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Charles Manson's Son Drops Out Of Fight For Killer's Estate

One of the men vying for control of Charles Manson’s estate has decided to drop his petition, according to court documents obtained exclusively by

According to the affidavit, Michael Brunner, Manson's son with former Manson Family member, Mary, filed a request to dismiss his petition in early May. A clerk noted on the document filed Wednesday, May 23 that Brunner’s petition will be denied without prejudice.

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Brunner is one of four men who are embroiled in a court battle to take charge of the late cult leader’s estate. The Helter Skelter killer died Nov. 19, 2017 after spending four decades in prison for orchestrating nine murders in 1969, including the death of actress Sharon Tate, wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski.


An informational copy obtained exclusively by revealed Manson died of acute cardiac arrest and other complications, including respiratory failure and metazoic colon cancer.

A Kern County judge ruled in March that Jason Freeman, Manson’s grandson from Charles Manson, Jr., should have the notorious cult leader’s remains, but the battle for his estate is still ongoing. Freeman also filed a petition in December seeking control over the estate through a special administrator.

Manson’s longtime pen pal, Michael Channels, also filed what he claims is Manson’s true Will, which the cult leader allegedly signed on Feb. 14, 2002.

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A judge had ruled Brunner initial petition had “defects," but in March, Brunner and another man, Matthew Robert Lentz, told the court they planned to join their efforts and move forward with a petition using a 2017 Will that Lentz filed at Los Angeles Superior Court.

The 8-page document filed by Lentz was allegedly signed by Manson on Jan. 11, 2017 at Concoran State Prison, where Manson was serving a life sentence until his death. In Lentz’s version of the Will, Manson listed longtime friend Benjamin J. Gureki as the executor of the his estate, but also listed Lentz as his only child.

Manson's cremated remains were scattered on a California hillside nearly four months after his death.

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