Manson Follower Susan Atkins Dies

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.


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  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Sep 26, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    This lady was very disturbed and brainwashed in her youth. She paid for it by giving up her freedoms. The crime was horrific. I wish I followed her story more closely so I know her side. We are all sinners. It doesn't matter if we go to church three times a week or once a year or never. A lot of members of churches drive people off by trying to play God. You should lead by His Son's example and love everyone. Jesus didn't judge and he was God's Son. Come on folks. I don't like what Susan did to Sharon. But they are both God's children, just as you and I are.
  • by RobH Location: Greenville on Sep 25, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Alot of supposed christians posting on here..Do you remember Jesus picking up the rock and saying "He who is without sin cast the first stone" Perhaps you should pay attention in church instead of just judging everyone else
  • by God's Child Location: Eastern on Sep 25, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    Thank you "Just Thoughts" for your comment. That is so true!! John 3:16
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    You so-called "christians" never cease to amaze me. You pray to the so-called "almighty" every time someone dies in an accident or something, but a convicted felon who has come to terms with what she did 40 years ago, she should be parking cars with Hitler and John Wayne Gacy is a supposed place for "bad people". Sorry. I'll not listen to the fairy tales.
  • by Just thoughts Location: my mind on Sep 25, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    Just an aside since this went straight to a christian conversation. I haven't read it in a while but I am pretty sure no matter the commandment that you break (though you may view is as lesser) if you break one in God's eyes you have broken them all. Therefore, no matter the sin (or the degree of sin that 'we' place on it) they are all the same. So jealousy and sloth are the same as robbery and murder.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    Chris, it is hard for us to understand how God would forgive even murderers. It isn't the act of just saying a few words that savaes you. It's about what happens in their heart and only God is the judge of that.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    See this is where I disagree with the christians. How in the world can a monster that goes on a killing spree say a few hocus pocus words and *poof* I am saved. She gave her life to prison after she got caught with the vicious killings. I know alot of people in prison that all of the sudden turn religious once inside. I don't buy it. She is toasting it up in a hot hot place right about now. She is right there beside Michael Jackson, and many other monsters. Good riddance and to bad it took 40 Years.
  • by Mortie Location: nc on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    Thank the Lord, God is forgiving. I do hope she was saved. Sad all the way around.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    Good ridence, she lived 40 years TO LONG
  • by George Location: enc on Sep 25, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    As far as I'm concerned, justice has finally been served for Sharon Tate and her family.
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