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Charles Manson's Grandson Tells All

Charles Manson's Grandson Tells All
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By    |   Monday, 15 April 2019 10:37 AM

Jason Freeman, who claims to be the grandson of Charles Manson, will tell all in a new documentary exploring his connection to the notorious cult leader and his highly publicized fight to win custody over the killer's corpse.

"I wanted to film my life journey and share the story through my eyes," Freeman told Fox News on why he participated in "Charles Manson: The Funeral," which premieres on April 13. "I knew at the time my grandfather was sick. … [but] I had no clue this film would ultimately chronicle his death."

Manson, who became the face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died in 2017 at age 83 after nearly a half-century in prison.

Not long after Manson's death a bizarre fight over his corpse erupted with three parties ultimately locked in a court battle to claim the remains, according to the New York Daily News.

Among them was Freeman, who claimed to be the murderer's grandson, as well as a man who said he was fathered by Manson, and a pen pal who was friends with Manson. Freeman won the case and rights to Manson's remains.

Freeman was raised by his mother in Ohio and, although he said he knew Manson was his grandfather, he only understood what this meant years later.

"It really hit me during history class in junior high," he said, according to Fox News. "I came in and the name Charles Manson was written on the chalkboard. When that story was opened up and revealed to me about the murders, that’s the first time I would say that I was exposed to everything. Before then… I really didn’t have the graphic details of what happened or how many people were killed."

Freeman connected with Manson in 2011 through letters and phone calls but is reluctant to discuss his conversations in the documentary. When asked why he chose to continue speaking with his grandfather, Freeman said Manson had no one else. He added that, through the documentary, he hoped to finally set the record straight and shed some light on his unusual upbringing.

"If you have a belief in our God… you know we walk through this life and try to do the right thing," he said, according to Fox News. "And it was the right thing for me to take that next step in my life and accepting my grandfather into my life. This is my story. And it was an experience that I would never give up. I found answers about my family that I needed to know personally. And you only have one family. There’s no one else there. It was a no-brainer for me. That’s just what you do."

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Jason Freeman, who claims to be the grandson of Charles Manson, will tell all in a new documentary exploring his connection to the notorious cult leader and his highly publicized fight to win custody over the killer's corpse.
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