AceShowbiz - A fundraising page for Charles Manson's funeral was launched on November 22 to fund the funeral costs of the mass murderer. John Jones, who set up the GoFundMe page, claimed to be a friend of Jason Freeman, Manson's grandson.
In the GoFundMe page, Jones shared a sad story of Freeman losing his job two days prior to Manson's passing. He also wrote that the former cult leader deserves to be buried with "honor, respect & dignity." He continued, "We will not sit back & let them throw Mr. Manson away like trash. His whole life he lived with the pain of feeling unclaimed. We must not let this happen in death. Together we can help Jason bring his grandfather home & prove to the world Charles WAS LOVED & WILL BE CLAIMED!"
The story managed to gain sympathy. By Thursday, the GoFundMe page amassed $979 of its goal of $15,000, but the page has since been shut down by the website. "I have no clue," Freeman said when asked if GoFundMe gave a reason for the deactivation. "This is a circus. I'm letting a couple of my friends assist and help out. I'm trying to stay out of it."
Freeman said that he's not going to stop trying to claim and bury his grandfather. "If we can't raise money with GoFundMe, we'll find another way. It will definitely be a group effort. It's not just one person, it's a lot of people holding hands," he told the Daily News.
"It's a family obligation. It's just what you do in life. I don't know what's going to come," he added, though realizing the high costs to fly to California and claim Manson's body from the Kern County Coroner.
Manson died in prison on Monday, November 20, after taken to a Bakersfield hospital earlier this month. He was 83. If no one claims his body within 10 days of his death, his remains will be cremated and any expenses incurred in the cremation will be taken from Manson's assets.
Freeman recently said he planned to have his grandfather cremated in California and then bring the ashes back home to his home in Florida. "Until I can make a rational decision about what to do next, I'd just like to have my grandfather's remains sitting there with me," the 41-year-old told SF Gate. "I'll be in California as soon as I can."