Charles Manson is dead. After 83 years alive, far more than he deserved, the murder-inspiring cult leader died on Nov. 19, 2017. Good riddance to bad trash. Although Charles Manson was a worthless piece of garbage who should be forgotten quickly, his memory is likely to endure. That’s because of the nature of pop culture and a fascination many people have with serial killers or, in this case, a jack hole who ordered other people to kill on his behalf.
Folks have always been obsessed with Manson, not just because of the grisly nature of his crimes, but also because of how he was tied to ‘60s pop stars and the counterculture. Nearly 50 years after Manson’s imprisonment, his “fans” continue to delight in following him.
Now that Charles Manson is dead, his body and all his worldly possessions should be thrown into a sewer or a volcano or something. But that’s not the way the law works. Manson had a will, and his meager possessions are going to pass to someone.
What exactly are the trash-person Charles Manson’s possessions? They include cash, image rights, clothing and Manson’s music catalog. Did you know Manson tried to make it as an LA songwriter in the ‘60s? The Beach Boys recorded one of Charles Manson's songs, “Never Learn Not to Love.” Although Charlie’s charming original title for it was “Cease to Exist.”
Who’s the mystery person who’s set to inherit Manson’s bag of garbage? Could it be a member of the so-called Manson Family, the cult of cretins who followed Charlie and murdered people for him in 1969? Some of them are not only still alive, but free.
One of the most well-known names from the Manson cult is Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme. She got out of prison in 2009 after serving almost 34 years. But the once-devoted Manson follower is not the recipient of his last will and testament.
Might the person cursed with inheriting nasty old Charlie Manson’s belongings be Tex Watson? Watson was one of Manson’s murderous cultists, committing several of the killings in the Tate and LaBianca murders. But this piece of crap, who sadly remains alive, won’t get Manson’s stuff.
Is the mystery person Susan Atkins, another infamous Manson devotee, the one who actually murdered pregnant Sharon Tate? No way. Atkins died in prison in 2009. She’d been there since 1969, and was denied parole more than 13 times before dropping dead at the too-old age of 61.
Manson’s first follower, Mary Brunner, may seem like a likely candidate for his will. After all, she had Charlie’s baby in the late ‘60s. But she won’t get his remaining possessions. Having not been involved in the murders, Brunner changed her name and moved to the middle of the U.S. in the late ‘70s. It’s not clear where she is or even if she’s still alive.
Could Linda Kasabian be the one who’s owed Manson’s stuff? No way. She was the Manson Family member who turned on Charlie and was the key witness in his prosecution. There’s no way he’d will his leftover trash to her. Not that she’d want it.
What about Afton Elaine Burton? You may recall her name from the news just a few years before Manson died. In 2014, the then 26-year-old tried to marry Manson. But the marriage never actually happened, and he did not will his belongings to her.
As a matter of fact, no one in the Manson family, nor anyone who tried to become his actual family, is the person to whom Charles Manson willed his possessions. Rather than a past devotee, the person is one of Manson’s current devotees. We’re talking about one of those ghouls who wrote to Manson in prison and thinks murderers are cool.
Channels told TMZ he filed Manson’s 2002 will in California probate court soon after Manson’s death. Channels will be not only the will’s beneficiary, but its executor. He is trying to claim Manson’s remains to he can have his pen pal cremated.
A self-proclaimed relative of Manson’s is also trying to claim his remains. Matthew Roberts claims to be the son of Charles Manson. He says Manson impregnated his mother when he raped her. In Manson’s last years, he and Roberts became close.
And so, perhaps unsurprisingly, the revolting drama of Charles Manson’s terrible, grotesque life continues even after his death. Who will be granted his putrid remains? He devoted pen pal of more than 20 years? Or a man who claims without any evidence to be the madman’s loving son? Whatever. They all deserve each other.