Charles Manson, the 80-year old convict, who the whole of America knows about, and looks up with hate and maybe even a little fascination, is all set to marry a 26-year old, and has even been granted a marriage license.
Manson is serving a life sentence for his role as ringleader in some of the most heinous mass murders the world has seen, including the murders of actress Sharon Tate among others. Initially sentenced to death in 1971, the sentence was later converted to life imprisonment. The convict has been denied parole 12 times and his next hearing for parole in only up in 2027. The ‘Manson Family’ ringleader however has had several people who have been obsessed with him, and among them is 26-year old Afton Elaine Burton, who now calls herself Star after Manson gave her a new name. Confirming the development, Burton said, “Y’all can know it’s true. It’s going to happen. I love him. I’m with him. There’s all kinds of things.” The marriage license granted to the unusual couple was issued in King’s County, California on 7 November and is valid for a period of 90 days from the date of issue. Star, though, says that they will marry as early as December. Last year, Manson had denied the possibility of marrying the young girl saying, “That’s a bunch of garbage. That’s trash. We’re playing that for public consumption.” This time however, it seems like Manson and Burton are going ahead with their plans.
The California Department of Corrections too confirmed that they had received the marriage license. Burton revealed that the Corcoran State Prison held marriages on the first Saturday each month and that they would most probably be married in a visiting room. The two are even allowed to invite 10 non-inmates for their wedding, along with an official to conduct the ceremony.
The question everyone is asking though, is that why would a 26-year old beautiful girl want to marry a convict like Manson? Daniel Kane from Sussex University says, “It shows the continuing attraction that he has for a counter-culture to this day. Manson the rebel, the outlaw, the radical vegetarian willing to kill to make his point. That’s disgusting and demented, but it’s also fundamentally political, in the same way a contemporary terrorist is political.” Murdered actress Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra, labelled the proposed wedding “ludicrous”.
Burton has been regularly visiting the cult leader since she was 19 and even left home to move closer to the prison so she could meet Manson more often. She also handles several websites that preach of the man’s supposed innocence. One reason behind the wedding is that Burton will be allowed to obtain certain information related to Manson that only relatives are eligible for. “There’s certain things next of kin can do,” she says.