Wedding plans for murderer Manson and 26-year-old?
HE IS 80 years old, a mass murderer, and serving life in prison. But that is not stopping a 26-year-old woman from marrying Charles Manson.
Manson, who is serving a life sentence for slaying seven people and an unborn child in a 1969 massacre that shocked the world, has been granted permission to wed Afton Elaine Burton. The American media describe her as a slender brunette who has been visiting him in prison.
"He has received a marriage licence," the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told AFP on Monday.
The application for the licence was made on Nov 7. No date for the nuptials has been set.
Manson has been in prison for more than four decades after the killings, which included the brutal murder of director Roman Polanski's actress wife, Sharon Tate, who was 81/2 months pregnant at the time.
Ms Burton says she and Manson are madly in love and already consider themselves married.
"I'm completely with him, and he's completely with me. It's what I was born for, you know. I don't know what else to say," she told CNN in August.
She said she had been following Manson's "philosophy" since she was a teenager and moved to Corcoran, where the convicted murderer is detained, to be closer to him. They talk every day and she visits him at the prison on most weekends.
Manson headed an apocalyptic cult that committed murders in upscale, mostly white neighbourhoods of Los Angeles in order to blame the crimes on African-Americans, in the hope of sparking a "Helter Skelter" race war.
He was sentenced to death along with four of his disciples for having led the killing of seven people. Their sentences were later commuted to life in prison.
In 2012, Manson applied for parole but was denied release. He is not eligible to apply again until 2027.