Manson’s death leaves questions over autopsy, property

Charles Manson’s death came with a string of unanswered questions, from whether the notorious cult leader left a will to what, if any, possessions he left behind. The convicted killer, 83, who once aspired to musical notoriety and dabbled in art, succumbed Sunday after spending nearly half a century in prison.


According to the nation criminal code, if no assert is made for an inmate’s body by a family member or appointed representative, the remains will be cremated or buried “no sooner than 10 calendar days” after the death.

The state may waive the 10 -day period if confirmation is received that the inmate’s household or appointed representative refuse to take possession of the body.

Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman for the nation Corrections Department, said she could not corroborate if relevant agencies was aware of a family member. Manson was born in Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 1934, to a teenager, possibly a prostitute. “My parent is the jailhouse, ” Manson once said in court.


That was unclear Monday.

Authorities attributed Manson’s death Sunday to natural causes. The state Corrections Department referred questions about a possible autopsy to the Kern County coroner, a branch of the district sheriff’s department.

The state Corrections Department “does not have jurisdiction over autopsies, ” Waters, the spokesperson, said in an email. But the sheriff’s department said the inquiry should be directed to the state.


The state did not disclose what, if anything, the convicted killer left behind in his cell, citing regulations that limit information that can be released about inmates.

Waters said she could not say if Manson left a will. If one is located, state officials must, within 30 days after the demise, deliver the will to the court having jurisdiction of the estate. If an executor is named in the will, that person would be notified.

If no one comes forward after an inmate’s demise, all money and personal estate would be inventoried. Those monies would be used to cover cremation or burial expenses and related charges.

If no claim is attained for any remaining monies or property, state rules outlined a procedure of steps 😛 TAGEND

–Any remaining fund or other personal property would be held for one year, for heirs or others who might come forward.

–After a year, the money would be sent to a country fund for unclaimed property, a kind of storehouse where banks or insurance companies typically turn over orphaned money or property. If unclaimed, those funds would revert to the country after five years, in agreement with the state controller’s office.

–Remaining property could be auctioned. Property that is unsold, or deemed valueless, could be destroyed.

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