Mass murderer Charles Manson has been issued a license to marry a 26-year-old woman, Afton Elaine Burton.
The Kings County marriage license was issued on Nov. 7 for the 80-year-old Manson and Burton, who left her Midwestern home nine years ago and moved to Corcoran, California to be close to her dreamboat.
The license does not specify a wedding date and indicates the couple has 90 days to get married or they will have to reapply.
Afton runs several websites advocating Manson’s innocence. The 26-year-old goes by the name ‘Star’ and claims they will tie the knot next month.
She said, “‘Y’all can know that it’s true,’ she said. ‘It’s going to happen. I love him. I’m with him. There’s all kinds of things.”
Manson, who became notorious in 1969 as the leader of a roving ‘family’ of young killers, was less certain about tying the knot.
In a December 2013 interview, he said, “That’s a bunch of garbage. That’s trash We’re playing that for public consumption.”
His girlfriend said of the comments, “None of that’s true,” adding that they’re waiting for the prison to complete their paperwork.
California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton confirmed to the AP that the license had been transmitted to the prison.
Thornton said each California prison designates an employee to be a marriage coordinator who processes paperwork for an inmate’s request to be wed.
In most cases, she said, the department of corrections approves of such weddings as “a tool of family reunification and social development.’ But Manson is a unique case.
Burton said the wedding might have happened earlier if Manson did not have ‘some situations’ at the prison.
Thornton explained that in February, Manson had three violations for possession of a weapon, threatening staff and refusal to provide a urine sample.
Burton said the prison holds marriages on the first Saturday of each month. She expects to be married in an inmate visiting room at the prison.
Thornton confirmed that Manson can have a wedding at the prison and invite an officiate from outside the prison to perform the ceremony.
He and his prospective spouse also would be allowed to invite 10 guests who are not inmates.
Why would she want to marry Manson, who is in prison for life, not able to have family visits (aka conjugal visits)?
Burton said she was interested in working on his case and helping him obtain possible release. Marrying him would allow her to get information not available to non-relatives, she said without elaborating.
Charlie’s future bride said, “There’s certain things next of kin can do”.
She said she believes Manson is innocent and will get a new trial.
He and two women followers, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, remain imprisoned. Another follower, Susan Atkins, died of cancer behind bars.
They were convicted in the gruesome killings of actress Sharon Tate and four others at her estate on Aug. 9, 1969, and grocers Leno and Rosemary LaBianca who were killed the following night.
Manson would not be eligible for parole until 2027. He has been a habitual criminal and spent most of his life in prison.
Star, an artist, was born in St Louis, Missouri, to a religious family who locked her in her room throughout her high school years after she refused to go to church and started taking drugs.
While in high school, a friend told her about Manson’s environmental writing and she decided to contact him. At age 19, she took $2,000 she saved working in a retirement home kitchen and jumped on a train headed to California.
She now visits him every Saturday and Sunday for up to five hours a day. She claims that her parents not only like him but have invited him to stay with them if he ever gets out of prison.
If his marriage to Star comes to pass, this will be the third walk down the aisle for the murderer.
He married Rosalie Willis in 1954 but they divorced in 1957, a year into his prison term for stealing cars.
After leaving prison in 1958, he married a prostitute named Candy Stevens, who also divorced him when he was sent back to jail.
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