Sacramento - He has been engaged to marry since last autumn, but it appears for now that mass murderer Charles Manson will remain one of the most notorious bachelors in the California prison system.
Manson, 80, technically has until Thursday to tie the knot under a 90-day marriage licence he was granted in November with bride-to-be Afton Elaine Burton, a woman more than five decades his junior.
But the two have yet to exchange vows and their deadline for doing so will pass before the next weekend visitation rolls around this Saturday and Sunday at California State Prison at Corcoran, where Manson is serving a life sentence.
State corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said prison officials had no idea why Manson had failed to act on the marriage licence. The couple would have to obtain a new marriage licence to extend their engagement.
Burton, an Illinois native who is now 27, is widely reported to have moved to central California during the past decade to be closer to the convicted killer. She indicated on the marriage licence that she had intended to change her name to Afton Elaine Manson once married.