The alleged grandson of Charles Manson said he is planning to head to California to claim his grandfather’s remains.
Manson never acknowledged any family members while in prison. According to People magazine, he didn’t list a next of kin. The magazine cited “a corrections official who asked not to be identified by name.”
Jason Freeman, 41, told SFGate, the home of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, that he wants to get Manson’s remains cremated in California before they’re brought back with him to Florida.
“Until I can make a rational decision about what to do next, I’d just like to have my grandfather’s remains sitting there with me,” Freeman said. “I’ll be in California as soon as I can.”
Jason Freeman is the son of Charles Manson Jr., Manson’s only known child, who changed his name to Jay White to escape the infamy & killed himself in 1993 on a lonely stretch of highway with a gun. Jason said his father “just couldn’t let it go.”https://t.co/vcxOevxl0C
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Manson, 83, died of natural causes on Sunday in Bakersfield, California. He was incarcerated in a nearby state prison since the early 1970s.
Manson was convicted for ordering a killing spree in August of 1969. Several of his followers were also convicted.
California law says that a dead prisoner’s relatives have 10 days to claim the body, and if no one comes forward to claim it, the state hires an undertaker to handle the remains.
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Freeman said that he plans to fly to California before the 10-day period is up.
When he gets there, Freeman wants to collect some of Manson’s things, including crayon artwork.
“Dealing with the prison system, I have no anticipation of being able to retrieve any personal items,” Freeman said. “He’s had things stolen from him and had people trying to take advantage of him. But if I could, I would cherish his artwork. I would be excited to have it.”
“The world doesn’t share the heart and compassion for my grandfather that the Lord has given me,” Freeman added. “It’s my way of looking at life.”
Freeman says he’s the son of Charles Manson Jr., who changed his name to Jay White and died in 1993.
CNN reported the following:
Jay White, who was cursed with the name Charles Manson Jr., killed himself on June 29, 1993, on a desolate section of highway in Burlington, Colorado, just west of the Kansas state line.
The death certificate offers few clues as to why there and what finally pushed him over the edge. The document indicates it was about 10:15 a.m. when he died from a “self inflicted gunshot wound to the head” at “exit 438 on interstate 70.”
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