What Will Happen to Charles Manson’s Body After His Death in Bakersfield?

Charles Manson is seen en route to a Los Angeles courtroom in December 1970. (Credit: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times)

Charles Manson is seen en route to a Los Angeles courtroom in December 1970. (Credit: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times)

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the agency took custody of convicted murderer Charles Manson’s body after he died of natural causes at a local hospital, but what will happen to it now was still unclear Tuesday.

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.

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