The Kern County, Calif., Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that the agency took custody of convicted murderer Charles Manson’s body after he died of natural causes at a local hospital.
What will happen to it now?
According to state law, Manson’s next of kin has 10 days — or until Nov. 29 — either to claim or decline to take possession of the body. If his relatives decline, prison officials must make arrangements for cremation or burial.
If Manson, who was 83, has any personal funds or property in the agency’s custody, they would go toward his cremation or burial expenses, under state law. If any belongings are not claimed within a year, officials can auction them off.
It’s possible that Manson’s body could have been claimed already. No details were available. A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation referred questions to the Kern County sheriff-coroner, while a spokesman for the sheriff-coroner referred questions back to state prison officials.
“I don’t have any idea what the plan is for his remains at this point,” said Kern County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Adam Plugge.
Manson was the mastermind behind a string of brutal murders in Los Angeles in 1969. Manson and members of his “family” of followers were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six other people during the bloody rampage.
Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was 8 ½ months pregnant when she was killed at her hilltop home in Benedict Canyon on Aug. 9, 1969. Four others were stabbed and shot to death the same night: Jay Sebring, 35; Voytek Frykowski, 32; Abigail Folger, 25, a coffee heiress; and Steven Parent, 18, a friend of Tate’s caretaker.
The next night, Manson rode with his followers to the Los Feliz home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, then left three members to kill the couple.
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