Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Woman who says she's Charles Manson's sister withdraws from dispute over his estate

Manson1968Nancy Claassen, who claims to be cult leader Charles Manson’s sister, has backed out of a dispute over his estate. Claassen’s withdrawal was granted, however, it is possible for her to file again in the future. 

Manson’s estate remains in dispute between Jason Freeman, who claims to be Manson’s grandson, and Michael Channels, a longtime friend of Manson. Channels claims he has a will written by Mason’s that names him as beneficiary. 

It is up to the court to determine if the will Channels is in possession of is valid, because under California law, if an individual dies unmarried and without a will, their estate goes to their children or grandchildren.

Manson’s estate is modest in value, which only includes the items he possessed while incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison. It is estimated the estate includes two or three guitars, personal writings, and clothing. Because of Manson’s notoriety, it is possible for these items to be worth a lot of money.

For more information:

See Jonah Valdez “Woman who says she's Charles Manson's sister withdraws from dispute over his estate” Yahoo! Finance, July 27, 2022.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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