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AP Exclusive: Charles Manson gets marriage license

Associated Press By LINDA DEUTSCH and SCOTT SMITH 1 hour ago

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she loves the man convicted in the notorious murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

No date has been set, but a wedding coordinator has been assigned by the prison to handle the nuptials, and the couple has until early February to get married before they would have to reapply.

The Kings County marriage license, viewed Monday by The Associated Press, was issued Nov. 7 for the 80-year-old Manson and Burton, who lives in Corcoran the site of the prison and maintains several websites advocating his innocence.

Burton, who goes by the name "Star," told the AP that she and Manson will be married next month.

"Y'all can know that it's true," she said. "It's going to happen."

"I love him," she added. "I'm with him. There's all kinds of things."

However, as a life prisoner with no parole date, Manson is not entitled to family visits, a euphemism for conjugal visits.

So why would Burton marry him under those conditions?

She said she is interested in working on his case, and marrying him would allow her to get information not available to nonrelatives.

"There's certain things next of kin can do," she said without elaborating.

Tate's sister, Debra, who acts as a spokeswoman for the families of Manson's victims, said the impending marriage is "ludicrous."

"I think it's insane," she said. "What would any young woman in her right mind want with an 80-year-old man?"

As for Manson's motives, she said, "The devil is alive and well."

Burton gave an interview a year ago to Rolling Stone magazine in which she said she and Manson planned to marry. But Manson, who became notorious in 1969 as the leader of a roving "family" of young killers, was less certain about tying the knot.

"That's a bunch of garbage," Manson said in the December 2013 interview. "That's trash. We're playing that for public consumption."

Asked Monday about those comments, Burton said, "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. Further details on the violations were not immediately available.

Burton said the prison holds marriages on the first Saturday of each month and 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 officiant from outside the prison to perform the ceremony.

Manson and his prospective spouse also would be allowed to invite 10 guests who are not inmates.

He and two followers, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, remain imprisoned. Another follower, Susan Atkins, died of cancer behind bars. Other members of the Manson "family" still behind bars are Charles "Tex" Watson, Bruce Davis and Robert Beausoleil.

Manson, Watson and the women were convicted in the gruesome killings of Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, and four others at her estate on Aug. 9, 1969, and grocers Leno and Rosemary LaBianca who were killed the following night.

Manson is not eligible for parole until 2027. He has been a habitual criminal and spent most of his life in prison.


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She does look like a new recruit, doesnt she?


^that pic is from a long (and quite well written) Manson article in Rolling Stone last year, which had some more background about her

How she got here is pretty much like how many of the Spahn Ranch girls got to where they were going, too, as a reaction to the world around them and how it made them feel. She grew up on the Mississippi River, near St. Louis, had an early fondness for I Love Lucy, had parents who were deeply religious and disliked all her friends. "They thought I was turning into a hippie," she says. "I was smoking marijuana, eating mushrooms, not wanting to go to church every Sunday, not wanting to marry a preacher. They are Christian Baptist and wanted me to be a preacher's wife." To keep her out of trouble, they would lock her in her room, which is where she spent a good portion of her high school years. And, like Charlie, she found a way to coexist with such solitary confinement. "I've never been lonely since those times when I got used to being alone." Then one day, a friend gave her a sheet of paper with some of Charlie Manson's words on it about the environment. She'd never heard of Manson, but she liked what he had to say – "Air is God, because without air, we do not exist" – and began writing to him. After their correspondence took off, she put her nose to the grindstone, saved up $2,000 while working in a retirement-home kitchen and in 2007, stuffed all the belongings she could into a backpack and took a train to Corcoran. And soon enough, Charlie nicknamed her Star, just as he had once named Squeaky (Red) and Sandy (Blue).

Her pad is not large, not well-lit and inexpensively furnished, with a bedroom too messy for her to let me into. A guitar and a violin case are in a corner. No television. On one wall is the great, evocative black-and-white photograph of Charlie at Spahn Ranch, wearing a beat-up side-tilted fedora with a crow on his arm, the rugged Dust Bowl guy who could tame birds. ("We became road dogs and ran together," he says. "I didn't give it a name. It was just a crow." Others have said its name was Devil.) On a nearby table is the computer where Star spends much of her time trying to rehabilitate Charlie's image in the public eye. She is especially rankled by the long-standing belief that Charlie is only five feet two – she says he is at least three inches taller – and thinks Bugliosi intentionally published that lie in Helter Skelter to further diminish Manson's stature. He's short, just not that short.


Worth reading the whole thing through. Manson's a sociopath and a psychopath and should be locked up until death (even he agrees - sometimes) but he's not the devil incarnate his mythology would suggest.

edit - his quote - "Too much freedom is detrimental to the soul," he says. "I should not have been out there. It was too fast for me."

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Can I get a "sign me off this planet" license real quick?

I'd rather they just quietly go about their business without us ever having to hear about Charlie again. His five minutes were over long ago.

And I say that with the absolute respect of his victims and their families in mind. I'm sure they would rather not ever hear his name again.

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Na. She looks like a god damn lunatic. Evidently that's backed up by how she behaves.

Why does this scumbag have the privilege of marriage still?

Two psychos (one of them a convicted murderer) can get married but in certain jurisidictions of the same country, a loving, stable, gay couple can't because it "subverts the traditional family".
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Two psychos (one of them a convicted murderer) can get married but in certain jurisidictions of the same country, a loving, stable, gay couple can't because it "subverts the traditional family".

Not to mention multiple wives at the same time, divorce and remarry several times over, short term sham marriages among celebrities specifically..

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Manson was originally sentenced to death in his 1971 conviction. Would have never had this cottage industry of press about him if California hadnt eliminated the death penalty in 72 and his sentence was automatically commuted to life in prison.

Manson never actually physically killed anyone that we know of. He was not present at the Tate home murders or the 2 murders the next day. He was not present at the earlier murders of 2 other men. He "ordered" the murders and was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and murder through the joint responsibility rule in conspiracies.

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