Charles Manson’s grandson says he regrets not getting a final visit with his infamous grandfather and hopes to lay him to rest.
Jason Freeman, 41, told the New York Daily News that he plans to fly to California next week to make arrangements. However, he declined to elaborate on how he would prove to prison officials that he’s Manson’s next of kin.
“I’m going to move towards having a proper burial,” Freeman said Monday.
“I will definitely speak with the inner circle of people who love my grandfather and who may know more of where he would want to be. I’m working on doing my part.”
By all accounts, Manson’s body is at Corcoran State Prison, where it’ll remain for 10 days unless a relative claims it. The prison will cremate Manson’s body if it goes unclaimed. Manson, who died Sunday evening, reportedly didn’t list a next of kin.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Manson, 83, had three known sons. Charles Manson Jr., his eldest son, was born in 1956, shortly after Manson married Rosalie Willis in 1955. Willis was three months pregnant when Manson was jailed on a probation violation and a vehicle theft charge
Manson Jr. reportedly changed his name to Jay White after his parents divorced. However, Freeman said that White continued to struggle with having a murderous father. White fatally shot himself on June 29, 1993, off a highway in Burlington, Colorado.
Freeman reportedly told CNN in 2012 that he blamed Manson for his estranged father’s death until he spoke with his grandfather over the phone. He told the Daily News that he sought to visit Manson at Corcoran State Prison without success—hinting that Manson never signed off on the meeting
“Anybody with a kind heart and a gentle soul would want to see their parents or grandparents at their worst states in life; I just want to visit my grandfather while he’s in the hospital before it’s too late,” Freeman said in January, according to the New York Post.
“I love people even if they do me wrong or if they’ve done things wrong in their lives, I believe in forgiveness.”
Freeman said he believed that Manson didn’t connect with him as Manson wanted to “protect” him from the backlash that comes with bearing the family’s name.
Now, the cult leader’s grandson revealed that plans create a documentary with the help of New York-based producer Joe Townley. Townley told the Daily News that the working title is Manson’s Bloodline.
“As I’ve learned in past eight years, there’s more than one side of the story, and now that he’s passed, you’ll see a lot more of what really happened in the future,” Freeman said.
[Featured Image: Jason Freeman/Facebook; Charles Manson/Corcoran State Prison]