The fate of Charles Manson’s remains is expected to be decided in the next few days. Three men are fighting over the rights to Manson’s body.
Manson died in November at Mercy Hospital. The Kern County Coroner has custody of his remains until the court decides who is legally responsible.
Michael Channels, Jason Freeman and Michael Brunner all say they have the rights to Manson’s remains. Channels was his pen pal. Freeman says he’s Manson’s grandson. Brunner says he’s Manson’s son.
Brunner’s attorney, Daniel Mortensen, said, “We would suggest that people claiming to be related submit to DNA testing as we will and if you’re not related you agree to drop out.”
Channels is the only non-relative involved in the case. He claims to have Manson’s will, dated Valentine’s Day 2002. Mortensen asked for Channels to be dismissed from the case, stating remains could not be granted through a will.
Also up for debate, Brunner’s adoption while Manson was on death row.
Freeman’s attorney, Dale Kiken said, “We believe on behalf of Jason Freeman that adoption in California cuts off the parent child relationship leaving Jason Freeman as the next of kin”
Meanwhile, a separate court battle is ongoing in Los Angeles over Manson’s estate.