The cult leader’s heir? Lawyer produces Charles Manson Jr.’s birth certificate amid probate battle

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Prison photo of Charles Manson taken August 14, 2017. Photo courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

An attorney representing the temporary special administrator of Charles Manson’s estate has filed what he says is Charles Manson Jr.’s birth certificate and provides proof that he is the late cult leader’s son in the latest turn regarding who will permanently oversee the succession.

Attorney Alan Davis filed the document Tuesday in response to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ruben Garcia’s June 17 finding that while he believes Jason Freeman, 45, of Bradenton, Florida, is the son of Manson Jr. and a potential heir to the eldest. Manson, further litigation was needed to determine if Manson Jr. was indeed the offspring of the infamous criminal.

The birth certificate produced by Davis and obtained from the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office indicates that Manson Jr. was born on April 10, 1956, at what was then known as Los Angeles County General Hospital to Manson Sr., then 21 years old. , and Rosalie Jean Willis, then 18 years old.

Davis is representing Dale Kiken, an attorney and the current temporary special administrator of the Manson Estate. Kiken argues for Freeman’s claim of kinship, which is disputed by a former Manson correspondent as well as Manson’s professed sister.

Manson Jr. was also named Charles Jay White and he committed suicide in June 1993. In his findings, the Garcia said he concluded that Freeman was the son of Manson Jr. based on a finding from February 1986 by an Ohio judge in which Manson Jr. was ordered to pay child support to Freeman’s mother.

“This court finds that Freeman is potentially an … heir to (Manson) assuming he is deceased (without a will) and petitioner Kiken can prove that Charles Manson Jr. is the son of Charles Manson,” Garcia wrote.

Davis said the Ohio order went unchallenged for decades until current challenges from former Manson correspondent Michael Channels and Nancy Claassen of Spokane, Wash., who alleges in her court papers that she and Manson had the same mother and is therefore his “sole heir in law”.

Freeman, Channels, and Claassen all vie to administer the late cult leader’s estate.

Lawyer Timothy Lyons, on behalf of Channels, told a hearing in May that Judge Clifford Klein, who previously presided over the case and has since retired, gave no weight to the court’s decision. Ohio court. He also said there was no evidence that Manson Jr. paid Freeman spousal support.

Attorney Dilair Nafoosi, on behalf of Claassen, said the Ohio decision was about child support and not whether Freeman was an heir to Manson.

Klein signed an order in 2019 ordering Freeman to take a DNA test, but his decision was overturned by a three-judge 2nd District Court of Appeals panel in 2021. Freeman once told Klein that he would not voluntarily agree to DNA testing, but would obey a court order to do so.

Chains had requested Freeman’s DNA test. In his court documents, Channels said Manson’s 2002 will, filed in Kern County in November 2017, named him executor of Manson’s estate.

Freeman filed court documents stating that Channels’ certification should be denied because it was created “as a direct result of undue influence exercised by (Channels) over (Manson) and is not, and does not ever was, the will of (Manson).”

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday.

Manson suffered from heart disease and other ailments before he died in November 2017 at the age of 83.

Manson and members of his outcast supporter ‘family’ were found guilty of murdering actress Sharon Tate – who was eight months pregnant – and six others during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area in August 1969.

Prosecutors said Manson and his supporters were trying to incite a race war he dubbed “Helter Skelter,” from the Beatles song of the same name.

The Manson clan also stabbed grocery magnate Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary La Bianca to death the night after the Tate murders.

Manson was found guilty of seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of Tate, the La Biancas and four others at the Tate residence – the cafe heiress Abigail Ann Folger, photographer Wojciech Frykowski, hairdresser Jay Sebring and Steven Earl Parent, who was shot dead in his car while driving to the home of an acquaintance who lived in a separate guesthouse on Tate property.

Manson and his followers Charles “Tex” Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel, and the late Susan Atkins were all convicted and sentenced to state prisons in 1971. Manson was also convicted in December of that year of murder in the first degree for July 25. 1969, death of Gary Hinman and death in August 1969 of Donald Shea.

Manson and the others were originally sentenced to death, but a 1972 state Supreme Court decision commuted all death sentences in California to life in prison. There was no life sentence without parole at the time.

Manson has been denied parole a dozen times.

-City news service

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