Afton Elaine Burton : 26-Year Old Woman To Wed 80-Year Old Murderer Charles Manson

Updated: November 18, 2014
Afton Elaine Burton : 26-Year Old Woman To Wed 80-Year Old Murderer Charles Manson

Afton Elaine Burton first got in touch with infamous murderer Charles Manson when she was 17, after a friend showed her his environmental writings. Nine years later, the couple have applied for a marriage licence – despite Manson not being eligible for parole until 2027, at the age of 93.

The licence was granted on November 7 and Manson and Burton will have to wed by early February or be forced to reapply for a new licence, The AP reports.

A wedding co-ordinator has been assigned and Burton told the news agency: “Y’all can know that it’s true. It’s going to happen.

“I love him. I’m with him. There’s all kinds of things.”

Manson, 80, was convicted in 1971 and sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit seven murders carried out by the so-called Manson Family, including that of then-pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

He was held responsible for the murders under the joint-responsibility rule. Manson’s sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment when the State of California temporarily eliminated the state’s death penalty.

As a life inmate of Corcoran State Prison with no parole date, Manson would not be entitled to “family visits” even if married.

Manson is not eligible for parole until 2027 at the earliest, when he will be 93 years old.

Under prison rules, Manson and Burton would be allowed to invite ten non-inmates to any wedding.

Manson was a musician before the Manson Family murders, and met Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys in 1968.

The Beach Boys reworked Manson’s ‘Cease To Exist’ as ‘Never Learn Not to Love’ and credited to Wilson.

It was released as a B-side to ‘Bluebirds over the Mountain’ in 1968 and included on the following year’s 20/20 album.

Manson’s ‘Look at Your Game, Girl’ was included as a hidden track on Guns N’ Roses’ The Spaghetti Incident in 1993.

Marilyn Manson took Charles Manson’s name and the band’s ‘My Monkey’ takes elements from ‘Mechanical Man’.