Charles Manson Misses Wedding Date

26-year-old devotee needs new license, prison says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 3, 2015 1:35 AM CST
Charles Manson Misses Wedding Date
This Oct. 8, 2014, photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows 80-year-old serial killer Charles Manson.   (Uncredited)

The marriage license of mass murderer Charles Manson and a 26-year-old devotee who believes in his innocence is set to expire without a wedding taking place, prison officials say. A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman says weekend visiting for inmates passed without Manson getting married. Afton Burton and the 80-year-old Manson obtained a 90-day marriage license late last year. It expires Thursday, making this past weekend the couple's final opportunity to hold a wedding inside a visiting room at California State Prison, Corcoran. If the wedding is to happen, the couple must register for a new Kings County marriage license.

Burton, who goes by the name "Star" and says she loves Manson, left her home halfway across the country and has spent the last nine years living near the Central California prison. She maintains websites espousing Manson's innocence but has not responded to recent requests seeking comment on the relationship. James McGrath, a New York City photo agency editor, says he maintains contact with Burton and she intends to obtain another 90-day license and go ahead with the marriage. After they obtained the original license, Debra Tate, the sister of slain actress Sharon Tate, wondered if Burton was "mentally deranged." (More Charles Manson stories.)

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