Why Charles Manson's remains are still on ice months after his death

At least four people are fighting to claim Charles Manson’s body, which is why it has remained on ice in California since his death on November 19th.

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The first was Jason Freeman, a man who alleges he’s Manson’s grandson, filing birth and death certificates as evidence to claim the body and the estate.

He says he had a relationship with Manson during his final years and that he’d donate any potential inheritance.

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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.
File Photo: Convicted mass murderer Charles Manson is shown in this handout picture from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation dated June 16, 2011 and released to Reuters April 8, 2012. REUTERS/CDCR/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
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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Another man, Michael Brunner, claims he’s Manson’s son with an early follower named Mary Brunner.

He provided a baptismal certificate dated two months after Manson’s arrest in 1969.

Both men plan to cremate the remains and scatter the ashes privately, and their lawyers are discussing potentially working together.

Two other men who claim they possess Manson’s valid will.

One cites memorabilia collector Benjamin Gurecki as executor and another man, Matthew Robert Lentz, as Manson’s son and sole heir, though CNN’s DNA test showed no match.

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The will, which was given to the coroner but not formally filed, is missing one of two witness signatures required by the state of California.

The other will comes from another memorabilia collector, Michael Channels.

The document is dated to 2002 — but Channels is one of the two witnesses to sign, which is not allowed by state law, since he has a vested interest.

The rights to Manson’s remains and his estate are two separate cases, one in a probate court and the second in a civil one.

The court could decide about Manson’s body on March 7th — with the estate case heading to a probate court two days later.

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