2017-11-23 22:15:34 UTC
The body of notorious cult leader Charles Manson, who died earlier this week at
age 83, is currently languishing at the Kern County Coroners office in
California, and if his next-of-kin doesnt show up to claim it in the next week,
its fate is up to prison officials. His grandson says he doesnt have the cash
to come get the body, though, so his friend set up a GoFundMe for him.
Unfortunately, it looks like GoFundMes pulled the campaign, and Mansons body
is still, probably, in a freezer.
TMZ first spotted the GoFundMe campaign this morning, noting it had already
racked up $949 to help pay for Mansons funeral expenses. But by the afternoon,
the campaign had disappeared. Manson grandson Jason Freeman, 41, told the NY
Daily News hes not sure why the campaign was pulled, or how hell get to
California to claim Mansons body. This is a circus. Im letting a couple of my
friends assist and help out, he said, adding, Im trying to stay out of it.
Freeman said he started speaking with Manson, who infamously led his cult
members to murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in the summer of
1969, about eight years ago. The two never met in person, Freeman said, but he
did reach a place of forgiveness with his grandfather. Most people in the
world wouldnt understand. They wouldnt get what Im saying. We all look at
anybody and everybody who kills as a killer. But all I have is my love, he
The Los Angeles Times reported this week that Freeman has until November 29 to
claim Mansons body. If he fails to do so, prison officials will decide whether
to cremate or bury Manson, and after a year they can auction off his belongings.
Per the NY Daily News, the Kern County Coroners office usually deposits
unclaimed remains at Union Cemetery, where they are cremated and interred in a
The now-shuttered GoFundMe campaign sought to prevent that. We will not sit
back & let them throw Mr. Manson away like trash, the campaigns site read, per
Vibe. His whole life he lived with the pain of feeling unclaimed. We must not
let this happen in death. Together we can help Jason bring his grandfather home
& prove to the world Charles WAS LOVED & WILL BE CLAIMED!