Dale A. Kiken, a lawyer for Mr. Freeman, said the ruling would bring closure to Mr. Freeman. He said his client had struggled with his family’s history, saying that Mr. Freeman’s father, Charles Manson Jr., who killed himself in 1993, was also not someone he admired.
“He’s trying to deal with that in his own way, and part of that is bringing part of the episode to a close,” Mr. Kiken said in an interview on Monday night. “That’s a pretty big burden.”
The second part of the legal battle, over the heir to Mr. Manson’s personal belongings, was expected to continue in Los Angeles Superior Court this week.
Throughout his life, Mr. Manson acquired a bizarre celebrity status, attracting fanatical followers, pen pals and collectors of his jail-cell creations. In some ways, the legal battle after his death has mirrored Mr. Manson’s mystifying grip on American pop culture that he held long after the brutal killings by his followers, known as the Tate-LaBianca murders, on two consecutive nights in August 1969.
“There is a lot of notoriety around Mr. Manson, and there still remains a cadre of peoples who hold him in high esteem,” Mr. Kiken said.
The first person who filed a claim for Mr. Manson’s remains was Michael Channels, a longtime pen pal with him, who said the killer gave him a will in 2002 that left everything to Mr. Channels. But Judge Knight wrote in her ruling that the will presented by Mr. Channels did not meet California’s legal requirements.
The other petition was filed by Benjamin Gurecki and Matthew Lentz and claimed that Mr. Lentz was Mr. Manson’s son. But because Mr. Lentz was adopted after he was born, he forfeited any relationship with his biological parents, Judge Knight ruled.
Mr. Kiken said Mr. Freeman planned to travel to California within the next week to receive Mr. Manson’s body. In the meantime, the next legal phase moves to Los Angeles, where the same four men have made claims for his belongings.
But it is unclear what Mr. Manson, who was sentenced to prison in 1971 on seven counts of first-degree murder, left to be collected.
“What has a guy who has been in jail for 50 years have to his name?” Mr. Kiken said. “I couldn’t begin to value what is there.”
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