Welcome To The Family: So Your Daughter Says She’s Engaged To Charles Manson

Updated Charles Manson Photo ReleasedSo, your daughter calls home and tells you that she’s met the man of her dreams, and they’re getting married. You’ll probably react with joy, pride, and excitement, and maybe already start daydreaming about grandchildren. But would it change your reaction if you found out that the man of her dreams is none other than Charles Manson?

Rolling Stone’s December issue has an in depth feature on the notorious Manson, and reveals that he’s engaged to a woman referred to as Star, which is her Manson-given nickname. You might remember that Manson also gave nicknames to members of the Manson family. RS describes the couple:

Star is 25 years old, comes from a town on the Mississippi River, was raised a Baptist, keeps a tidy home, is a prim dresser, has a fun sense of humor. Charlie is probably the most infamous convicted killer of all time. He’s been called the devil for the way he influenced friends to murder on his behalf. He’s spent the past 44 years in prison and nearly 60 years incarcerated altogether, meaning he has spent less than two decades of his life as a free man.

Star moved to Corcoran, CA – where Manson is incarcerated – when she was 19, after becoming enamored of his environmental stance (which is pretty incoherent, to hear him tell it). She visits him every Saturday and Sunday, and seems to be aware of the unlikely odds of their relationship. She says ”Yeah, well, people can think I’m crazy. But they don’t know. This is what’s right for me. This is what I was born for.” Moreover, she claims that her parents are totally on board with her choice in men, and that they have even offered up their basement as a place for Star and her intended to live, should he ever be released from prison. RS can’t point out the parallels between Star and Manson Family member Susan Atkins, especially given Star’s coloring and X carved into her forehead.

Manson has become a pop culture legend, which makes it easy to forget the horror of his crimes. It’s a fascinating, engaging story, chock full of sex, beautiful women, a famous actress, sweeping rhetoric about new world orders, and enough time and distance to dull the horrible reality of what it was like when The Family was on their killing spree. The subsequent trial was sensational and shocking, and its worth noting that over 40 years later, I can tell you the whole story without looking it up. And the profile makes him seem less threatening and almost endearing, especially given that he mostly babbles incoherently. It’s almost like he didn’t command a cult and order the execution of innocent people (including the pregnant Sharon Tate).

And so, if your daughter calls home and says she’s engaged to a convicted cult leader and killer? Go get her. Don’t offer up your basement, don’t say you’ll read up on his environmental writings, and don’t say you’ll give him a chance. Go to Corcoran and bring her home.

Photo: Getty Images

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    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Man, I love this piece. I love the last line so much

    • LiteBrite

      This makes all of my poor choices in boyfriends pale in comparison.

      • Julia Sonenshein

        I know, right? We’re doing okay.

      • whiteroses

        This kind of makes me feel better about the fact that my parents hate my husband, because hey- it could totally be worse.

    • MommaJen

      Should batshit crazy Star ever come to her senses, she sure set the bar low for the next suitor….

    • keelhaulrose

      And now every time my parents say my husband looks like a serial killer, I can point this article out and say “well, it could be worse. At least he’s not an ACTUAL serial killer”.
      Yes, my parents say my husband looks like a serial killer. I wish I were joking.

      • Julia Sonenshein

        Okay, I need to be up front with you on something. The office girls and I have characterized a few guys as “serial killer hot” and we’re into it.

      • doriangirl

        That’s hilarious, my friends and I have used that exact phrase before too! I blame Dexter Morgan

    • CrazyLogic

      I think she’s lying about her parents being on board. My theory is that they are both hospitalized from the massive heart attack/stroke they must have had on hearing the news.

      Also will have to tell a friend of my to change her internet nickname…

      • Evelyn

        I suspect delusional rather than lying. If she thinks that Manson is lovable or cares about her she is obviously lying to herself more than she could ever lie to the rest of the world. Also her parents must know Manson will never be released or figure that they could put their foot down and protect her when it happens. “There there, poor mad darling, of course you can move in a madman who will never be released when he gets out if you just come and live in our house now so that we can care for you and make sure you get the professional help you need while we wait for your pretend boyfriend to come to you”

      • whiteroses

        Apparently- people ask Manson about the 1969 murders in prison. He’s always answered the same way. “I don’t know anything”. Then he winks.
        If he ever gets out of prison, he’ll kill again. And this Star chick is certifiably bonkers.

    • Annona

      I’m not in any way making light of this girls obvious bad mental state…or how creepy it is that Charley still has some weird mojo over sweet young things after all these years…but even he admits this is bullshit. “Star” has been claiming they’re getting married for years now. She’s in at least two books about him. This is Manson playing mind games with the media and getting his face back in the news. I do wish there was someone in her life who was able to get her the hell out of there, though. Serial killer groupies are one of the many things about society that I just don’t get.

    • Tinyfaeri

      Maybe it’s a Jimmy Kimmel prank.

    • Kay_Sue

      Well. I’ll take “Psychotic and Delusional Females” for $1,000,000, Alex.

    • Jaunges Kaune

      It never ceases to amaze the forbearing that’s proven “when taken
      over-lightly” a true measure of the worthiness of mankind’s consciousness or thought.
      . .