Charles Manson Bragged In Prison, 'All Women Want Me'

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Convicted mass murderer Charles Manson is shown in this handout picture from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, dated June 16, 2011, and released to Reuters on April 8, 2012. CDCR/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Former cult leader Charles Manson, who convinced his followers to murder nine people in Los Angeles in 1969, was so self-assured that even in prison, he was convinced all women wanted him.

Manson died last week while serving a life sentence for the crimes, but during his time at Corcoran State Prison, he befriended Program Administrator Edward George, who recounted a conversation he had with Manson as he was planning a prison wedding to Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme in the early 1970s.

"Do you want to marry her?" George asked. "He looks at me, and he has this crucifix on the wall in his cell and says, 'Can you imagine me coming off the cross to get married?'"

Manson continued to tell the Mercury News he had no interest in getting married because, even in prison, he didn't want to dedicate himself to just one woman.

"I'm not going to get married," Manson allegedly said. "Do you know who I am? All women want me. I can't tie myself down to one woman."

"I'm thinking, This is a really creepy guy," George said. "I'm going to keep an eye on him."

Fromme was a member of the Manson Family who was sentenced to life in prison for aiming a gun at then-President Gerald Ford. She was released on parole in 2009. But she wasn't the only woman to actually consider Manson marriage material.

His first wife was Rosalie Jean Willis, who married Manson while he was between prison sentences in 1955. They divorced three years later, after having one son who would kill himself in 1993. Just a year later, Manson married a former prostitute, Leona "Candy" Stevens. They were divorced in 1963.

The most mystifying of his marriages, or almost-marriages, was in 2014 when Afton Elaine Burton publicly said she would marry Manson. She visited him in jail, and the two even got a marriage license. But the license expired after three months, allegedly because Burton wanted to display Manson's dead body in a glass case. In an interview with the New York Post, author Daniel Simone said Manson had "finally realized he's been played for a fool."

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