LOS ANGELES (AFP) – American mass murderer Charles Manson, 80, has been granted permission to wed a 26-year-old woman who has been visiting him in prison.
Manson, who is serving a life sentence for slaying seven people in a massacre that shocked the nation, plans to marry Afton Elaine Burton, described in US media as a slender brunette.
“He has received a marriage license,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told AFP on Monday.
The application for the license was made on November 7, according to the website for King’s County, California, where Manson is in jail, but no date for the nuptials has been set.
Manson has been in prison for more than four decades after the 1969 killings, which included the brutal murder of director Roman Polanski’s actress wife, Sharon Tate, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant.
But Burton, who also calls herself “Star,” has said 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 or, you know. I don’t know what else to say,” she told CNN in August of the now gray-haired killer, who has a swastika tattooed on his forehead.