Sharon Tate’s sister Debra came very close to spending the night with her sister that fateful evening when Charles Manson’s “family” came calling. So when she heard about Manson’s upcoming nuptials, she had something to say.
Don’t you hate it when you tell your friends you’re getting married, and there’s always that one person who just can’t make up their mind to be happy for you?
Charles Manson finally found someone to call his own. It’s probably tough, what with that swastika tattooed between his eyes. Well, that and the murders.
This is what Manson is now: a punchline; a trending story alongside OJ Simpson, Kim Kardashian’s oiled-up butt, and Bill Cosby’s latest rape accusation.
But Charles Manson led a group of murderers. Those murderers killed a young actress names Sharon Tate. She was pregnant, almost ready to deliver. So when her sister dogs Charles Manson, she’s coming from someplace deep.
“It’s always something with him," she said. “I wonder how long it will take for her to figure out this is just a con. It makes me wonder what is missing in her life that she would want to marry an 80-year-old man. Is she a victim? Is she mentally deranged?”
Manson’s intended, one Afton Elaine Burton, is not some newcomer to the Manson game. She moved to be nearer to his prison home nine years ago. Back in August of this year, she started the paperwork to marry Manson.
“I’ll tell you straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married.” she said then. "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.”
But Mason himself shrugged it off.
“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.”
It looks like Manson just says what he wants to whenever he wants. What are they going to do? Throw him in jail?
When Debra Tate speaks out about Charles Manson, she is following in the footsteps of her own mother. Doris Tate campaigned for the rights of victims’ families to be able to speak to sentencing and parole hearings about how long a violent criminal should be in jail and whether they should be allowed out.