Love can sometimes be a complicated mess, and the love life of infamous cult leader and convicted murderer Charles Manson is certainly no exception. Life in prison likely makes it much more difficult. The cult killer has a marriage license and as fate would have it, it may run out before he’ll have a chance to actually use it.
Afton Elaine Burton and the 80 year old Charles Manson obtained a marriage license last year in order to stage a prison wedding, but it appears as if the license is set to expire on Thursday.
This means that Manson and his young bride-to-be missed their opportunity to exchange vows in Corcoran State Prison as prison weddings are not allowed during the week, said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesperson Terry Thornton.
Manson and his bride would have had a contact visit, meaning person to person without a glass wall to separate them, but he was denied the right to a conjugal wedding visitation.
Charles Manson was originally sentenced to death in 1969 for orchestrating the brutal murders of seven people in Los Angeles County, including actress Sharon Tate, who was eight and one-half months pregnant at the time. His sentence was later reduced to life in prison when California abolished the death penalty in the 1970s
In July of 1969, a 34-year-old musician by the name of Gary Hinman was stabbed to death for refusing to give Manson money and property.
Later in August, Manson followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Tex Watson and Linda Kasabian made their way through the Hollywood Hills to the Benedict Canyon estate where Tate and her husband, director Roman Polanski lived and brutally murdered the six people in the house at Charles Manson’s behest.
At the time of the murders, Polanski was in London scouting film locations. Now, more than forty five years later, he still speaks lovingly of his late wife, Sharon Tate. “Even after so many years, I find myself unable to watch a spectacular sunset or visit a lovely old house or experience visual pleasure of any kind without instinctively telling myself how much she would have loved it all. In these ways I shall remain faithful to her till the day I die.”
Manson himself later entered the home of 44-year-old Leno LaBianca and tied him up along with his 38-year-old wife Rosemary. There he ordered their deaths at the hands of Watson, Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten.
A final victim’s body, buried on the Spahn Ranch property where the Manson Family had their commune, was finally found in 1977, eight years after his murder. Donald “Shorty” Shea, who was a ranch hand at the Spahn Ranch in Chatsworth, was the last victim of Charles Manson’s murderous family.
Burton maintains Manson’s innocence to this day and hopes that her marriage to the infamous cult leader will help her overturn his conviction.
Burton professed her love of Manson and left her home in Illinois to live in California and be closer to the cult leader. She has remained in in the state for the last nine years. She is intent on marrying the killer and will take his name as the expiring license shows.
Afton Burton, who goes by the name ‘Star,’ will be applying for a new marriage license.. She declared back in November, after obtaining the first license, that the nuptials will indeed happen.
“Y’all can know that it’s true… It’s going to happen.”
Other Manson followers have already taken their vows behind bars. Charles ‘Tex” Watson, a Charles Manson devotee, was married and fathered four of his own children before prisons banned conjugal visits for inmates serving life sentences in the 1990s.
Susan Atkins, convicted of eight murders, was married twice before dying of cancer at the age of 61. She served 38 years in prison before her death.