Manson's Grandson Forgave Him. GoFundMe, Not So Much

Fundraiser for Jason Freeman, meant to help pay for Manson's funeral, shut down by site
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2017 1:12 AM CST
GoFundMe Shuts Down Manson Funeral Fundraiser
This photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Charles Manson on April 4, 2012.   (AP Photos/California Department of Corrections)

Charles Manson has a next of kin willing to claim his body, but grandson Jason Freeman might not be able to get to California from Ohio in time. GoFundMe pulled the plug on a fundraising site set up to help him with travel and burial expenses Thursday after $979 had been raised, TMZ reports. John Michael Jones, the friend who set up the page, says he has set up a new fundraiser on PayPal and it "breaks his heart" to see the 41-year-old Freeman face the "same prejudices, hate, discrimination, and deliberate lies that his grandfather endured for 48 years." Freeman's father, the cult leader's son from his first marriage, changed his name from Charles Manson Jr. to Jay White. He killed himself in 1993.

Freeman, a married father of three, lost his job last month, Jones wrote on the fundraising page. Freeman tells the New York Daily News that they will find another way to raise the money to give Manson a proper burial. "It's a family obligation," he says. "It's just what you do in life." He says he barely knew his own father and never met his grandfather, but he reached out to Manson by phone eight years ago and reached a place of "forgiveness." Manson, who was serving nine life sentences for murder, died in a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital Sunday at age 83. Under state regulations, if the inmate's body isn't claimed from the Kern County coroner by Nov. 29, it will be declared unclaimed and will probably be cremated. (More Charles Manson stories.)

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