Charles Manson Grandson’s Estate Granted Temporary Custody Of Killer's Possessions

Aug. 28 2018, Updated 7:23 p.m. ET

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A judge granted Charles Manson’s grandson’s estate temporary possession over materials the cult leader accumulated in a California state prison for nearly five decades before his death last year, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.

On Tuesday, August 28, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Clifford L. Klein approved an emergency order request filed by Dale Kiken, who is acting as an administrator of the estate for Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman.

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Kiken filed the emergency order on August 14 since California prisons destroy or dispose of property left by a decedent prisoner a year after death.

Manson died at a Kern County hospital on Nov. 19, 2017 at the age of 83, but the cult leader spent five decades at Corcoran State Prison in California where his possessions are still being held.

Under the order, Kiken will serve as a temporary special administrator and will have the authority to move Manson’s possessions out of the prison and possibly into a storage facility until the court resolves the issue over who will take over the estate permanently.

Freeman and Manson’s longtime pen pal, Michael Channels, are vying for control of the Helter Skelter cult leader’s estate. Items left by the cult leader could have intrinsic value because of Manson’s notoriety.

Alan Davis, Kiken’s attorney, told RadarOnline exclusively that he and Kiken might make a trip to Corcoran State Prison in the next few weeks. As part of the temporary order, Kiken must make a list of Manson's possessions and provide that list to Channels and his attorney.

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Kiken also must pay a $20,000 bond to secure the property, Davis said.

“We want to preserve and protect whatever he had, but we don’t really know what might be there,” Davis told Radar. “It might be one box, or it could be a lot more since he lived there for almost 50 years. Obviously, he would’ve accumulated some possessions.”

A hearing has been set for December 14 concerning Freeman and Channel’s competing petitions for Manson’s estate.

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