Charles Manson’s Jailhouse Marriage License Expires

Charles Manson (Associated Press)
Associated Press

Notorious mass murderer and current prison inmate Charles Manson, 80, will have to obtain a new marriage license if he wants to tie the knot with his 26-year-old girlfriend, as the pair’s 90-day license expires this week.

Afton Elaine Burton, nicknamed Star, and Manson obtained a marriage license last year for a prison wedding at California State Prison, Corcoran, where Manson is incarcerated.

However, the license expires on Thursday, and the jail does not hold weddings during the week, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison told the Associated Press.

Burton reportedly left her Illinois home and has been living near the Central California prison for the last nine years. An associate, James McGrath, told the AP that he has been in contact with Burton and that she intends to file for another 90-day Kings County marriage license.

Manson and several of his “family” members were convicted in 1971 for the murders of seven people, including Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, and married couple Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Manson was initially sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole when California eliminated the death penalty in 1972.

Manson was denied parole for the twelfth time in April 2012. He will next be eligible in 2027, when he will be 92 years old.


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