CORCORAN, Calif. — 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 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 ceremony, and the couple has until early February to get married before they would have to reapply.
The Kings County marriage license 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,’’ said 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 conjugal visits.
Burton 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.’’
‘‘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.’’
“Do you, don’t you want me to love you….” – ‘Helter Skelter’, The Beatles
That is the question posed to one Charles Manson….and the unswer is a resounding YES.
Call me a romantic but I think it it is refreshing to see that Charlie has finally met the right girl. I’m sure his parents (rolling over in their burning graves for parents that raise mass murderers) are finally resting in peace knowing that their little Chuckie is settling down at the tender age of 80. Sure, they thought things were gonna work out with Squeaky Fromme and possibly even Sharon Tate, but, at last, one Afton Elaine Burton has tamed the serial killing, cult leading, epic psychopath and making an honest man out of him before he meets his maker (who, in all liklihood, is actually the Devil himself.
Let me get this straight here Ms Afton (is that your Christian name, by the way?), you were 17 years old living in Buttcrack, Missouri or Unhappy, Oklahoma and you decided to dedicate your life to defending America’s most notorious villain? Forget Mr. and Mrs. Manson, Mom and Dad Burton must be glowing with pride at the church picnic.
“Yeah, little Afton is off chasing her dreams.”
“Not exactly. No, our baby girl left home to save Charles Manson!”
“Oh. More pie?”
What’s worse? Afton is a cutie! Kind of looks like a haunted and deranged Alanis Morrisette. The real life lesson here, gentlemen, is that it does not matter you are jobless, homeless, soul-less or even an old rampant, NAZI serial killer, there is a woman out there for you. Don’t give up.
I believe in love.