Infamous cult leader Charles Manson, who organized numerous murders in the 1960s—including that of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others—died in 2017, but the details of his life are currently playing out in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, which premiered on July 26.
While the film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie (who plays Tate), will offer viewers a look into the disturbing lives of Manson and his followers, people don't know much about his death. According to the The Los Angeles Times, details about Manson’s death were kept veeeeeerrry hush-hush, but here’s what is public knowledge:
At age 83, Charles Manson died on November 19, 2017 of natural causes in California.
And that’s all officials would say, according to the LA Times. Manson had been hospitalized a few days before his death, but officials wouldn’t offer details about what he was receiving treatment for—whether it was something new or if it was an existing condition.
What the Times was able to report was that Manson’s condition was "serious," per a source. And, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation policy, inmates who are hospitalized are supervised 24 hours per day, so while the deets about his death might be murky, the people charged with keeping watch over him were definitely around.
In fact, Manson had tons of security around him all the time because, during his 46 years in prison, he caused many a scene. Apparently, he spit in guards' faces, set fires, and threw coffee at prison staffers.
His grandson has his remains.
At least, Jason Freeman claims to be Manson’s grandson. According to CNN, Manson’s body sat on ice in an undisclosed location for four months because no one knew what to do with it.
People claiming to be his friends and family all wanted it, but no decision was made until March when a judge ruled that the will presented by one of Manson’s friends was invalid. Instead, she ruled his grandson Freeman could decide what to do with the body. He had it cremated.
The question that remained, however, was who would get Manson's estate since two people claimed to have wills signed my Manson leaving his property to them. This battle over his estate is still ongoing.
He’s survived by three sons… most likely.
In addition to Freeman, Manson's supposed grandson, three men claim Manson was their father. The first is Charles Manson Jr., who Manson had with his first wife Rosalie Jean Willis. Manson Jr., according to Newsweek, changed his name to Jay White and committed suicide in 1993.
There are fewer details out there about Manson's other two sons, Charles Luther and Valentine Michael. However, another man, Matthew Roberts, who, per the publication, was adopted as a child and told at by his birth mother at age 14 that Manson was his father. However, according to DNA tests, Roberts and Manson actually have no relation.
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