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UPDATE: GoFundMe Shut Down Campaign For Charles Manson’s Funeral

November 23, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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UPDATE: So it was GoFundMe who shut down the Charles Manson funeral crowdfunding campaign after all, and not the user. John Michael Jones posted to Facebook (per TMZ) with a rant about how the site “decided to be part of the hate” and remove the campaign. A representative confirmed the news to TMZ, saying, “We removed this content earlier today and refunded donors.”

Jones, who is a friend of Manson’s grandson Jason Freeman, says in the post, “It breaks my heart to see Jason now suffering from the same prejudices, hate, discrimination and deliberate lies that his grandfather endured for 48 years.” He says he has moved his campaign to donations to Freeman’s Paypal address and says “NOTHING will ever prevent us from doing what’s right for Charles and Jason. [Manson] will come home either way, I promise you that.”

Based on other posts to Jones’ Facebook page, it appears as if he doesn’t believe Manson orchestrated the killings. In one comment he wrote, “Manson did not order these killings [and] was wrongfully convicted. Manson made a huge mistake of helping them AFTER THE FACT but regardless, an 82 year old human being is being mistreated, abused [and] tortured by the very system that was designed to protect him. He’s endured wrongful conviction, being demonized in the media & exploited to the point his very name has become synonymous with evil… while the true killers themselves are all ignored.”

ORIGINAL: Here’s one crowdfunding effort that not everyone’s going to be on board for. A man started a GoFundMe campaign for Charles Manson’s funeral expenses. The campaign appears to be shut down at this point but had been created by someone who said he was friends with the late murderous cult leader’s last living relative, grandson Jason Freeman.

The campaign had said, “It is with a heavy heart I must announce, not only have we lost a dear friend & loved one. Charles age 83, but two days prior to Charles’ passing away, his grandson Jason Lee Freeman lost his job Not only does Jason now have to worry about stepping up to the plate to ensure his grandfather’s remains are laid to rest with the honor, respect & dignity he deserves, but Jason must also bare [sic] the burden of covering all expenses.”

The fundraiser asked for donations to cover Freeman’s legal fees, travel and “all necessary costs of living,” but then veered into a direction of Manson fandom as it said anyone who donated was “part of this moment in history of freeing Charles from the same system that did everything in their power to destroy him…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!”

TMZ reports that the campaign had raised $949, and it isn’t known if it managed to raise more before being shut down. Whether it was deleted by the user or shut down by GoFundMe isn’t known. GoFundMe’s Terms & Conditions prohibit campaigns for “the defense or support of anyone alleged to be involved in criminal activity.”

Manson did not designate anyone to take his body upon his death and if it isn’t claimed within ten days it will be cremated. Freeman said earlier this week that he hoped to give Manson a proper funeral, saying, “I will definitely speak with the inner circle of people who love my grandfather and who may know more of where he would want to be. I’m working on doing my part.”

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