A man who says Charles Manson is his father wants a Los Angeles judge to dismiss the claims of two others competing with him for probate of the estate of the late mass murderer.
Michael Brunner, who lives in Wisconsin, says in papers filed March 1 in Los Angeles Superior Court that he doubts Jason Freeman is actually a grandson of Manson as Freeman claims. Freeman is seeking to have one of his lawyers, Dale Kiken, administer the Manson estate.
“There is substantial reason to believe Jason Freeman is not an heir of decedent,” according to Brunner’s court papers, which further allege that the convicted killer denied any relationship with Freeman and that the two probably never even met.
Brunner further states in his court papers that he is skeptical of Freeman’s claim that he is the son of the late Charles Manson Jr., who committed suicide in June 1993.
“Mr. Freeman is reported to have taken a DNA test with (Manson’s) son, Matthew Lentz, to determine if they were related, which results were negative,” according to Brunner’s court papers.
The other person seeking to probate the estate is former Manson pen pal Michael Channels, who along with Freeman is seeking to obtain control of the killer’s remains. Channels said he has a copy of Manson’s will. However, like Freeman, Brunner alleges the will is fraudulent, noting that Channels claims he was a witness to the signing of the will and that he is its sole beneficiary, creating a “presumption of duress, menace, fraud or undue influence.”
Manson spent nearly 50 years incarcerated and died Nov. 19 at age 83 at Bakersfield Mercy Hospital of heart failure triggered by colon cancer that had spread to other areas of his body.
Brunner’s petition states that Manson had no will.
A hearing on Brunner’s motion is scheduled for March 16.
–City News Service
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