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Charles Manson, 80, gets license to marry 26-year-old


He may not be everyone’s idea of a good catch, but Charles Manson has been granted a marriage license to wed a 26-year-old woman who has been visiting him in prison.

Manson, 80, who is serving a life sentence for complicity in the slaying of seven people, plans to marry Afton Elaine Burton, 54 years his junior and described in US media as a slender brunette.

“He has received a marriage license,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said on Monday.

The license was applied for on Nov. 7, according to the Web site 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 40 years after the 1969 killings, which included the brutal murder of director Roman Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant.

However, 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 for, 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.

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 California state prison most weekends, Burton said.

Manson was married twice before he was jailed, first to Rosalie Jean Willis from 1955 to 1958, and later to Candy Stevens from 1959 to 1963.

He was sentenced to death in 1969 along with four of his disciples for having led the killing of seven people, but their sentences were later changed to life in prison.

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