Florida Man strikes again.
A grandson of cult leader Charles Manson won the bizarre California court battle Monday over the killer’s body.
Kern County Superior Court Commissioner Alisa Knight ruled that Jason Freeman (from Florida) can retrieve Manson’s remains, which have been on ice in the Bakersfield morgue since he died in November.
Freeman didn’t immediately comment but previously said he would cremate and spread the ashes of Manson and put to rest “this so-called monster, this historical figure that shouldn’t have been blown up as big as it was for all these years.”
The fight over his corpse devolved into a circus of sorts with friends filing competing wills purportedly signed by the infamous inmate while kin began to come out of the woodwork to also stake a claim to the killer’s body and an estate that could include lucrative rights to songs Manson wrote or to license his image and other material.
While the decision clears the way for Manson to be cremated or buried, the battle for the body foreshadows what lies ahead as the same competing camps wrestle for control of the estate.
Freeman has denied having a deal to sell photos of the body. A video online shows Freeman’s son playing with a Manson puppet, complete with swastika on the forehead, and Freeman joking about stuffing the doll with Manson’s ashes and taking him fishing.
What a time to be alive, or dead in this case.