Charles Manson’s name is well known by most people in America, though some of the younger generation may be unaware of the scope of his infamy. In the late 1960s, Manson was the leader of a group that became known as “The Manson Family,” which was responsible for several murders. Reported to be highly charismatic, Manson is believed to have coerced several members of his “family” to commit murder, and he was arrested in 1971 for conspiracy to commit 7 murders. Manson believed that these murders would help bring about a race war, an apocalyptic violence he referred to as Helter Skelter.
Manson has been incarcerated since 1971, and now, at the age of 80, he has obtained his marriage license. He is expected to be married to 26 year old Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by the name of Star and is originally from the Midwest. Given Manson’s lifetime sentence without parole and his infamy, the story has naturally caught fire with the press. Here are a few quotes regarding Charles Manson and his upcoming marriage:
- “ I’ll tell you straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married,” she said then. “When that will be, we don’t know. But I take it very seriously. Charlie is my husband. Charlie told me to tell you this. We haven’t told anybody about that.” — Afton Elaine Burton
- “Oh that. That’s a bunch of garbage. You know that, man. That’s trash. We’re just playing that for public consumption.” — Charles Manson, to the Rolling Stone in response to 2013 marriage rumors
- “Charlie was always preaching love. Charlie had no idea what love was. Charlie was so far from love it wasn’t even funny.Death is Charlie’s trip. It really is.” — Paul Watkins
- “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.” — Associated Press