Rosalie Jean Willis is the first wife of Charles Manson, the infamous cult leader.
Rosalie Willis was born in Benwood, West Virginia on January 28, 1937 to Clarence Willis and Virginia McNich. Rosalie Willis was the third of three children; she had two sisters, Amy and Eileen, and a brother, Clarence “Buster” Willis. When Rosie Willis was a child, her parents split.
Rosalie Willis was a waitress in a hospital when she met Charles Manson, who would later become a cult leader. Rosalie Willis was just 15 years old when she met Charles Manson, while Manson was assumed to be in his twenties.
Rosalie Willis and Charles Manson were married in the Nazarene Church on January 7, 1955. Charles Manson was a vehicle mechanic and a car thief at the time of their marriage, and despite this, Rosalie Willis stayed and hoped that her beloved husband would change. However, this was not to be the case, and Rosalie Willis filed for divorce three years after marriage.
Rosalie Willis and Charles Manson had a son, Charles Manson Jr., in 1956. When Rosalie Willis became pregnant, Charles Manson was incarcerated.
Rosalie Willis married another man while Charles Mason was still in prison, as she saw no chance for her marriage with Charles Manson following repeated visits to him in prison.
Charles Manson Jr. was unable to escape his father’s shadow, and having failed to overcome the trauma of being the son of a killer, he committed himself at the age of 37 by shooting himself in the head.
Charles Manson, Rosalie Willis’s spouse, was an infamous criminal and cult leader. In mid-1967, he founded what became known as the “Manson Family,” a California-based quasi-commune. In July and August 1969, his disciples conducted a series of nine killings in four locales.
Charles Manson was convicted in 1971 of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the deaths of seven individuals, including actress Sharon Tate.
Rosalie Willis married Jack White following her divorce from Charles Manson. Rosalie Willis fathered two additional children with Jack White: Jesse J. White in 1958 and Jed White in 1959.
Rosalie Willis, however, divorced Jack White in 1965 and later married another guy called Warren Howard Handley.
Rosalie Willis eventually faced a fate that no mother can suffer; her three children from a previous marriage died. Additionally, they did not die of natural causes.
Warren Howard Handley, Rosalie Willis’s third husband, died in 1998. Rosalie Willis continued to live alone for a further 11 years, until her death on August 21, 2009.
Rosalie Willis battled lung cancer for a lengthy period of time before passing away quietly in her Tucson, Arizona, home.