The only known living relative of Charles Manson tried to visit the diabolical murderer before he died but didn’t get permission in time.
Jason Freeman, Manson’s grandson, was devastated that he was unable to visit his grandfather before his passing this past Sunday.
‘It’s a little rough for me right now,’ Jason Freeman, 41, said to the New York Post.
‘It was hard because I didn’t get to see my grandfather before he passed, and that’s something I’ve been working really hard at during this last year.’
Jason Freeman (left), Charles Manson’s grandson (right), was devastated that he was unable to visit his grandfather before his passing this past Sunday
An oil-rig laborer, the 41-year-old said he was feeling the pressure of being Manson’s only relative.
‘There’s no one else out there related to my grandpa, so it’s all on my head,’ he added.
For Freeman, the task of getting to visit his grandfather while incarcerated was ‘like fighting with a double-edged sword’ between ‘working with my grandfather and working with the prison.’
Freeman worked with Manson’s lawyers to try to get access but his grandfather (pictured in 1969) was wary of the visits, worried that the name would be associated
He shared with TMZ that prison officials constantly gave him the wrong paperwork for his grandfather who was suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding and had to be hospitalized.
He was also working with lawyers to get access to Manson but that his grandfather was cautious of the visit because he didn’t want to burden Freeman with the stress associated with his name.
‘He’s taken the weight of the world on his shoulders, and he doesn’t think it’d be in my best interest to take on his name and be involved with him,’ Freeman said to TMZ.
Freeman (left) shared that prison officials gave him the wrong paperwork for his grandfather (right) who was suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding and had to be hospitalize
Manson’s only known child, Charles Manson Jr, is Freeman’s father. Manson Jr changed his name to Jay White to disassociate himself from his father but killed himself in 1993 in Burlington, Colorado.
While it is unknown why he killed himself, his son told CNN in 2012 that Manson Jr ‘just couldn’t let it go.’
‘He couldn’t live down who his father was,’ Jason Freeman added.
Both White and his son had minimal contact and the infamous family legacy was kept quite hidden from Freeman.
He mentioned to CNN that while he knew about Manson’s past, the severity hadn’t dawn on him much until he was in an eighth-grade history class.
But even without knowing much of his grandfather, Freeman attested that he still loved Manson and wanted to tell him in person
‘[The teacher] was talking about Charles Manson, and I’m looking around like, ‘Are these people staring at me?’ he said.
Freeman added that he was never allowed to ask his grandmother, Rosalie Jean Willis, about Manson.
But even without knowing much of his grandfather, Freeman attested that he still loved him and wanted to tell him in person.
‘Anybody with a kind heart and a gentle soul would want to see their parents or grandparents at their worst states in life, I just want to visit my grandfather while he’s in the hospital before it’s too late,’ Freeman added.
‘I love people even if they do me wrong or if they’ve done things wrong in their lives, I believe in forgiveness.’
Manson was 83-years-old and had been behind bars for more than four decades, since 1969, after he ordered members of his cult – which he dubbed ‘the family’ – to go on a murderous two-day rampage.
Three of his followers, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten, killed seven people: pregnant actress Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Steven Parent and Jay Sebring.