Exclusive: The Bride of Charles Manson - Her First TV Interview
Afton Elaine Burton is engaged to America’s most infamous mass murderer and now, the woman who calls herself "Star,” is giving her first interview about her strange relationship with the man most consider a monster.
She said, "Yes, I am going to marry Charlie Manson! I think he's the most handsome man in the world."
Star became obsessed with Charles Manson when she was a teenager in Illinois working at McDonald’s, and for the past nine years she's lived just outside the Central California prison so she can see him twice a week, but no conjugal visits are permitted.
She is 27 and Manson is 80, not to mention the fact that he's got virtually no chance of ever walking free.
"I’m going to stick with him whether or not he's in prison," she declared.
She recalled the first time they met, saying, "I just thought he was the cutest thing. He probably asked me ten times if I wanted to get married."
In a recent phone call between Burton and Manson, he asked, “So, are we sure together?"
She replied, "Yeah."
Manson asked, "Are we solid together?"
"Yes,” she replied.
He then asked, "Are you my wife?"
"Yes," she answered.
Manson then asked, "Until death do us part?"
INSIDE EDITION caught up with Star's mom, Melissa Burton in Bunker Hill, Illinois. She's never met Manson, and will not be attending the wedding.
Melissa said, "We love her with all our hearts! She's my daughter!"
INSIDE EDITION asked, "Will any family members or friends be going to the wedding?"
"No,” she answered.
INSIDE EDITION showed Star’s interview, which was conducted by jounalist James McGrath, to clinical psychologist Jeff Gardere.
Dr. Gardere said, "This is someone who probably is pretty delusional in thinking that what she is doing is very honorable, very healthy, when it's everything but!"
Charles Manson was convicted for masterminding the brutal murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other people in 1969.
If you think this young woman's relationship with Charles Manson is bizarre, consider his history. The women in Manson’s murderous cult known as "The Family" were totally obsessed with him.
At Manson’s trial, the female defendants shaved their heads the way he had shaved his and one photo of Star Burton showed her with a shaved head and a cross on her forehead in solidarity with the swastika on Manson’s forehead.
And brace yourself for another crazy twist in this story.
Star told INSIDE EDITION, "The seed gun is just one idea that Charlie came up with to help re-seed the planet."
A seed gun conceived by Charles Manson?! She demonstrated the device for us, which is a ball of seeds packed into paintball-type gun and launched over the ground.
So, will this jaw-dropping marriage between a mass murderer and a woman 53 years his junior actually happen? Star Burton vows that it will.
“I could take very good care of him," she said.