Rosalie Jean Willis: Facts About Charles Manson’s First Wife
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 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.
However, in 1965, Rosalie Willis ended her marriage with Jack White and then moved on to marry another man named Warren Howard Handley.
As time passed, Rosalie Willis had to go through a fate that no mother can bear to go through; Rosalie Willis’s three children with her previous husband’s passed away. More than that, they did not die because of any natural causes.
Rosalie Willis’s third husband, Warren Howard Handley, passed away in 1998. Rosalie Willis went on to live another 11 years, all alone, until her death on August 21, 2009.
Rosalie Willis was battling with lung cancer for a long time while she peacefully passed away at her home in Tucson, Arizona.