Charles Manson is getting married. He won’t get to pick out items for a Target bridal registry. He won’t get to have a bachelor party. And worst of all, he won’t get conjugal visits with his new bride. But he will have a legal union in the eyes of the government.
Manson’s reasons for getting hitched at this point in his life are the subject of some speculation. Back when the rumor first started that a Manson groupie was saying she was going to be Mrs. Skelter, Charlie poo-pooed the while thing.
“Oh that," he said. "That's a bunch of garbage. You know that, man. That's trash. We’re just playing that for public consumption.”
But his intended insisted that it was a legit endeavor.
“He filed for the first round of paperwork,” Afton “Star” Burton told CNN back in August. “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.”
"I'll tell you straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married. When that will be, we don't know. But I take it very seriously. Charlie is my husband. Charlie told me to tell you this.”
And now we know it’s happening. Gay people can not get married in many states in the U.S. But Charles Manson can sit in a prison cell and get a marriage license.
But, as the L.A. Times points out, Manson would not be the first lifer to get hitched.
Erik and Lyle Menendez, who killed their parents and are both doing life, have both been married. Lyle has actually been married twice.
Kenneth Bianchi, AKA one-half of the “Hillside Strangler” duo, married a woman he had been writing letters with, and only met her in person the day before they married.