Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins, who admitted killing actress Sharon Tate 40 years ago, has died. She was 61.
California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Atkins, who suffered from brain cancer, had been in hospice care in recent days. Thornton said Atkins died late Thursday night at a prison hospital in Chowchilla where she had been moved when she became ill.
Early this month, she lost her final bid for parole. She was brought to the parole board on a gurney and slept through most of her parole hearing, rousing toward the end to recite the 23rd Psalm with her husband. Survivors of victims in the notorious Tate-LaBianca murders argued against her release.