Man­son grand­son wins fight for re­mains

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATIONAL REPORT -

5 BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. >> A grand­son of cult leader Charles Man­son won the bizarre Cal­i­for­nia court bat­tle Mon­day over the killer’s body.

Kern County Su­pe­rior Court Com­mis­sioner Alisa Knight ruled that Ja­son Free­man can re­trieve Man­son’s re­mains, which have been on ice in the Bakersfield morgue since he died in Novem­ber.

Man­son, 83, had been hos­pi­tal­ized in Bakersfield while serv­ing a life sen­tence for or­ches­trat­ing the 1969 killings of preg­nant ac­tress Sharon Tate and eight oth­ers.

The fight over his corpse de­volved into a cir­cus of sorts with friends fil­ing com­pet­ing wills pur­port­edly signed by the in­fa­mous in­mate while kin be­gan to come out of the wood­work to also stake a claim to the killer’s body and an es­tate that could in­clude lu­cra­tive rights to songs Man­son wrote or to li­cense his im­age and other ma­te­rial.

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