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Should Susan Atkins die at home or in prison?
hotair.com ^ | July 3, 2008 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 07/03/2008 2:34:01 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Few if any murders carry the horrifying cachet of the Manson murders in 1969. The deaths of seven people on two nights at the end of a tumultuous decade combined all of the political and cultural baggage of the era — drugs, counterculture, celebrity, cults, and pure evil in the form of the perpetrators, especially Charles Manson himself. Combining mass murder and serial murder, the Manson Family has played on the imaginations of Americans for almost 40 years, while its members routinely apply for parole and get rejected.

Now one of them faces death, although much different in nature than the deaths she herself inflicted on her victims. Susan Atkins, probably the most committed of all the Tate/LaBianca murderers to Manson himself, has terminal brain cancer and is not expected to live out the year. She wants to be released so that she can die at home, presumably with family and friends. Matthew Schmalz asks in Newsweek whether mercy or retribution should take precedence (via Shaun Mullen):

Justice or mercy? That is the pressing question in what seems to be a coda in the story of the 1969 Manson family murders. At issue is the request by Susan Atkins, now 60, for compassionate release from prison on the grounds of terminal illness.

Apart from Charles Manson himself, Atkins was the public face of the Manson family during the Tate-LaBianca murder trial. She had bragged about mercilessly stabbing the pregnant Sharon Tate and laughed when details of the murders were presented in court. When she received a death sentence, the verdict seemed particularly appropriate. When her punishment was later changed to life imprisonment with possibility parole, it seemed to be a gross distortion of the justice process.

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KEYWORDS: atkins; deathrow; justice; letherrot; manson
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1 posted on 07/03/2008 2:34:01 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Justice can only be served if she remains in prison.


2 posted on 07/03/2008 2:37:09 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Prison.


3 posted on 07/03/2008 2:37:09 PM PDT by Pistolshot (When you let what you are define who you are, you create divisiveness.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

At home...which is prison.


4 posted on 07/03/2008 2:37:48 PM PDT by soupcon
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She should die with her belly and her neck slit wide open, just like her victims. And a city dump would be as good a place as any. Just torch the body and mix the dust in with all the other trash.


5 posted on 07/03/2008 2:38:41 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ( I say no to the Hillary Clinton wing of the Republican party. Not now or ever, John McCain...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Should Susan Atkins Die At Home or In Prison?

PRISON.
6 posted on 07/03/2008 2:38:43 PM PDT by Enchante (OBAMA: "That's not the Wesley Clark I knew!")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She wants to be released so that she can die at home, presumably with family and friends
1) HELL NO, she needs to die in prison, 2) she has no friends and 3) if the state lets her out, it will open the door, literally, for other prisoners who are either getting old and/or dying in prison. If they let out Atkins, who will be next, Manson, himself???


7 posted on 07/03/2008 2:38:52 PM PDT by antiunion person (President McCain, what a disgusting phrase.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not an issue worth dwelling on, she will be dead.


8 posted on 07/03/2008 2:38:59 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Neither. She ought to be taken out and shot by firing squad while it will still do some good.
9 posted on 07/03/2008 2:39:30 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: soupcon

She should die in prison and then go meet her maker.
This shouldn’t even be up for discussion, not for such a heinous crime.


10 posted on 07/03/2008 2:39:57 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She needs to die in prison. This woman deserves precious little compassion.


11 posted on 07/03/2008 2:39:58 PM PDT by mojito
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Absolutley, positively,,,,,,,,,,PRISON,,,,,no comforts for this murderer,,,,,,,give her just what she gave her victims..........NO CHOICE


12 posted on 07/03/2008 2:40:03 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR INFIDEL STEPHENJOHNBANKER)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Please Susan Atkins, just hurry up and die. The sooner the better. Good riddance!


13 posted on 07/03/2008 2:42:36 PM PDT by DFG
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hand her a pistol and let her off herself; OR, stay in jail and rot away until dead.


14 posted on 07/03/2008 2:42:56 PM PDT by ikka
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She belongs behind bars until her last breath is taken.


15 posted on 07/03/2008 2:42:57 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (This tagline is completely naked - STOP STARING!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
You would think that by now prison would feel like home. She has been there longer than any where else.
16 posted on 07/03/2008 2:44:08 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Prison until she reaches her hospice stage....then release her for her final few days or weeks.


17 posted on 07/03/2008 2:44:19 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Let's ask Sharon Tate.

I'm willing to go with whatever she says.

18 posted on 07/03/2008 2:44:59 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Public policy should never become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. -- Ike Eisenhower)
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To: DoughtyOne

I couldn’t agree more.


19 posted on 07/03/2008 2:45:11 PM PDT by InsensitiveConservative
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To: Free ThinkerNY
She Should have died 30 some years ago


20 posted on 07/03/2008 2:45:23 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Come on people, we should sit around a campfire with her, sing goom-by-ahh then chain her to a tree and watch her die slowly.


21 posted on 07/03/2008 2:45:47 PM PDT by JEC ((Pray for ALL our troops))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Prison!

She and the others were already shown compassion when their death sentences were vacated by the CA Supreme Court.


22 posted on 07/03/2008 2:45:55 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: boomop1

Yes, that’s how I feel. She’s already dying, I don’t think it matters where she is when she dies. God will judge her for her crimes soon. She won’t be committing any more.


23 posted on 07/03/2008 2:46:25 PM PDT by CatherinePPP
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Die in prison just like any other criminal would.


24 posted on 07/03/2008 2:46:43 PM PDT by GoldMan (Never try to rationalize an irrational mind............)
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To: tflabo
Prison until she reaches her hospice stage....then release her for her final few days or weeks.

Why do you think that?

25 posted on 07/03/2008 2:46:43 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Did I miss where she gave the ones she killed that kind of option? She should have the same that she gave.

Prison!

26 posted on 07/03/2008 2:46:55 PM PDT by mathluv
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She would be wise to take a page from Tex before she goes.


27 posted on 07/03/2008 2:47:45 PM PDT by Xenophon450 (I guess I'll never know, some things under the sun can never be understood...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Execute her now...and then send her body home to be buried. Or, failing that, she should die in prison, which is much better than she gave.

Truth is, this murdering animal should have been executed long, long ago.

28 posted on 07/03/2008 2:48:43 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I say prison but most likely even if she is in prison she will die in the local hospital. Isn’t is interesting how family means something when criminals are dying or asking for probation?


29 posted on 07/03/2008 2:48:48 PM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Should Susan Atkins die at home or in prison?

Prison.
30 posted on 07/03/2008 2:49:34 PM PDT by monkeycard (There's no such thing as too much ammo.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The entire Manson gang should never walk on free soil.


31 posted on 07/03/2008 2:51:44 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: InsensitiveConservative

Thanks.


32 posted on 07/03/2008 2:52:10 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ( I say no to the Hillary Clinton wing of the Republican party. Not now or ever, John McCain...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

No release. But if her friends and family want to be there at her prison deathbed when she passes on, that could possibly be arranged.


33 posted on 07/03/2008 2:52:26 PM PDT by Ronin (Is there some rule that says that when an evil man gets sick, we must pretend he was saint?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Prison! Why should she be treated any better than the treatment she gave Sharon Tate and an unborn baby? Prison is even too good for her but...yes, she should stay in prison!


34 posted on 07/03/2008 2:52:45 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Assuming, of course, she has any.


35 posted on 07/03/2008 2:52:51 PM PDT by Ronin (Is there some rule that says that when an evil man gets sick, we must pretend he was saint?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Prison with a webcam in her cell.


36 posted on 07/03/2008 2:53:08 PM PDT by Pylon (Remember boys, flies spread disease, so keep yours closed.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Prison. Case closed.

I don’t care if she dies without pain meds to be honest. These people cut up a full term pregnant woman. Let her rot.


37 posted on 07/03/2008 2:53:59 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She should die in prison with pictures of her victims all around her.


38 posted on 07/03/2008 2:53:59 PM PDT by alicewonders (I'm a conservative, and I'm hated by the GOP & the Dems - I must be doing something right!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I remember Manson’s krap, along with his cohort’s, all too well. The sentence was “for life” and that is what it should be. For life-—maybe, is not a category.


39 posted on 07/03/2008 2:55:09 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Prison.

And she should watch Charlie die


40 posted on 07/03/2008 2:57:10 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She should die in prison. She worked hard for it, she deserves it, now let her experience it.


41 posted on 07/03/2008 2:57:19 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

That would have been my answer, had you not beat me to it.


42 posted on 07/03/2008 2:57:37 PM PDT by papasmurf
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To: Free ThinkerNY

In solitary. Without meds. Or food. Or water. Period.


43 posted on 07/03/2008 2:57:45 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I read the family as a teen and it skeered the F out of me.

Clockwork orange? well that was just fiction.

The Family was chilling


44 posted on 07/03/2008 2:59:27 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She was ordered to prison to await her death, and rightly so.

Let that be her fate.


45 posted on 07/03/2008 3:00:42 PM PDT by papasmurf
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Tex Watson grew up here. like 25 mi away in Copeville.

The town has never shed his shadow


46 posted on 07/03/2008 3:00:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She’s been sentenced to life in prison, yes?

Then she gets out when her life is over.


47 posted on 07/03/2008 3:02:52 PM PDT by Xenalyte (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~)
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To: Snoopers-868th

Yes, and how much thought was given to Sharon Tate’s family and the other victims of these sick murderous people. Now is the time to think about them and not the criminals.


48 posted on 07/03/2008 3:03:16 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: tflabo

But her sentence is LIFE.

When the life is done, the sentence is over.

When she reaches the hospice stage, life ain’t done.


49 posted on 07/03/2008 3:03:58 PM PDT by Xenalyte (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Let her have as much mercy as she showed to Sharon Tate and her baby. I say let her die in prison, where she should stay until she goes to Hell.


50 posted on 07/03/2008 3:04:07 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients, pray for us.)
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