Charles Manson who is arguably America’s most notorious killer is all set to get married to 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton at the Corcoran State Prison in California where he is lodged as early as next month. Manson is responsible for the murder of actress Sharon Tate among many others in 1969. Elaine who also goes by the name Star 26 has spent a lot of years trying to exonerate him and is even running a website that advocates his innocence. She moved to California at the age of 19 to be closer to Manson. Manson is not her first boyfriend as she was involved with a much older guy when she was just a young teenager.
A marriage license was issued to them on the seventh of November in Kings County, California. The date has not been set, but the prison has appointed a wedding co-ordinator who will handle the nuptials. The couple are allowed to have 10 guests. Manson won’t be restrained during the ceremony, but he won’t be allowed to wear a tuxedo.
The convicted murderer is not the first felon to get hitched to a much younger woman as there are others like Night Stalker Richard Ramirez and Hillside Strangler Kenneth Bianchi who got married in prison. There is a clinical term for this pattern of young women getting attracted to a person who has committed a vicious crime. It is known as hybristophilia.
Melissa Burton, Manson’s future mother-in-law who lives in Illinois was stunned when she heard the news and quite naturally doesn’t approve of the relationship and won’t be attending their wedding. Melissa doesn’t think that Manson is dangerous and believes that he just made a lot of poor choices. She had hoped that her daughter would marry someone who is about her age and was living closer to their home in Illinois.
There would be no honeymoon for these newly weds.