Here on iHorror we don’t just talk about horror movies but also horror in real life, categorizing the latter posts under the banner ‘True Horror.’ And I can’t think of anything more truly horrifying than this week’s most shocking story, concerning the upcoming nuptials of supreme nutjob Charles Manson…

Just to give you a little refresher course on ole Charlie, he’s basically credited for single-handedly destroying the ‘hippie’ era and reminding America that people are inherently terrible, in the wake of his followers butchering seven people in the summer of 1969. Though the murders were carried out by Manson’s so-called ‘family,’ it was he who became synonymous with them, due to the fact that he was the brains of the operation.

It wasn’t long before Charles Manson became a household name, and in the years since Sharon Tate and friends were murdered, Manson has become somewhat of a cult icon, donning the t-shirts of misguided youths and continually amassing a stable of loyal followers and devotees. Again, people are terrible.

Yesterday, it was announced that Manson is set to marry one of those followers, a 26-year-old woman who has spent the last decade trying to free him. Though the 80-year-old Manson is locked up in prison, the marriage license has nevertheless been approved, and the wedding is likely to take place sometime next month.

Charles Manson wedding

“I love him,” said bride-to-be Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by the nickname ‘Star’. “I’m with him. There’s all kinds of things.”

Yea. She sounds totally normal.

Though Manson is not typically allowed visitors, an exception for the marriage is being made, and the lovers will be allowed to invite ten non-inmate guests. ‘Star’ says the marriage will give her access to information she’s not able to view as Manson’s girlfriend, which she hopes to use in an effort to free her sadistic hero. Because God forbid we didn’t give her access to that stuff.

In a world where same-sex marriage isn’t universally legal in this country, it’s of course both sickening and horrifying that a guy like Charles Manson is provided the luxury, as the issuing of a marriage license essentially states that homosexuals are more evil than one of the most evil men in American history. Go America!

The most troubling thing about all of this, however, is that Manson’s power is entirely in the department of mind control, as his whole M.O. is convincing young women to do terrible things. If there’s ANYTHING he should be prevented from doing in prison it’s conversing with impressionable young women, and the fact that he’s now marrying one is deeply horrifying.

But hey, this is America we’re talking about, so we can likely expect Manson’s wedding to be televised, and for him to become the next reality star. We’re doomed. We’re all doomed.