Proving that he has not lost his ability to unnerve or disgust, Charles Manson rages throughout a new interview – in which he reveals his history of bisexuality; his plans to marry a 25-year-old follower; how he heads a group of America’s most notorious murderers and rapists behind bars; and, of course, that he is innocent.
The interview in Rolling Stone details how the repulsive serial killer rubs shoulders daily with men such as Phillip Garrido, who raped and held 11-year Jaycee Dugard prisoner for 18-years – Manson’s infamous charismatic personality unable to resist bringing other inmates into his fold.
Held inside his ‘protective housing’ unit at California’s Corcoran State Prison, along with 15 other high-profile inmates, Manson tells how he finds the time to dispense musical advice to serial killer Juan Corona, who was responsible for killing 25 people in 1971, and ‘gets along just fine’ with Mikhail Markhasev, who killed Bill Cosby’s son Ennis in 1997.
The fact that Manson, 79, spends his days happily mingling with the dregs of American society is just one of many revelations in a bizarre and unsettling interview two years in the making that the serial killer has given to Rolling Stone.
The magazine describes Manson as ‘a face-of-evil superstar symbol second only to Hitler.’
The most eye-catching part of the interview is that Manson is to marry a 25-year-old ‘fan’ named Star – a name he gave to her.
She moved near to Corcoran State Prison when she was 19, just to be closer to him. She has recently carved an X into her forehead – a self-inflicted mark that many Manson followers have made on their foreheads over the years – matching the swastika tattoo Manson has.
The unlikely couple are seen posing for photographs taken from inside the jail where the killer will most likely die.
In the Rolling Stone interview Star said: ‘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.’
However, it is Star’s resemblance to Manson Family member Susan Atkins that has caused most tongues to wag.
The similarities are striking but Star denies them, seeking to distinguish herself from the lady known as Sexy Sadie – due to Manson’s obsession with The Beatles – who was sent to prison for life for her role in the Tate-LaBianca killings. Atkins died in jail in 2009.
Star told Rolling Stone: ‘That b**** was f***ing crazy. She was a crazy f***ing w****. “Oh Charlie, I did this for you.” She didn’t know what she was doing.’
During Atkins’s trial in 1970, she took the stand and said: ‘Sharon Tate 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?’