Charles Manson, the Helter Skelter madman, who led his followers on a rampage when they stabbed and shot seven people in Los Angeles, California over two nights in August 1969 in an attempt to start a race war, is headed to the chapel, according to reports. The infamous cult leader and mass murderer was granted a marriage license 10 days ago to marry Afton Elaine Burton, who is a 26-year-old Manson devotee.
The young woman and devoted follower has visited the famed cult leader in prison for nearly a decade. Burton, who is also known as Star, left her Illinois home nine years ago and moved to Corcoran, CA, which is the location of the prison, to be near Manson. Moreover, she maintains numerous websites devoted to advocating the cult leader’s innocence.
It has been reported that the pair talk via phone nearly every day and Burton visits every weekend. Since the prison limits physical contact, Star and Manson can only embrace at the beginning and end of each visit. However, since the cult leader is serving a life sentence, they will not be allowed conjugal visits, even once they are married.
The Helter Skelter madman, Charles Manson, who rallied his followers, known as “The Manson Family,” to brutally murder seven people in Los Angeles, CA in August of 1969, is headed to the chapel after being issued a marriage license by the department of corrections. The marriage license is valid for 90 days and Burton has commented that she and Manson will be married in December.
According to prison officials, Manson and his 26-year-old bride-to-be will be allowed up to 10 wedding guests from outside the prison, in addition to an officiant of their choice, as well as two additional guests from within the prison.
When asked why Burton wanted to marry the convicted killer and cult leader, she stated that she was interested in working on his case and helping him obtain possible release. Moreover, by marrying the infamous criminal, she would be allowed access to him and his case information not available to non-relatives. Burton believes the cult leader is innocent and she can help obtain a new trial for him.
Manson and his followers were convicted in the brutal and well-publicized murders of the wife of famed director Roman Polanski, actress Sharon Tate who was pregnant at the time of her death, and four other individuals at her estate on Aug. 9, 1969, as well as Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, who were killed on August 10. While he and two women followers, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, remain imprisoned, the third convicted female follower, Susan Atkins, died of cancer in 2009 while in prison.
There has been no date set for the wedding as Helter Skelter madman Charles Manson heads to the chapel. However, prison officials confirmed that the wedding must occur on a visiting day. No outside photography will be allowed at the service. The Helter Skelter madman and cult leader led his followers on a rampage when they stabbed and shot seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, in Los Angeles, CA over two nights in August 1969 in an attempt to start a race war.
By Leigh Haugh
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