kern County Superior Court Commissioner Alisa Knight eventually ruled that Jason Freeman can retrieve the remains. "I'm here to claim my grandfather, have him cremated, spread his ashes and do the right thing", Freeman said outside of court.
On March 7, the Kern County court said a decision would be released in a few days.
Manson and followers Charles "Tex" Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and the late Susan Atkins all were convicted and sentenced to state prisons in 1971. "I'm irate. That Jason Freeman, he just pulled the wool over the whole system's eyes". And there were questions about whether Michael Brunner was fathered by Manson and if he deserved to be deemed an heir because he was adopted.
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.
The back and forth continued Monday in the fight over Charles Manson's remains.
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 vehicle on his way to visit an acquaintance who lived in a separate rented guest house on the Tate property.
"Freeman is hereby determined to be the surviving competent adult next of kin of the decedent".
Another purported son, Matthew Lentz, who claims he was fathered by Manson during a Wisconsin orgy, supported Brunner's petition. He is named as the sole beneficiary in a 2017 will that Manson apparently signed and sent to Ben Gurecki, another friend and memorabilia collector, who is named as executor.
Knight noted that the will did not appear to be properly executed and that Lentz forfeited his claims as an heir because he was also adopted.
To prevent photos of the body from being leaked, the coroner's office stored Manson's remains under a pseudonym and only two employees were told its true identity, Walters said.
The Kern County coroner has custody of Manson's body until a local court decides who is legally responsible.
Freeman has denied having a deal to sell photos of the body.