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A judge has finally ruled who gets Charles Manson’s body

The notorious cult leader died in November last year

The battle for Charles Manson’s corpse is over, as a judge ruled this week that Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman, would be given the cult leader’s body.

Manson died in November 2017, having spent 40 years in prison for the murder of Sharon Tate and six others in 1969. On Monday (March 12), the four-month long case involving several claimants came to an end. The people fighting over Manson’s remains included Freeman, longterm pen pal Michael Channels, a musician who claimed to be his son named Matt Lentz, and another man claiming paternity Michael Brunner (the son of Manson family follower Mary Brunner who he allegedly adopted).

Freeman’s claim to the corpse-on-ice which for some creepy reason everyone wants was confirmed by “next of kin research”, according to CBS. He is the son of Charles Manson jr, who died by suicide in 1993.

Judge Alisa Knight rejected the claims of both Lentz and Channels. Lentz claimed Manson fathered him in an orgy in Wisconsin, and that his rights were cemented in a will he reportedly signed in 2017. Channels asserted that he was the sole beneficiary because of a will Manson filed in 2002, which rejected his biological children.

Knight ruled that Channels’ claim and evidence didn’t comply with court rules, NBC reports. Lentz was adopted as a baby, meaning he has no rights to Manson’s body. 

Freeman previously told Rolling Stone: “I’ve always known who my grandfather was, from as far back as I can remember. It’s always been there. I’ve known all my life. I never imagined I would be on such a big stage that God built before I was born."

“I am a grandson working to take the proper steps to show my respect to my grandfather and his true close friends. I’m not only doing this for me. It's for everyone who stands firm in the truth of life. I’m just a tool walking this part of my journey out. It has brought a lot of hardship on my life and family at home.”

Freeman now has been tasked with the responsibility of burying the body. It’s reported that he will cremate him, and hold a small “family ceremony”. As Jezebel reports, he has extended an invitaton to the other claimants. Another case for Manson’s estate –belongings, music royalties, memorabilla – is still to be decided in court.