By: Kyle James | 11-29-2017 | News
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Charles Manson's Prison Pen Pal Wants His Remains

A battle is raging over the remains of ex-cult leader Charles Manson and his prison pen pal is eager to claim the remains as his own. Michael Channels became pen pals with Manson while he was in prison.

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Their relationship ultimately led to Manson naming Channels in a will that disinherits all of Manson's own relatives. Channels reportedly filed the will in probate court and told TMZ he plans to move Manson's body to a funeral home for cremation.

Charles Manson died on November 19, 2017, of natural causes at a hospital in Bakersfield, California. He served more than 45 years in prison for the murders of nine people in 1969 carried out on his orders by his cult followers.

Another friend of Manson named Ben Gurecki told the Daily News last week that he was in possession of a January 2017 will that named Manson's self-proclaimed "son" Mathew Roberts as the main beneficiary.

"Matthew and I will be there next week in person," Gurecki said. "Charlie will be given a headstone, a proper burial where people will be able to grieve or deface it as they see fit."

Among those battling for custody of the remains is Manson's biological grandson, Jason Freeman. A GoFundMe that was apparently set up by Freeman to claim the remains, cover travel, legal, and burial expenses was shut down just before Thanksgiving.

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