Skip to comments.Manson follower Susan Atkins being considered for compassionate release
Posted on 06/13/2008 7:56:28 AM PDT by Lizavetta
CORONA, Calif. (AP) Former Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins, convicted in the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate, could soon be released from prison because she is near death, authorities said.
Atkins, 59, is terminally ill and being considered for so-called "compassionate release," state corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. She gave no details of Atkins' illness, but said a doctor had determined she had less than six months to live.
The corrections department was reviewing the request, which if approved would then be passed to the state Board of Parole which has the power to release Atkins under state law so they can die with loved ones, at their expense.
Such releases are relatively rare only 10 of the 60 requests made last year were granted, Thornton said. The prisoners must have family members willing and able to care for them.
Atkins, now a gray-haired, matronly looking woman, was one of cult leader Manson's ersatz hippie "family" of young killers who burst into a Beverly Hills home 39 years ago and killed Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski, along with four others. The following night they stabbed to death a wealthy couple in their Los Angeles home.
Atkins has been denied parole 11 times, most recently in 2005.
She was housed in the California Institution for Women in Corona for 37 years, but has been in a nearby hospital since March.
Stick a fork in her.
So if they they release her, and by some miracle she is cured of the cancer, she’ll just walk right back into jail, right?
Show her the same compassion she showed the pregnant Sharon Tate.
How much compassion did Sharon Tate get? Sharon’s baby? The others that were murdered? What comfort did their loved ones get?
Put her in the cell with her cult hero.
I want her to be shown the same compassion Sharon Tate’s baby was shown.
Compared to the mass killers in Gitmo, Manson and his followers are pretty tame characters.
No, she can go live with Bill Ayers and his spouse Bernadine Dohrn, who reportedly had some praise for the Manson gang for the murders. One of Manson victims was Sharon Tate’s fetus, whose life Sharon begged for before she was stabbed to death by these lunatics.
Let her shrivel and rot away in prison. That’s as much compassion as she deserves.
Compassionate release? Where was the compassion for Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent?
If I remember correctly, after the pregnant Sharon Tate begged for her baby’s life, one of the Manson woman told her something to the effect of, “Look, bitch, I have no mercy for you ... “
Let those words be the parole board’s guiding sentiment in the matter of Susan Atkins.
Let her die in prison. Alone.
She wants to help out on the Obama campaign.
She should claim a prison religious conversion. That would do the trick.
Ask her parents if she should be released, they probably have a good opinion of the woman who helped murder their child and grandchild.
Better yet, put Sharon’s hubby in her cell if they do release her. He could keep the cot warm for a while too.
Within two years she’ll be on some university faculty.
Why should she get special treatment? Compassionate release is near impossible.
Because she is a celeb?
"Atkins told the grand jury that she stabbed Frykowski in the legs and that she held Tate down while Watson stabbed her. She also testified that Tate had pleaded for her life and that of her unborn child, to which Atkins replied, "Woman, I have no mercy for you." She also denied her earlier statement to Howard and Graham that she had tasted Tate's blood."
Where was the compassion for Sharon Tate and her unborn child? Where was the compassion when that couple were murdered? Compassion my foot.
I as a Christian and a human being feel compassion for this murderer but not enough to release her from prison. She will be taken care of inside the prison as well as someone on the outside is taken care of. She’s lucky she has people that have compassion when considering her release.
I think she should be given the same treatment as any patient receives but it should be given behind bars. At least if she has family they can come and physicall speak to her, pray for her and hug her. All Sharon Tate’s family can do is to come visit the gravsite of her and her unborn baby.
No, my vote is to keep her in prison.
No. Manson and his followers should’ve fried like bacon almost 40 years ago for what they did to Mrs. Polanski & the baby. Thank the liberal activist U.S. Supremes for that decision to forbid the death penalty, always on a roll in doing the wrong thing.
She’s lucky she isn’t 6 feet under already.....let her rot where she is. Can you imagine how family members of the murdered ones feel about THIS?????
I pray she stays right where she is till her last day.
I tried her diet and my cholesterol soared.
The “lawyer” that was funneling information and msgs out of prison for a terrorist was asked to be a guest lecturer at a Univ. in NY. Tom Delay was refused the position because he is too controversial.
I would say unbelievable, but not the way our schools are run.
And indeed that is what Susan should be told now.
I can think of a way to give her a “compassionate release” which would be equivalent to the way she treated Sharon Tate and her unborn child.
Looks like I may be the only one to stand against the tide, but so be it.
37 years in jail. Clear track record of acceptance of her personal guilt and responsibility. Clear break with her past (unlike others in the Manson family). A faith backed up by good works over the long term. In a prison hospital since March with terminal brain cancer.
I would be OK with compasionate release at this point.
If she's being considered for parole, then Sirhan Sirhan should be out.
Atkins brutally murdered Sharon Tate and HER BABY with a butcher knife. All Sirhan did was allegedly shoot one person, a politician. There's no solid proof that Sirhan even fired the fatal shot (his gun was a .22 Iver-Johnson revolver but many .38 cal rounds were found).
Can you say 'Mob Hit' boys and girls? There, I knew you could.
As would I.
LOL. Now I see why Bill Ayers wife said that.
So Atkins has only 6-months left to live. How many do Sharon Tate and her baby have? Let her die in prison.
That really does infuriate me. Murder is as unforgiveable as you can get because you cannot bring the person back. Responsibility falls on the murderer and Atkins should spend the rest of her days behind bars(she’s lucky for that). Her murders were atrocious and showed no mercy. She needs to face the consequences. I’m sick of liberals putting this concern for the murderers always first.
*If I remember correctly, after the pregnant Sharon Tate begged for her babys life, one of the Manson woman told her something to the effect of, Look, bitch, I have no mercy for you ... *
Yes, and that just happened to be the merciless Susan Atkins who stabbed and stabbed away after telling Sharon that. She always bragged about what a rush she got from it.
Charles ‘Tex’ Watson has been playing that game for some time. How long before liberals let that demon out?
When Sharon Tate gets a compassionate release, then we’ll consider it.
The ONLY reason she should be released is to save the tax payers of California the expenses involved with her illness and funeral. She's been supported by them for almost 40 years since her death sentence was converted to life in prison.
Since they share the same reverence for the unborn.
Unfortunately that's not the only thing they can do. Her mother, Doris Tate had to actively fight every Manson family parole hearing until her death in 1992. Her sister Patti continued her mother's good work but died in 2000. Her middle sister Debra now attends every Manson family parole hearing. I don't think any of the Tates should have had to attend one parole hearing as there shouldn't be any for the scum.
Dr Death got a ‘compassionate release” a couple of years ago because he was said to be at death’s doorstep but he’s still alive.I say keep her *in* and put him *back* in.
How much compassion did Susan Adkins show?
Let her rot in her own hovel. Hell no she shouldn’t be released.
And as for her being in a local hospital, did Sharon Tate get that? No, she had her baby stabbed to death in her stomach.
We have turned into a hand wringing spineless caterer to the most file creatures known to have existed on planet earth.
What have we become anyway? It’s disgusting!
Murder is murder. But, while some of those in Gitmo may have only been captured trying to kill, Manson’s followers brutally killed a young woman and her baby along with the others. If were going to compare, I’d say Manson’s gang was pretty brutal.