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Battle Over Cult Leader Charles Manson's Estate Goes To Court

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LA Times

Notorious cult leader Charles Manson has managed to make the news again, months after he died.

Manson became infamous in the 1960s as the leader of The Family, a cult whose members were responsible for the murders of at least nine people, including actress Sharon Tate.

Manson in 1969.AP

While Manson wasn't convicted of any murders himself, he spent 48 years in prison for orchestrating the crimes before his death behind bars last year, at age 83.

But two months after he died, Manson's body still hasn't been buried or cremated. In fact, the notorious criminal's corpse may be subjected to a DNA test to help sort out a confusing legal battle over his estate.

Manson in 2016.AP

While Manson didn't have many possessions when he died, his career in the music industry before being sent to jail could be worth a lot of money. Manson has writing credits on songs recorded by The Beach Boys and Guns N' Roses.

Manson's property may also be worth thousands to  ghoulish "murderabilia" collectors looking to get their hands on anything owned by the cult leader.

But the fight over Manson's estate, including multiple wills, pen pals, and a man who claims to be Manson's grandson, is going to court this week.

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