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Manson Follower Susan Atkins, With Six Months To Live, Granted Parole Hearing
LA Now ^ | June 05, 2009

Posted on 06/05/2009 10:21:50 PM PDT by Steelfish

Manson follower Susan Atkins, with six months to live, granted parole hearing

June 5, 2009

Last year, doctors diagnosed Susan Atkins with terminal cancer, prompting a failed bid by the convicted murderer and Charles Manson follower to receive a "compassionate release" from state prison.

But Atkins, who gained infamy for her role in the 1969 slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and others in a bloody two-night rampage in Los Angeles, may get one last chance to convince state parole officials she should no longer be kept behind bars.

Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Thursday they have scheduled a Sept. 2 parole hearing for Atkins in Los Angeles.

Atkins has served 38 years in prison, longer than any other female prisoner, officials said. Before last year's attempt, she was most recently considered for, and denied, parole in 2000.

In early 2008 Atkins was diagnosed with brain cancer. With one leg amputated and the other paralyzed, Atkins has only six months to live, doctors say. Atkins petitioned for so-called compassionate release, igniting a debate about when mercy is appropriate.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: manson; mansonfamily; parole; sharontate; susanatkins
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1 posted on 06/05/2009 10:21:50 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

No parole. No compassion. Let her die in gaol.


2 posted on 06/05/2009 10:23:49 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Steelfish

move her to Gitmo. I hear they have an empty cage there.


3 posted on 06/05/2009 10:24:53 PM PDT by vox_freedom (If anyone wanted to know what would happen with a far, far left POTUS, it's here and now...)
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To: Steelfish

They showed no compassion, the should receive none.


4 posted on 06/05/2009 10:28:02 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world, and they are all out to get me.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
No parole. No compassion. Let her die in gaol.--Ditto that!

Sharon Tate, her unborn child and others have been dead that 38 years she and Manson have been living off the tax dime. Let her never see the outside again--not even for 5 seconds. They should have all been executed within 2 months of the massacres.

vaudine

5 posted on 06/05/2009 10:29:29 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: DieHard the Hunter

There isn’t any real way to think Atkins is still dangerous and they keep throwing really dangerous people out of prisons to make room for more dangerous people. That’s aside from the 65% of the people in prisons for “war on drugs(TM)” infractions....


6 posted on 06/05/2009 10:31:31 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Steelfish

Give her a fair hearing, listen to her words with compassion, then lock her sorry butt back up until she dies.

Life in prison means just that, life!

Why should she get a break she didn’t give others when she joined in with heinous murders?


7 posted on 06/05/2009 10:34:47 PM PDT by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: Steelfish

I wonder where she would go after all these years.


8 posted on 06/05/2009 10:37:19 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Steelfish

My sister lived in a commune for a few years in Vermont with Linda Kasabian who was one of the Manson Girls who turned state’s witness.

But hey. Why shouldn’t we be compassionate. After all, Obama and Michelle are good friends with a woman who thought it was completely cool that they stuck a fork in the dead, pregnant body of their victim.

Sad. Shame. Shame.


9 posted on 06/05/2009 10:39:27 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: rlmorel

Tell us more about Linda Kasabian.


10 posted on 06/05/2009 10:40:37 PM PDT by jokyfo (JESUS CHRIST: The Light of the world... AMERICA: The light of freedom.)
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To: Steelfish

Upon first reading this, I thought they should let her go so she could end her life in a better way than in prison, but when I considered what she did to that woman and her unborn baby, I say we should let her spend the rest of her life the way justice intended. Behind bars.


11 posted on 06/05/2009 10:45:24 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Steelfish

Maybe she won’t make it to September.


12 posted on 06/05/2009 10:47:08 PM PDT by john in springfield
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To: john in springfield

Six months to live,we grant you your parole next June.


13 posted on 06/05/2009 10:52:51 PM PDT by Canes101
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To: Steelfish

She was evil and stupid. Her fate has been determined on this earth.


14 posted on 06/05/2009 10:53:44 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: wendy1946
"There isn’t any real way to think Atkins is still dangerous and they keep throwing really dangerous people out of prisons to make room for more dangerous people."

We incarcerate people for two reason. The first, as you point, is to keep dangerous people away from innocent citizen whom they can harm. The other, which is frequently overlooked, is to punish those who have committed offenses against the people.

Ms. Atkins is no longer a threat to anyone, but that doesn't mean her punishment is absolved. She should spend the rest of the days in prison, thinking about what she did and hoping (or praying if she believes in God), that whatever fate awaits her on the other side, is more pleasant than the one she helped to give to so many on this side.

15 posted on 06/05/2009 10:55:07 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: john in springfield

Compassion and Forgiveness is what Jesus Christ is about...

She should be let out to die in PEACE. The Peace she did not grant to Sharon Tate and her baby...


16 posted on 06/05/2009 10:56:47 PM PDT by TaraP (Unless we stand for something, we will fall for everything.")
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To: Big_Monkey
That has alot to do with redemption but it is a secret I guess.
17 posted on 06/05/2009 10:57:52 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Steelfish
Atkins has served 38 years in prison, longer than any other female prisoner

I think they should keep her, just to give others a higher goal to try to break. Oh yeah. I'm good with "an eye for an eye" version - regarding the peace and compassion comment.

18 posted on 06/05/2009 11:02:26 PM PDT by Kent C
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To: Steelfish

Give her a steel fork and tell her to stick it.


19 posted on 06/05/2009 11:02:42 PM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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Too bad her original death sentence wasn’t carried out. I wouldn’t let this woman out no matter how sick she gets.


20 posted on 06/05/2009 11:26:55 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: Steelfish

No compassion, no mercy-— do you think ayers is helping?


21 posted on 06/05/2009 11:30:03 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: Steelfish

And this just in.... Sharon Tate, dead for thirty years along with the baby that was carved out of her stomach, both turned down for their first parole hearing.


22 posted on 06/05/2009 11:36:14 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama post 09/11. The U.S. is sorry, we are a Muslim nation, and we surrender.)
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To: TaraP
Compassion and Forgiveness is what Jesus Christ is about... She should be let out to die in PEACE. The Peace she did not grant to Sharon Tate and her baby...

So if Christians don't demand her release, they are as bad as Manson and his murderers?

And according to Playboy, Liberals now support terror-raping conservative women.

Things are getting very, very clear. Thanks for posting, you've done far more than you realize.

23 posted on 06/05/2009 11:39:06 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Steelfish

Well. and where was the mercy for the people she helped murder? She is lucky she was not hanged 38 years ago.


24 posted on 06/05/2009 11:47:42 PM PDT by celtic gal (I think the democRATs should change their logo from a jackass to a RAT with a long tail.)
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To: Big_Monkey

“We incarcerate people for two reason. ‘

I say there is a third reason: Justice. People need justice.


25 posted on 06/05/2009 11:51:41 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Big_Monkey

Well said.


26 posted on 06/05/2009 11:53:51 PM PDT by Gator113 (I live in "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." Imam Obama told me so.)
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To: Steelfish
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Graphic murder scene!

"Remember Susan Atkins famously told a sobbing and begging Sharon Tate prior to her murder and mutilation, “Look bitch, I have no mercy for you.”

flapsblog.com

27 posted on 06/05/2009 11:57:03 PM PDT by Daaave ("Where it all ends I can't fathom my friends")
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To: Steelfish

She murdered a person and a pregnant one at that. She should die in prison.


28 posted on 06/05/2009 11:58:56 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Steelfish

Imagine Sharon Tate today, at around 70, driving over to her daughter’s home to bring some presents to her three little grandchildren.

Whoops. You can’t. Because Sharon and her unborn child (daughter or son, who knew) DIED 38 years ago at the hands of this monster who wanted to torture and kill both of them. The grandchildren never even got to be.

Why, I bet they amputated Susan’s leg with ANESTHETICS. Something Susan forgot to think about when she stabbed Sharon over and over.

Compassion? It’s a little late for compassion.


29 posted on 06/06/2009 12:07:49 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

It was a little boy. Richard Paul, I think. I can’t even fathom the terror Sharon Tate must have felt. As a society, we have the obligation to put a value on innocent human life. The State of CA placed a value on Atkins life when they overturned the death penalty. But I think she should serve her sentence to pay society-and the families- for the life she took from her victims.


30 posted on 06/06/2009 12:26:54 AM PDT by karatemom (I would never black out the name of Jesus!)
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To: karatemom

It is still painful to many people, all over, what happened in my city that night. I was a little girl and did not know about it until years later when I read Bugliosi’s “Helter Skelter.” Oh my gosh, we used to drive by the old house on Cielo Drive late at night and freak ourselves out. It looked, then, when I was in my teens, exactly as it did the night of the murders. (They changed the house and the whole street around; nothing looks the same there any more today.)

No way should these killers be shown any more mercy than what they got when their sentence of death was overturned. None of the victims’ death sentences have been.


31 posted on 06/06/2009 12:31:49 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Talisker

Nice to meet someone else who gets it.


32 posted on 06/06/2009 12:34:13 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Steelfish

Her execution date was years ago


33 posted on 06/06/2009 12:35:03 AM PDT by dennisw (Weakness is a Crime! Don't be a Criminal - Bernarr MacFadden)
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To: Steelfish

We’ve kept her locked up for 38 years, another 6 months won’t hurt. Approve her parole after she’s dead.


34 posted on 06/06/2009 12:38:30 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: dennisw

Californika could cut back on their prison costs by just executing all their death row inmates and several thousand murderers...Cost cutting 101, hey Arnold!


35 posted on 06/06/2009 12:38:54 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: karatemom

Awwwwww. I watched the documentary about Roman Polanski the other day online and even if I don’t have sympathy for him about the 13-year-old girl case, I must admit my heart went straight out to him when they showed him returning from Europe when his beloved wife and longed-for child had just been murdered. The expression on his face was one I hope never to see again on anybody.


36 posted on 06/06/2009 12:42:51 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

Yeah, I saw that documentary as well. Although he is one strange duck, the tragedy of losing his wife and son was heartbreaking. One of the big “if only”-if only she staying in Europe...
But again, Atkins has been shown compassion. I have heard that she is a Christian, and it is my hope that is true. She will be washed of her sins by the blood of Christ. She should also finish her sentence. I personally don’t think a lifetime is enough for what she did.


37 posted on 06/06/2009 12:50:29 AM PDT by karatemom (I would never black out the name of Jesus!)
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To: Steelfish
I thought this is what a life sentence is supposed to mean. If death penalty opponents are at all honest, they should be rallying to keep her in jail until she's dead.

That's what it means to serve "life".

38 posted on 06/06/2009 2:13:56 AM PDT by muir_redwoods ( Hey, remember the last head of state who dictated the design of automobiles?)
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To: Marie2
“We incarcerate people for two reason." I say there is a third reason: Justice. People need justice.

Well said. Society has been merciful in allowing Adkins to live and contemplate her actions. Hopefully, she has used that time well, but it is not without our power to forgive the murders she committed. Adkins victims are not here to speak for themselves, so it is our obligation to see that the full life sentence is served.

39 posted on 06/06/2009 2:27:29 AM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
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To: TaraP

TaraP ,
Forgiveness is for GOD, not humans.
This person along with many others invaded homes and murdered innocents. One was Sharon Tate whose unborn baby was cut out of her belly and Sharon was killed along with many other innocents all to try to start a “race war”.
This is just evil pure and simple.
Were this nearly any other state than Calif. Atkins, Manson and the others all would have been in hell by now and should have been.


40 posted on 06/06/2009 3:02:58 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Robwin
I wonder where she would go after all these years.

My answer is straight to Hell!

41 posted on 06/06/2009 3:11:51 AM PDT by jws3sticks (Zer0 and Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: Steelfish

Let her die in her cell and bury her bones there.


42 posted on 06/06/2009 3:26:32 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Robwin

She’s married to a lawyer.


43 posted on 06/06/2009 3:27:20 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Steelfish

Give her the same mercy that she showed her victim.


44 posted on 06/06/2009 3:31:02 AM PDT by linn37 (cue the circus music the democrats are back in charge)
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To: linn37
Give her the same mercy that she showed her victim.

"Ye have heard it said....but I say unto ye...."

45 posted on 06/06/2009 3:34:12 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: Steelfish

Grant her the mercy she granted Sharon Stone and her child.


46 posted on 06/06/2009 4:10:50 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: freeangel

Actually, the life sentence rather than the death penalty was mercy.


47 posted on 06/06/2009 4:23:06 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: Steelfish
if this murderer wants out of prison so bad, I would give her a nice, stout, long rope. If she can figure out how to use it on herself, then that is her early release from prison. Otherwise, she can lay there an rot. If she has made peace with God, great, and it won't hurt a thing to sit and wait the next few months right where she is.
48 posted on 06/06/2009 4:26:26 AM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: Steelfish

If she is truly in the final stages, her release could probabaly be less humane given her physical and financial straits which the state now foots the bill. Her only relief would be emotional.


49 posted on 06/06/2009 4:36:59 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Steelfish
“Hi, I’m Norman Bates, for the Norman Bates School of Criminal Justice, and I say...

“Hack her to death with a kitchen knife.”

50 posted on 06/06/2009 4:48:06 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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