Meet Charles Manson's 25-year-old girlfriend

07:35, Nov 22 2013
Star says the only reason she and Manson aren't married by now is that California doesn't allow lifers conjugal visits.
Star resembles Manson's late follower Susan Atkins, seen in this undated photo.
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Sharon Tate, who was murdered by the Manson Family in 1969.
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Charles Manson in 2011.
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Charles Manson in 2009.
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Charles Manson, centre, with girlfriend 'Star', right.
Star cut an X on her forehead at Manson's request.
Star and Manson
Star and Charles Manson in prison.

She's a pretty 25-year-old, a prim dresser with a "fun sense of humour".

And she wants to marry a 79-year-old prison inmate whose name is Charles Manson.

Meet "Star", the young girlfriend/fiancee of America's most notorious criminal who is serving a lifetime behind bars at Corcoran State Prison in California for the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969.

"Star!" Manson tells Rolling Stone in a lengthy series of bizarre interviews published on Thursday (local time).
"She's not a woman. She's a star in the Milky Way!"

Star has been living in Corcoran for seven years, since she was 19 - drawn not, she says, by Manson's killer reputation but his credentials as a solid "greenie".

She runs a Tumblr and Facebook pages promoting ATWA - Air, Trees, Animals and All the Way Alive -Manson's uncompromising ecological mandate. She visits every Saturday and Sunday for up to five hours a day, assuming her infamous boyfriend hasn't been placed in solitary.


"Yeah, well, people can think I'm crazy," Star likes to say, according to the magazine. "But they don't know. This is what's right for me. This is what I was born for."

Star has even cut an X into her forehead, a homage to the X that Manson carved into his forehead during his trial, that was later changed to a swastika.

Star spent most of her childhood near St Louis locked in her room by her deeply religious parents, she says.

"They thought I was turning into a hippie," she says. "I was smoking marijuana, eating mushrooms, not wanting to go to church every Sunday, not wanting to marry a preacher. They are Christian Baptist and wanted me to be a preacher's wife."

One day a friend gave her some of Manson's writings on the environment and she began writing to him.

Eventually in 2007 she saved up US$2000 and took a train to Corcoran.

She bears a resemblance to Susan "Sexy Sadie" Atkins, who died in prison in 2009 after nearly 40 years of imprisonment for eight of the Manson Family slayings, including the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate.
During her trial, Atkins took the stand and said she didn't relate to Tate as being "anything more than a store mannequin" and said she sounded like an IBM machine.

"She kept begging and pleading and pleading and begging and I got sick of listening to it, so I stabbed her ... How can [that] not be right when it's done with love?"

Star tells Rolling Stone with surprising intensity that she does not "give one f... whatsoever about 1969" and calls Atkins a "crazy f...... whore. 'Oh, Charlie, I did this for you.' She didn't know what she was doing. That girl was just a piece of s..., a whore, and just plain f...... crazy psycho."

Then she gives the reporter a "scoop".

"I'll tell you straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married," she says. "When that will be, we don't know. But I take it very seriously. Charlie is my husband.

"Charlie told me to tell you this. We haven't told anybody about that."

She won't get to enjoy conjugal visits with her husband - California lifers no longer get them - and says that will be hard.

"But things change, you know. And who knows what could happen?"

But Manson doesn't seem too keen on the whole marriage thing anyway.

"Oh, that," he tells Rolling Stone in a separate conversation. "That's a bunch of garbage. You know that, man. That's trash. We're just playing that for public consumption."

Read all of the Rolling Stone interview here.

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