Even as a corpse, Charles Manson is still a major troublemaker. At some point, you have to wonder, did he plan this as a last chance to be the center of attention?
It’s been over a month since Ole’ Charlie died in a hospital in Bakersfield, CA. Since then, several claims have been made by various people to take possession of his dead body.
Because of this, his remains sit in limbo at the Kern County Morgue.
And, at this point, it seems that a legal battle to claim his corpse is inevitable.
The Competition for Charles Manson’s Remains Begins
Kern County attorneys have taken it upon themselves to file paperwork with the Los Angeles County Superior Court. They hope this will force the courts to determine exactly who the famous prisoner’s remains should go to.
Releasing the remains to the incorrect party could essentially get the county sued.
Kern County Deputy Attorney Bryan Walters notes:
“This is a really weird legal case. We’ve had pen pals that claim they have written wills. It’s like a circus, and nothing is clear where we should hang our hat on.”
The only reason Manson’s body is in the possession of Kern County is because, simply by chance, that’s where he died. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) left the remains there because the system has no way of refrigerating it.
However, the coroner’s office does. It can be held there indefinitely until the fight over Charlie’s remains are resolved:
“When we received it, we thought no one would claim the body. We assumed it would be an easy matter to take care of.”
5 Men So Far Have Claimed the Dead Body of Charles Manson
But, that was not the case for the man who ordered the killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child and six others in Los Angeles upper-class neighborhoods in 1969. So far, there are have been five people to claim the body of Charles Manson:
- Grandson in Florida
- Pen Pal in California
- Pen Pal in Illinois
- Man Claiming to be Manson’s Son in Van Nuys
- Man Claiming to be Manson’s Son in Wisconsin
Ben Gurecki & Matthew Robert Lentz Claim Charles Manson’s Remains
Ben Gurecki is one of Charles Manson’s longtime prison pen pals who lives in Illinois. He has his own website dedicated to Charlies’ music and his penpal correspondence with the famous prisoner.
Manson’s Underworld Productions is Gurecki’s YouTube channel. It features videos of him taking to his audience about Charlie. There are also some of him listening to his recorded phone calls with the ex-cult leader.
The prison pen pal says he’s working closely with a man who claims to be Manson’s son, Matthew Robert Lentz. Together, he and the “son,” who lives in Van Nuys, CA, plan to bury the killer together.
Lentz insists Charlie sent him a will, which the prisoner signed, giving him possession of his entire estate, which includes his dead body.
Michael Channels Claims Charles Manson’s Remains
Los Angeles County resident Michael Channels is another prison pen pal of the famous prisoner. He also filed for possession of the corpse, according to reports. He runs a website called Manson’s Back Porch.
It’s an online museum he created as a dedication to the cult-leading murderer. There, he posts recordings and images dating back over 40 years.
TMZ reported on and posted a copy of Charles Manson’s last will and testament. They received it from Michael Channels. It does appear to be signed by the prison inmate, and is stamped “Charles Manson AUTHENTIC.”
Jason Freeman Claims Charles Manson’s Remains
Kern County Deputy Attorney Bryan Walters said he’s only found one court filing for the remains of Ole Charlie. That is the filing of Manson’s grandson in Florida, Jason Freeman.
The grandson filed his petition to claim Manson’s remains in Los Angeles County. He provided the court with a copy of his birth certificate showing he’s the son of Charles Manson, Jr., the killer’s oldest son.
Jason Freeman also provided a judgement of entry that proves he’s Manson’s grandson from 1986.
Charles Millis Manson, Jr. committed suicide in 1993. Since then, Freeman made a conscious decision to do right by his grandfather:
“I think of my father. My father would do the same steps that I’m doing to bury his father. Blood is thicker than water and the roots run deep. I’m a fighter, I’ve always been a fighter and I know my grandfather has been too.”
Starting a New Legacy for Cult Leader & Murderer Charles Manson
Jason Freeman truly wants to do his part to reverse the tide of pop-culture that created an iconic legacy for the famous prisoner.
Attorney Alan Davis was hired by Freeman to file the petition for Manson’s body on his behalf. Davis says he is in no way shocked that multiple people want to claim his remains and estate:
“I’m sure there will be more. People will come out of the woodwork whenever someone famous dies. I didn’t really expect that we were going to make a lot of money out of it. It’s just like any other probate to me.”
As we all watch this circus unfold, you have to ask yourself, “Did Charlie have this planned all along?” He’s always been an attention whore. It seems to me this was his last-ditch effort to keep the attention of the world focused on him… even in death.
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