Last year, it was reported that longtime resident of the California State Prison in Corcoran Charles Manson might have possibly found the woman that he’d spend what’s left of his life with. That is, depending on whom you believe. According to Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by the much simpler name Star, she and the now 80-year old leader of the Manson Family had decided to reveal their strange love to the rest of the world by getting married. After all, she’d left her home in the Midwest to move to Corcoran to be closer to him while running a website dedicated to his life. But that’s not why their love is a “strange” one. It’s also because she’s 54-years younger than Manson.
However, Manson told Rolling Stone a different story, claiming that he wasn’t marrying Star, and it was all part of a show they were putting on for the media. It turns out that Manson might be a serial liar, too, because the Associated Press reported that Manson and Star have a marriage license, and she’s just waiting on the prison officials to dot the I’s and cross the T’s.
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.”
Asked Monday about those comments, Burton said, “None of that’s true,” adding that they’re waiting for the prison to complete their paperwork. (Via the Associated Press)
Star’s reason for love and loyalty to Manson has always been based on the belief that he is innocent and will have another trial, at which she can prove his innocence. By marrying him, the AP reports, she’ll be able to have more access to “information not available to non-relatives,” because “there’s certain things next of kin can do.” Manson could be eligible for parole in 2027, when he’ll be 93-years old.
As for their potential prison wedding, Manson and Star would be allowed to invite 10 guests for a private ceremony, but they won’t be able to have a conjugal visit. That’s not so much a punishment for Manson as it is a relief for the rest of us.