Skip to comments.Manson Follower Susan Atkins, With Six Months To Live, Granted Parole Hearing
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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No parole. No compassion. Let her die in gaol.
move her to Gitmo. I hear they have an empty cage there.
They showed no compassion, the should receive none.
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.
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....
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?
I wonder where she would go after all these years.
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.
Tell us more about Linda Kasabian.
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.
Maybe she won’t make it to September.
Six months to live,we grant you your parole next June.
She was evil and stupid. Her fate has been determined on this earth.
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.
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...
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.
Give her a steel fork and tell her to stick it.
Too bad her original death sentence wasn’t carried out. I wouldn’t let this woman out no matter how sick she gets.