Charles Manson’s first wife is Rosalie Jean Willis, a notorious cult leader.
Rosalie Willis was raised in Benwood, West Virginia, where she was born on January 28, 1937, to Clarence Willis and Virginia McNich.
Rosalie Willis was the third child and had three siblings: Clarence “Buster” Willis, Amy and Eileen, and two sisters. When Rosie Willis was still relatively little, her parents were divorced.
Rosalie Willis first met Charles Manson, who would go on to become an infamous cultist, while she was working as a waitress in a hospital. Rosalie Willis was just 15 years old when she first encountered Charles Manson, who was thought to be in his twenties at the time.
On January 7, 1955, Rosalie Willis and Charles Manson exchanged vows at the Nazarene Church. Rosalie Willis stuck with Charles Manson despite knowing he was a vehicle mechanic and a car thief at the time of their marriage because she thought he would change. Rosalie Willis sought for divorce three years after her marriage, but it was not to be.
Charles Manson Jr. was the lone child born to Rosalie Willis and Charles Manson in 1956. Rosalie Willis became pregnant while Charles Manson was incarcerated.
Rosalie Willis decided to marry another man while Charles Mason was still incarcerated because, following repeated visits to him in jail, she saw no future in their marriage.
Charles Manson Jr. shot himself in the head at the age of 37 after failing to overcome the trauma of being the son of a killer. He was unable to escape his father’s shadow.
Charles Manson, the spouse of Rosalie Willis, was a notorious criminal and cult leader. He established the “Manson Family,” a California-based quasi-commune, in the middle of 1967. In four different locales in July and August of 1969, his disciples carried out a string of nine murders.
In 1971, Charles Manson was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiring to kill seven individuals, including actress Sharon Tate.
Rosalie Willis wed Jack White following the dissolution of her marriage to Charles Manson. Jesse J. White and Jed White, who were born in 1958 and 1959, respectively, were two more children that Rosalie Willis had with Jack White.
Rosalie Willis, however, separated from her husband Jack White in 1965 and afterwards wed Warren Howard Handley.
As time went on, Rosalie Willis suffered a fate that no mother should have to endure: the deaths of her three children from a previous marriage. Furthermore, they did not pass away from any natural reasons.
Warren Howard Handley, Rosalie Willis’ third husband, went away in 1998. Rosalie Willis continued to live on her own for a further 11 years before passing away on August 21, 2009.
Rosalie Willis quietly passed away at her home in Tucson, Arizona, after a protracted battle with lung cancer.