Friday, January 12, 2018

Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Movie

After being courted for several months, Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Quentin Tarantino’s untitled Charles Manson movie, sources confirmed to Variety.

DiCaprio will play an aging, out-of-work actor in the film. Margot Robbie, meanwhile, is being eyed for the role of Sharon Tate.

This will mark DiCaprio’s first film since winning the Oscar in 2016 for his performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant.” DiCaprio and Tarantino last collaborated on 2012’s “Django Unchained.”

He is repped by LBI Entertainment.

As previously reported, Tom Cruise is also being pursued to star in the director’s ninth feature. Sources now tell Variety that Tarantino is interested in casting Al Pacino in the film as well. Sony is handling distribution.

The movie will hit theaters on Aug. 9, 2019, Variety has learned. Opening on the 50th anniversary of the day that the Manson family committed the LaBianca murders and the day after Tate was killed, the film will head off against “Artemis Fowl,” Disney’s adaptation of the popular sci-fi and fantasy series.

Sony beat out several bidders, including Warner Bros. and Paramount, for rights to the film. The movie — shrouded in secrecy — is set in 1969 and is believed to involve Charles Manson and the Manson family murders. The director has told media outlets that it’s not a biopic, but is an ensemble film set during the tumultuous time period. It’s the first pic that Tarantino is releasing without the Weinstein Company. A group of investors led by Maria Contreras-Sweet is in a strong position to buy the Weinstein Company following sexual misconduct allegations against its disgraced founder Harvey Weinstein.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Decision over who gets Charles Manson's body and estate delayed amid brewing court battle

The fight over Charles Manson’s body and property became more complicated after a hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday.
Saying that dispensing the killer’s property and his remains were two different legal decisions, Probate Judge David J. Cowan told the killer’s longtime pen pal and an attorney for Manson’s grandson that a decision was weeks away.
Both men have to file paperwork on why they should receive Manson’s body and in which county they believe that decision should be made. Attorneys for Kern County — where Manson died on Nov. 19 — are awaiting the decision since they have the killer’s body on ice.
The judge’s order Monday further delays the conclusion of the Charles Manson saga.
Attorney Alan Davis, representing Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman, has until Jan. 12 to file a claim for Manson’s remains, as well as arguments on the proper court venue. Michael Channels, a pen pal of Manson’s for 30 years who says he has a last will and testament from the killer, has to respond to Davis’ filing by Jan. 19.
A judge will then decide Jan. 26 where the respective cases should be heard.
Kern County said it wasn’t sure how to decide that because Manson lived in Los Angeles County before he was arrested and in Kings County when he was behind bars. State code says those decisions are made in the county where the decedent “domiciled,” or lived, and they’re not sure if that means before he was in prison or after.
With these legal intricacies in mind, the judge Monday told Manson’s pen pal, Channels, that he should hire a lawyer to help.
“I called 50 of them,” Channels replied. “Half of them hung up on me, the other half laughed.”
Channels said his relationship with Manson blossomed some 30 years ago out of morbid curiosity that led to him to first write the killer. About 15 years ago, he claims, Manson sent him a last will and testament awarding him everything.
In his spare time, he also operates the website, an online museum of the killer’s photos, writings and stories. There used to be recordings of phone conversations between Channels and Manson on there, but Channels said he took them down after Manson died.
A note under the “canteen” section of the site said that it was under construction as it developed payment options to purchase “limited edition” and “hard to find” items of the Manson family. It was not immediately clear how long that note had been on the site.
Manson was the mastermind of the gory rampage that claimed the life of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others during two August nights in Los Angeles in 1969. The killings both terrified and fascinated the nation.
The killer’s grandson in Florida, Jason Freeman, said if he received Manson’s remains, he would cremate them and spread them secretly so the location couldn’t be turned into a morbid tourist destination. Channels said he would do something similar and had no plans for the killer’s remaining property.
At least two other people are poised to enter the fray as well — a man in Santa Monica claims to have another final will and testament from Manson and the man’s colleague claims to be Manson’s biological son. But neither had filed court documents for their claims as of Monday.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

My Life After Charles Patricia Krenwinkel.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Not us, family says of Manson connection

LISBON — Michael Channels, formerly of Wellsville, is one of several people reportedly vying for the remains of Charles Manson, the man synonymous with leading Manson Family cult responsible for the slayings of nine people in 1969.

According to a Columbiana County sheriff’s report, Martin Stemple, Hillcrest Road, reported Saturday he and his wife were receiving harassing phone calls from a woman they identified as Vicki Gordon.

Stemple told deputies Gordon is unhappy about the prospect of Channels receiving the body, believing there is something “sick” about it. Deputies attempted to contact Gordon, but reportedly were unsuccessful as of the time of the report.

Donna Stemple, Martin’s wife, told the Journal they do not really know what their nephew, Channels, is doing in California as it relates to the Manson situation. Her husband only filed the report with deputies in an attempt to get Gordon to stop calling after she began at 4 a.m. and continually called each time they hung up the phone.

One of Channels’ Facebook pages, which he has not updated since 2014, states he went to Wellsville High School and lives in Los Angeles, Calif. The page contains many posts with references to Manson; Helter Skelter, which was the name of some of the reported apocalyptic teachings of Manson; and the Museum of Death, which showcases death-related memorabilia including Charles Manson Family relics.

Additionally, Channels is reportedly the webmaster for the webpage, which has letters between Manson and Channels and other items related to Mason and the family. There is a photo on the page, which appears to show Manson and Channels sitting together visiting in a prison.

According to the Los Angeles Times, as of Dec. 21, five people have now come forward claiming their right to the body of Manson, including one who claims to be a long-time pen pal of Manson.

Manson’s followers were reportedly responsible for the killing of nine people including a pregnant actress, Sharon Tate. Although he reportedly was not the actual killer, he was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in 1971 for his role in instructing those who carried out the murders, and spent the remainder of his life in prison.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Charles Manson’s remains could become a shrine, some fear


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The body of murder mastermind Charles Manson was barely cold when competing bids began for his remains and belongings among relatives and longtime associates.

Their plans have not been divulged, but some fear they might create a shrine for those who are still fascinated by the man behind the bizarre celebrity slayings that terrorized Los Angeles nearly a half-century ago.

The value of Manson’s belongings — said to include music, artwork, writings and at least two guitars — is unclear. But probate attorneys said the real value of his estate could be in controlling the use of his image and the power to authorize any biographies or documentaries.

“It’s going to be a food fight,” said probate attorney Adam Streisand, who is not involved in the Manson case but was involved with Michael Jackson’s estate and currently is representing the estate of Hugh Hefner.

“You have to sort of worry about creating a monument that becomes a focal point for people to exercise their extremist views,” he said.

At the very least, it seems, Manson devotees want to prevent his ashes from being anonymously interred with other indigent inmates.

One person seeking control of Manson’s estate is his purported grandson, Jason Freeman, who flew into California with a documentary film crew after Manson died last month.

His effort is challenged by Manson associate Michael Channels, who exchanged letters and visited the killer in prison. Channels has filed a two-page will in court dated Valentine’s Day 2002 that purportedly leaves everything to him.

Freeman’s attorney, Dale Kiken, said there might be a third claim by Los Angeles musician Matthew Roberts, who has described himself as Manson’s son. His bid is backed by Ben Gurecki, who has done YouTube videos focused on Manson and told several media outlets that he obtained a January 2017 will from Manson naming Roberts as his heir.

Kiken said prison officials told him Manson left no will and he disputes the validity of the ones that have surfaced.

Kiken provided The Associated Press with a copy of a 1986 Ohio court ruling saying Freeman is the son of Charles Manson Jr., and a 1993 Colorado death certificate showing Manson Jr. as the son of Charles Manson and his first wife, Rosalie Willis.

Manson, 83, died Nov. 19 of natural causes after spending decades in prison for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight other people. Prosecutors said the slayings were intended to trigger an apocalyptic race war.

Tate’s sister, Debra, fears those seeking control of Manson’s remains and belongings hope to profit from his dark legacy.

“Whatever he was in life, in death he deserves dignity,” she said, asserting that the only way to ensure Manson is undisturbed is to have his body cremated and placed at an undisclosed site.

Freeman said he is a man of faith who wants to have his grandfather cremated and his ashes properly placed.

“It won’t be in the media, it will be a private family matter from that point,” he said, adding that he won’t disclose his plans until the release of his planned documentary.

“We’ve got some plans and I’d like to see this ship take flight,” he said.

Freeman, a Florida resident, and his film crew traveled last week to Corcoran State Prison, where Manson was housed in a special protective cell because of his notoriety. Freeman was accompanied by Manson associate John Michael Jones, who said he wants to ensure “that Mr. Manson’s death wasn’t turned into a spectacle like his life was.”

Joe Townley, chief operating officer and executive producer of MY-Entertainment, said the company has been filming for about six months.

At one point, Freeman requested $3,000 each time the AP published an article about him, to provide “assistance in my time of hardship being away from my family and taking care of my grandfather.” He dropped the request after it was refused.

Freeman said he was largely protected growing up when his mother and grandmother “kept the Manson name away from my doorstep.”

However, he long blamed Manson for his father’s suicide until he came to believe the real cause was the media pressure from being Manson’s son.

He exchanged letters and phone calls with his imprisoned grandfather in recent years, and said he is determined to be present for his own children to break the cycle of fatherless upbringings that he believes doomed both his father and grandfather.

“It was almost as if he had a shield in front of his heart and I tried to share personal stuff with him about my father and about my children so he could understand that in my lifetime I brought the family tree full circle,” Freeman said of Manson.

Gurecki and Roberts did not return repeated telephone messages, and Channels could not be reached despite repeated telephone calls.