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‘It’s what I was born for,’ says 25-year-old planning to wed Charles Manson

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Afton Burton was 16 and living with her parents in Illinois when she discovered Charles Manson.

Now, nine years later, her name is Star, she’s 25 years old, and she considers herself Charles Manson’s wife, even though it isn’t official yet.

“He filed for the first round of paperwork,” says Star, who says she’s in love with the 79-year-old convicted murderer. “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.”

Star says she was first attracted to Manson after reading about ATWA, Manson’s environmental philosophy that stands for air, trees, water, animals.

“It’s the life on the planet, you know,” Star says. “The Earth is a rock and everything else on it is ATWA.”

After a few years of sending letters and talking to Manson on the phone, Star, at age 19, moved to Corcoran, a small central California city that’s home to Corcoran State Prison, where Charles Manson has lived for the past 25 years.

She talks to Manson almost every day by phone and visits him on most weekends.

“We talk about anything and everything, you know, like what’s going’ on today– who’s doing what. I try to help him file papers and stuff like that,” the slender brunette says.

The prison limits physical contact. During visits, Star and Manson can only hug each other at the beginning and end. Because Manson is serving a life sentence, they won’t be allowed conjugal visits, even if they’re officially married.

Star says she knows people think she’s crazy.

“I don’t care what those kind of people think. It doesn’t make any difference,” she says. “The man that I know is not what they have in the movies or in documentaries and the books. He’s nothing like that. He doesn’t tell people what to do. He’s not manipulative at all.”

Star spends her days painting and maintaining several of Manson’s social media sites, including Her goal is to try to get Manson out of prison, arguing that he had nothing to do with the seven Tate-LaBianca murders that he was convicted of masterminding.

“Charlie never believed in something called Helter Skelter. That didn’t have anything to do with why those people were killed,” she says of the theory prosecutors used that Manson persuaded a group of followers to kill wealthy white people to incite a race war by framing the Black Panthers.

“He never ever thought any of that stuff. That’s ridiculous,” says an emphatic Star. “That’s crazy.”

Star is fiercely loyal to Manson. She still has a scar from when she shaved her head and carved an X in her forehead two years ago, an act similar to what girls in the so-called Manson Family did during his 1971 trial. She says she did it at Manson’s request as a protest after he was put in solitary confinement.

Critics believe Star is being manipulated by Manson, and that ATWA is just a ploy to get young people like her to pay attention to him.

“The only thing that he’s trying to manipulate people into doing is planting trees and cleaning up the Earth. He genuinely cares about that,” says Star. “He’s nice to everyone. I’ve never seen him try to be manipulative. I’ve never seen any of that.”

Star says Manson, who turns 80 in November, is in good health, and she doesn’t think about what she plans to do with her life after he’s gone.


  • Belsma

    She needs her head examined, or at least half the brain she says she has. At least they probably won’t be having offspring. Geesh. However Robbie, he never committed any of the murders, just for the record. :)

  • Paul

    “He doesn’t tell people what to do. He’s not manipulative at all.”
    – She still has a scar from when she shaved her head and carved an X in her forehead two years ago… She says she did it at MANSON’S REQUEST as a protest after he was put in solitary confinement.-
    “The only thing that he’s trying to MANIPULATE people into doing is planting trees and cleaning up the Earth…”

    Sounds like she’s really messed up.

  • rebecca harris

    I agree she needs her head examined esp if he has asked her to shave her head an carve a x in her head and she don’t think for one minute he is trying to control her or manipulate her?? I think she needs to be locked up with him.. thank God them 2 wont be able to have children together else the kids would be messed up as well …. God help her..

  • rhonda

    Wait until she’s 30 and getting saggy then she’ll marry a nice guy. Divorce and alimony 10 to 15 years later. What fun!

  • Maureen

    Guess it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Manson did brain wash (manipulate) people to do his bidding. I think it’s his way of flipping us the bird.

  • BUG

    So she spends her day painting means she’s not working either. She’s a regular nut job. one of those that love someone never getting out of prison.

  • tim

    clayton…manalishi….robbie….or any of the other internet tough guys???? Yes, you guys who wouldnt say any of the stuff you say on this site to a black person’s face. The ones that hide their opinion behind a keyboard. Where are you?!

  • Elizabeth Metz

    This amazes me. Manson has always gone after young naïve people that thought his way of thinking was right and made sense. That is the definition of manipulation. Yeah I am not manipulating you but if you could go ahead and shave your head as well as carve an X in it like my “followers” did many years ago. Brainwashing and cult life. All the media coverage and actual footage of him inside and outside the courtroom must be made up. Be your own person and don’t allow someone else to control your thoughts and actions.

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