LOS ANGELES – The fight over Charles Manson's body was thrown Friday from a Los Angeles court, when another potential heir intervened in the case and the grandson of the court leader made an emotional plea to a judge.
In a hearing to determine the place of legal battles over Manson's estate and the disposition of his remains, Jason Freeman, whose father was born to Manson's first wife, echoed the frustration of several parties who tried control the famous criminal body. since he died in November.
"My grandfather has been on ice for 60 days," Freeman said in court as he drowned.
Judge David Cowan divided the two Manson duel cases, deciding that the litigation over the lucrative potential of the estate should remain in Los Angeles because Manson lived there when he was arrested and convicted of the murders of the actress Sharon Tate and eight others .
Cowan said the case about rem Ains, however, belongs to Kings County, where the cult leader was imprisoned, or to Kern County, where he died on January 19 in a Bakersfield hospital on November 19. A hearing has already been scheduled Wednesday in Bakersfield and the Kern County coroner, who has the body, requested that the case be decided there.
Each of the parties that have come to the court have said they want to pick up Manson's body so he can be cremated or buried properly, although some have suggested that others have less motives noble, like selling pictures of corpses or carving Manson's tattoos to sell or exhibit.
Freeman, an oil worker and former professional mixed martial arts fighter, said he met Manson in the last eight years of his life through phone calls and letters. He said it was not an easy or fluid relationship and that Manson had urged him not to get involved in his affairs, but that he felt it was his mission.
"I'm here to claim my grandfather, have him cremated, spread his ashes and do the right thing," Freeman said. "And put this supposed monster, this historical figure that should not have been blown as big as it was during all these years, now that he has died, I want to help to bury him"
So far, three parties have claimed before a court Manson's body of the morgue and take control of any asset, which could include rights over any property he has left, the commercial right to use his image or royalties to the songs he wrote. Guns N & # 39; Roses recorded a song by Manson, "Look at Your Game, Girl", and the Beach Boys, with whom Manson was familiar, recorded a variation of a song he wrote.
Freeman is being challenged by Manson's pen pal, Michael Channels, who has a will that names him as executor and sole beneficiary.
A lawyer for an alleged son of Charles Manson appeared in court on Friday for the first time and said he represented Michael Brunner, whose mother was one of the first members of the infamous "Manson family". Mary Brunner was in jail when Manson's followers massacred Tate and his friends, and a wealthy grocer and his wife for two nights in August 1969.
Representatives of another alleged son, Matthew Lentz, who he claims was sired by Manson during a Wisconsin orgy, have said he would appear in court, but has not attended two hearings and has not yet filed court documents. However, a testament allegedly signed by Manson leaving everything to Lentz, his "living child," was filed with the Kern County coroner.
The attorneys for Freeman, Brunner and Kern County have questioned the validity of both testaments.  Brunner's attorney, Daniel Mortensen, said that Manson recognized his client as a son, but they did not have a close relationship. He said that Brunner, a military veteran, would cremate the remains and immediately eliminate them in a dignified manner "that does not attract cultured people".
"He wants to finish as fast as possible with the circus," said Mortensen. "He does not want anything macabre to continue with the body"