Killer mastermind Charles Manson died last month, but authorities in California still haven't resolved a basic, if morbid, question: What should happen to his body?
At least five people have claimed the rights to Manson's remains, including someone who says he is the infamous cult leader's grandson, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Two other individuals reportedly told officials they should have the rights to the body because they were pen pals with Manson.
The logistical brouhaha led Kern County’s attorneys to request Monday that the Los Angeles County Superior Court monitor any future claims to the body.
But therein lies another problem: Local officials are not even sure which court has jurisdiction over Manson’s estate. In California, jurisdiction over estates is determined by the location of the “domicile” of the decedent.
“What is the domicile of Charles Manson?” Bryan Walters, a county attorney, told the Los Angeles Times. “He would’ve returned to Los Angeles? He could’ve been shipped everywhere by the prison system. Is it where he was housed?”
The complexities, which Walters said were unexpected, have seemingly exasperated local officials.
“This is a really weird legal case,” Walters said. “It’s like a circus, and nothing is clear where we should hang our hat on.”
In the meantime, Manson's body remains on ice and will not be cremated, according to local reports.