Grandson gets permission to retrieve body of serial killer Charles Manson

Judge decides grandson will get Charles Manson's body

Judge decides grandson will get Charles Manson's body

A freaky court battle over the remains of U.S. cult leader and killer Charles Manson has been won by his grandson, who's now free to pick up the body.

The battle began after Manson, 83, died in a state hospital in Kern County, California, on November 19, after serving more than four decades in prison for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other people in 1969.

Kern County Superior Court Commissioner Alisa Knight ruled that Freeman's claim beat out two others from Manson's alleged son and a pen pal of the notorious killer.

On March 7, the Kern County court said a decision would be released in a few days.

The ruling comes after a weird court battle over the killer's body. "What do I feel for Charles Manson?" "I'm irate. That Jason Freeman, he just pulled the wool over the whole system's eyes".

Knight said Brunner had shown evidence he was fathered by Manson, but he lost his right to be deemed an heir because he was adopted by his grandparents.

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.

Freeman, a former professional mixed martial arts fighter from Florida, is the son of the late Charles Manson Jr., who was the child of Manson and his first wife.

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 auto on his way to visit an acquaintance who lived in a separate rented guest house on the Tate property.

There were also questions raised about whether Freeman was really his grandson, though Knight's ruling determined him as "the surviving competent adult next of kin".

Another purported son, Matthew Lentz, who claims he was fathered by Manson during a Wisconsin orgy, supported Brunner's petition. The 2002 will he filed names him as the executor and sole beneficiary of the estate.

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. Freeman said in January he should have the rights to his grandfather's remains.

Most of the people vying for the body have said they would cremate it, though Freeman's attorney balked at that suggestion when Deputy Kern County Counsel Bryan Walters suggested at hearing last week that the coroner could cremate the body and allow the parties to continue their court fight over the ashes.

Freeman has denied having a deal to sell photos of the body.