Court grants Charles Manson's body to biological grandson

FILE -- Charles Manson, mass murderer and cult leader, is seen in a 1969 Los Angeles Police Department photo from MGN.

The remains of infamous mass murderer Charles Manson will be given to a man who claims to be Manson's biological grandson.

Manson died last November in a Bakersfield hospital while a state prisoner. His body has been in the custody of the Kern County coroner since then, with several parties staking a claim to the remains.

A Kern County court commissioner issued her ruling Monday that Jason Freeman will get the body as he's "the surviving competent adult next of kin of the Decedent." The court noted that no sufficient evidence was produced to refute Freeman's claim.

The court instructed the coroner to hand over the body "forthwith" to Freeman, who will be responsible for burial and funeral expenses.

Also making claims for Manson's body were Michael Brunner, who claimed to be the biological son of Manson, though he was adopted out of his family at a young age, and longtime pen pal Michael Channels.

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