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Charles Manson's Marriage License Set To Expire With No Wedding Scheduled

Charles Manson’s 90-day marriage license is set to expire Thursday without the 80-year-old convicted murderer having married his girlfriend.

Fox News reports Manson and 26-year-old Elaine "Star" Burton applied for and received a marriage license Nov. 7.

Inmate weddings at California State Prison in Corcoran, where Manson is held, are only performed on Saturdays and Sundays, meaning time has essentially run out for the couple. 

“A Manson wedding did not take place,” Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told the Los Angeles Times

Thornton declined to speculate as to why the couple did not go through with plans for the wedding. 

Manson was originally sentenced to death for his role in directing a “family” of followers to murder actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles County in 1969. That death sentence was later converted to life in prison when California  briefly abolished the death penalty in the 1970s. He has been in prison since 1971.

Burton reportedly moved to California from Illinois nine years ago in order to be closer to Manson and the prison where he is held. She maintains websites claiming Manson is innocent of the charges for which he was convicted and has said in the past she wants to marry him so she can better help with his case. 

According to a New York Daily News story, Manson told Rolling Stone magazine in 2013 that rumors the two were planning to wed were just “trash” and that they were “just playing that for public consumption.”

With the license set to expire, the couple would have to apply for a new license in Kings County in order to carry out their supposed plans. 

James McGrath, a New York City photo agency editor, who claims to remain in contact with Burton, told the Los Angeles Times that Burton has indicated she plans to acquire a new 90-day license and go ahead with the wedding. 

If the two are wed in the prison, they will be able to do so without glass separating them and be permitted to have 10 visitors present. Prison officials, however, do not allow overnight family visits — often referred to as conjugal visits — for those serving a life sentence.

Manson has been denied parole a dozen times. He is scheduled for his next parole hearing in 2027.

Sources: Fox NewsLos Angeles TimesNew York Daily News

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times courtesy of California Department of Corrections, Rolling Stone


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