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Monday, December 25, 2017

Fight for Charles Manson’s Body Is a ‘Circus’ County Attorney Says

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2017-12-24/a5a4a6a4-1dcd-4030-85cd-6cd481a9dedb.pngThough Charles Manson died over a month ago, his body remains on ice. Part of the problem with disposing of the remains is the number of individuals that have come forward with claims. Among at least five claimants, there are two pen pals and a man claiming to be the cult leader’s grandson, all of whom claim they have a right to the body. Another issue is jurisdictional. Local officials are not certain which court actually has jurisdiction to distribute Manson’s estate. Bryan Walter, a local attorney, said that this “is a really weird legal case. It’s like a circus, and nothing is clear where we should hang our hat on.” Until officials make a decision, Manson’s corpse will not be cremated.

See Fight for Charles Manson’s Body Is a ‘Circus’ County Attorney Says, Fox News, December 22, 2017.


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