The notorious cult leader was cremated on Saturday (March 17)
Notorious cult leader Manson passed away last November at the age of 83. It was later revealed that he died of acute cardiac arrest, respiratory failure and colon cancer.
Reports now state that a memorial was held on Saturday (March 17) at a funeral home in Porterville, California, with Manson’s body cremated on site.
Mark Pitcher, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, told The Associated Press that around 20-25 people attended the service, including Manson’s grandson Jason Freeman.
Guests including former Manson Family member Sandra Good also attended a private viewing of the body earlier in the day.
Freeman, who never met Manson in person, had recently won a court battle over control of Manson’s remains. He previously told Rolling Stone that he intended to “take the proper steps” to “show my respect to my grandfather” and “for everyone who stands firm in the truth of life”.
The funeral home’s owner, Les Peters told The Porterville Recorder that there was a “hippie vibe” at the service and that songs written and performed by Manson were played, as well as his cover versions of Beach Boys and Guns N’ Roses songs.
Charles Manson shocked the world in 1969 after leading the Manson Family, a notorious cult that committed the murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight other victims on his orders. Tate was found stabbed to death in her Hollywood home, while other victims included celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring and coffee empire heiress Abigail Folger.
When police investigated the deaths, they discovered that Manson had sent his followers to commit the murders as part of a belief that it would start a race war which had been prophesied in ‘Helter Skelter’ by The Beatles.
After being sentenced to death in 1971, his conviction was eventually commuted into a life sentence, with Manson remaining imprisoned in California until his death.
Since Manson’s death, it has been announced that Quentin Tarantino is working on a movie about the Manson Family murders.