Charles Manson’s grandson seeks 'another way' to bury cult leader

Charles Manson's grandson isn't giving up his plan to claim and bury the mass murderer, even after GoFundMe pulled the plug on his fundraising website Thursday.

"If we can't raise money with GoFundMe, we'll find another way. It will definitely be a group effort. It's not just one person, it's a lot of people holding hands," Jason Freeman told the Daily News.

Freeman, 41, said he was on a Thanksgiving walk in some Ohio woods when he learned the crowd-sourcing page set up by his friend John Jones had been deactivated.

The fundraiser reached $979 before GoFundMe shut it down and was meant to cover the legal, travel and burial fees associated with claiming Manson's remains in California.

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Bruce Davis is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. California Governor Jerry Brown denied parole on March 1, 2013, for a member of the Manson Family cult who was sentenced to life in prison for two murders in the 1970s, saying that he remained a danger to the public. In rejecting parole for Davis, who is now 70, Brown reversed the decision of a state parole board that had found him eligible for release after his 27th parole hearing last October.

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Charles Manson is escorted to court for preliminary hearing on December 3, 1969 in Los Angeles, California.

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In this handout photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Charles Manson, 74, poses for a photo on March 18, 2009 at Corcoran State Prison, California. Manson is serving a life sentence for conspiring to murder seven people during the 'Manson family' killings in 1969. The picture was taken as a regular update of the prison's files.

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The three female defendants in the Tate/LaBianca murder trial leave the Los Angeles courtroom after being convicted of first degree murder, 25th January 1971. From left to right, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins and Leslie Van Houten were found guilty of the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other people, in collaboration with Charles Manson. (Photo by Bride Lane Library/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Charles Manson who led a cult that committed murders in Los Angeles in the sixties is clean shaven in closeup photo.

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Charles Manson talks during an interview August 25, 1989.

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The three female members of Charles Manson's 'family' ham it up for photographers through the window of the sheriff's van as they arrive at the courthouse to continue the murder trial in the Tate-LaBianca case. Patricia Krenwinkle (left) makes a face as Leslie Van Houten and Susan Atkins (right) smile. August 5, 1970.

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Charles Manson clowns around as he is led to his cell upon the conclusion of his exclusive interview with Reuters August 25, 1989.

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Steve Grogan (left) and Bruce Davis (right), defendants in the murder of movie stunt man, Donald (Shorty) Shea are taken into court December 23. Davis, along with Charles Manson (not present) was accused of both the Gary Hinman and Shea murders, while Grogan was a defendant in the Shea case only. Grogan was later paroled, the only member of the 'Manson Family' to be paroled from a murder conviction.

Pittsburg Coroner Dr. Cyril Wecht, MD, JD. is seen in this photo taken January 22, 1998. Dr. Wecht is a nationally-known forensic pathologist who is often consulted on high-profile murder cases such as the John F. Kennedy assassination, O.J. Simpson case, Jon Benet Ramsey and the Helter Skelter murders of Charles Manson. The first non-governmental forensic pathologist to be granted access to autopsy materials in the 1963 Kennedy assassination, he said there was not enough information to challenge the Warren Commission's conclusion that a lone gunman killed the president and that investigators failed to find all those responsible for the killing.

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Charles Manson is led to court on March 29, 1971.

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Leslie Louis Van Houghten, (yellow dress), is taken by policewomen to a jail cell in the Hall of Justice, after she and two other girls waive arraignment on murder charges in connection with the Tate-LaBianca slayings. The three allegedly were members of a hippie cult led by Charles Manson.

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Charles Manson on his way to court in 1970.

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Leslie Van Houten listens during her parole hearing in Corona, California, June 28, 2002. Los Angeles' top prosecutor on June 28, 2016, urged California Governor Jerry Brown to keep former Charles Manson follower Van Houten behind bars, despite the recommendation of a parole board that she be released.

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Charles Manson prior to his appearance in Dept. 106 on March 6, 1970 in Los Angeles, California.

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One of many historic photos that is part of L.A.'s longest mural, depicting 150 years of history in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Building a.k.a. the Criminal Courts Building, Wednesday afternoon in downtown L.A. The mural covers 2,300 square feet, 18 walls, two floors and has 625 images. This is a photo of Charles Manson as he's escorted back to his cell after his arraignment.

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A trio of suspects in the Sharon Tate murder case sing as they march to court for a hearing. Left to right: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten march abreast along a corridor toward the courtroom where Judge William Keene set April 20th as the date for their trial with fellow suspect, Charles Manson.

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Charles 'Tex' Watson. Watson was convicted of murder for his part in the killings of Sharon Tate and others while a member of the 'Manson Family'

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Three days before he ran away from Boy's Town, Charles Manson poses in a suit and tie.

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(Original Caption) Bruce Davis, the Manson Family 'X' carved in his forehead, walks with his attorney Daye Shinn (right) after he surrendered himself to authorities outside the Hall of Justice. Davis is under indictment by the Grand Jury for the 1969 murder of Gary Hinman.

A TV picture of American musician, cult leader and murderer Charles Manson, September 1975. The image was broadcast around the time that Manson acolyte Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme was arrested after an attempt to kill US President Gerald Ford.

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Charles Manson as an adolescent. He would later become infamous for attempted to foment social chaos by murdering prominent celebrities.

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Accused murderer being led to and from court house in Inyo County, California. He is Charles Miller Manson, aged 34 years. 

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Accused murderer being led to and from court house in Inyo County, California. He is Charles Miller Manson, aged 34 years.

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Charles Manson sits in the courtroom during his murder trial in 1970 in Los Angeles, California.

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American actress Sharon Tate, on her wedding day to film director Roman Polanski. She was murdered by Charles Manson in California, 1969.

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Charles Manson, accused leader of a hippie cult charged with the Tate-LaBianca murders, is heavily guarded as he leaves the Hall of Justice following arraignment December 11th. He is shown being taken to a police van for removal to a jail cell and peering through the barred windows of the police van. Bearded, short of stature, he is wearing a fringed buckskin outfit.

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Polish film director Roman Polanski with his wife actress Sharon Tate in London. Sharon Tate was murdered in 1969 by Charles Manson and his followers.

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Charles Manson, convicted hippie leader, is sullen as he is led back into the courtroom to hear the penalty he and this three female followers must pay for the Tate-LaBianca murders of August 1969. Manson and his followers, Denise Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten were decreed the gas chamber by the jury following a nine month trial.

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A portrait of American criminal Charles Manson. 1970s

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Susan Atkins testified before the Los Angeles Grand Jury in December 1969, which indicted five individuals, including Atkins, and Charles Manson for the Tate-LaBianca killings.

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"I have no clue," Freeman said when asked if GoFundMe gave a reason for the blackout. "This is a circus. I'm letting a couple of my friends assist and help out. I'm trying to stay out of it."

The married father of three confirmed he discussed with Jones the high costs associated with flying to California to assert his next-of-kin status and claim Manson's remains from the Kern County Coroner.

"It's going to be a lot. There's a lot of people who want to contribute, and then there's a lot of people who want to protest," Freeman told The News.

Jones said on the GoFundMe page that Freeman lost his job this month and needs help because he also has a family to support.

Freeman said he still hopes to make it to California before the 10-day window for claiming Manson's remains closes.

"It's a family obligation. It's just what you do in life. I don't know what's going to come," he told The News.

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Charles Manson, the cult leader who sent followers known as the "Manson Family" out to commit gruesome murders, currently being held at California State Prison, Corcoran, California, U.S. is seen in this August 2017 photo released on November 16, 2017. Courtesy California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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CORCORAN STATE PRISON - MARCH 18: In this handout photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Charles Manson, 74, poses for a photo on March 18, 2009 at Corcoran State Prison, California. Manson is serving a life sentence for conspiring to murder seven people during the 'Manson family' killings in 1969. The picture was taken as a regular update of the prison's files. (Photo by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images)
Charles Manson reads a statement at his parole hearing in San Quentin. He was turned down for parole for the 6th time.
The Corcoran State Prison compound is seen in central California, where the 12th parole hearing for convicted mass murderer Charles Manson will take place, April 11, 2012. Aging mass murderer Manson, one of America's most notorious convicts, was scheduled for his latest parole review on Wednesday, where he has been serving a life prison term since the 1970s. Manson, 77, has been denied release on parole 11 times before, most recently in 2007. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
A car enters the Corcoran State Prison compound in central California, where the 12th parole hearing for convicted mass murderer Charles Manson will take place, April 11, 2012. Aging mass murderer Manson, one of America's most notorious convicts, was scheduled for his latest parole review on Wednesday, where he has been serving a life prison term since the 1970s. Manson, 77, has been denied release on parole 11 times before, most recently in 2007. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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Freeman first stepped forward in a 2012 CNN interview, saying he barely knew his own father, who was the only son of Manson and first wife Rosalie.

Born Charles Manson Jr., Freeman's estranged dad changed his name to Jay White after Rosalie divorced the future cult leader.

White eventually killed himself in June 1993 while in his late 30s.

Freeman said he blamed his grandfather for White's death until he started speaking with Manson by phone eight years ago and reached a place of "forgiveness."

Freeman started lobbying for the right to visit Manson at Corcoran State Prison but never succeeded. Asked why a meeting never took place, he declined to get specific but suggested Manson himself never gave the green light.

"I get emotional (talking about this)," Freeman told The News on Monday. "Some stuff is frustrating. He wanted to protect me, keep me out of all the pressure and hatred the world has."

Freeman lamented waiting so long to reach out to Manson.

"It's weighing on my shoulders. I should have been faster, should have done more, should have done something different. It's like I was trying too hard at the end of the marathon and now the marathon is over. That's what it feels like," he said. "I don't want to say I feel defeated, but I feel beat up right now."

Freeman said he believes his grandfather was "guilty of murder some time in his life," but he said his deep spirituality filled him with compassion.

"Most people in the world wouldn't understand. They wouldn't get what I'm saying. We all look at anybody and everybody who kills as a killer. But all I have is my love," he said.

The clock is ticking for Freeman to make his claim on Manson's remains.

Manson's body was in the possession of the Kern County Coroner Monday because he died of natural causes in a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., not Corcoran State Prison, a prison spokeswoman confirmed to The News.

According to state regulations, Mason's remains will be released to a licensed funeral director unless the coroner makes special arrangements.

Manson might even get a ceremony, if he asked for one.

"A chaplain of the decedent's professed faith may perform a ceremony in accordance with that faith," the California Code of Regulations governing inmate death states.

If Manson legally designated someone for death notification, prison staff will attempt to reach that person with a visit, telephone call or telegram, in accordance with state regulations.

If after 10 days the legally-approved person fails to contact the designated funeral director, Manson will be considered unclaimed, the regulations state.

In that case, the funeral home would make arrangements to inter Manson using state resources.

If not already there, Mason would likely be sent to Union Cemetery in Bakersfield for cremation. His ashes would then fit into a container about half the size of a shoebox.

According to the Kern County Coroner's website, unclaimed remains are interred at Union Cemetery.

A Bakersfield Californian report from 2010 said Kern County's unclaimed remains were stacked unceremoniously inside a group vault at Union Cemetery.

That unmarked vault was in the top row of a 90-year-old mausoleum on the property.

To find such unclaimed remains, visitors must consult the cemetery's records to determine location, the newspaper said.

Manson's followers killed actress Sharon Tate Polanski and six others during a terrifying two-night murder spree in August 1969.

Tate, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant, begged for her life as she was stabbed repeatedly inside her Los Angeles house along with coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring and two others.

The next night, Manson's gang chose another house at random and brutally murdered wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.

Manson was eventually convicted of nine murders in all and spent nearly a half century in prison before dying Sunday night at the age of 83.

He was originally sentenced to death, but that was commuted to life with the possibility of parole when the death penalty was briefly outlawed in 1972.

Prosecutors said Manson and his followers were trying to incite an Armageddon-like race war named after the Beatles' song "Helter Skelter."

Manson was denied parole 12 times between November 1978 and April 2012.

The last parole hearing he attended was in 1997.

He was not eligible to have another parole hearing until 2027.

Ben Gurecki, a Manson groupie who posted prison calls with the inmate on his YouTube channel, said Manson recently told him he was suffering from "heart failure."

"I'm tired," Manson said during calls in the last month, Gurecki claimed in an interview with The News. "I'm just tired."

Sharon Tate's sister Debra Tate has been a vocal advocate for keeping Manson's disciples in prison despite regular parole hearings.

She told The News late Sunday that she actually said a prayer for Manson after getting a call from prison officials about his death.

"I shed a tear for him. When I got the phone call at 8:30 that he had died, I said a prayer, shed a tear, stuck a flower under my cross in my bedroom and emailed Roman (Polanski)," Debra Tate said.

"I've processed through all of my hate for him. Hate isn't healthy. It won't bring my sister back. One could say I've forgiven him, but there's a difference between forgiving and forgetting," she said.

"He was sociopathic and very dangerous, like his followers. He was the root of the problems, but he was the least of my worries. He wasn't trying to get out of prison," she said, referring to his convicted followers.

"I sit across from these monsters many times a year, and I know very clearly they're still capable of heinous acts," she said. "For that reason, I've dedicated myself to seeing they stay right where they are until they draw their last breath, so they can't hurt anyone else."

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