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Manson's Grandson Claims He's Killer's Rightful Heir, Slams Men Fighting For Estate

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The fight for Charles Manson’s estate was even more bizarre with two men claiming to be his sons join their efforts, while the late cult leader’s grandson challenges their claims. 

Dale Kiken, the administrator for Charles Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman, filed documents on Monday, April 2 exclusively obtained by, objecting the competing petition filed by Michael G. Brunner and Matthew Robert Lentz.

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Brunner, Manson’s son with former Manson Family member, Mary, said he believes the affidavit in Lentz’s possession is the deceased cult leader’s true and final Will. The 8-page Will allegedly signed by Manson on Jan. 11, 2017, however, lists Lentz as Manson’s only child.

That Will was allegedly signed by Manson at Concoran State Prison, where the Helter Skelter killer was serving a life sentence before his death on Nov. 19 at the age of 83. The cult mastermind spent 47 years in prison after he was found guilty of orchestrating the murders of Sharon Tate and eight other innocent victims during a 1969 crime spree that shocked the nation.

According to the April 2 court documents obtained exclusively by Radar, Kiken said the Will produced by Lentz was “procured by fraud or undue influence” and is a forgery that "does not contain the affirming signature of the Decedent.”

Kiken said Lentz’s child-parent relationship with Manson, if there was ever any, was severed when Lentz was adopted. In the affidavit, Kiken also said Manson allegedly told a third party that Brunner was not his biological child.

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“Brunner has never sought to determine his biological paternity although he has had decades to do so; and Brunner has stated I one or more interviews words to the effect that he has felt no connection to the Decedent and resisted any contact with the Decedent, supporting the connection that Brunner is not related to the Decedent.”

Meanwhile, a fourth man — Manson’s long-time pen pal Michael Channels — also claims he has correct and true version of the Will, which Channels said the cult leader allegedly signed on Feb. 14, 2002. In Channel’s version of the Will, Manson said he wanted his remains be released to Channels, and that he had disinherited his two sons, Brunner and Charles Manson, Jr.

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In that Will, Manson allegedly wrote he wanted all of his estate to go to Channels, including image, music, movie and publishing rights.

Manson’s remains were cremated and scattered in a California hillside on March 17 shortly after a Kern County judge ruled the Freeman, Manson’s grandson from Charles Jr., should have the body.

A May 8 hearing has been scheduled at Los Angeles Superior Court where all parties will appear concerning the fight for the cult leader’s estate.

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