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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: manson; mansonfamily; parole; sharontate; susanatkins
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To: wendy1946

If they need the space, she could share her bunk or give her the needle.


51 posted on 06/06/2009 5:12:17 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Daaave
"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.”

Worth repeating....

52 posted on 06/06/2009 5:14:21 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: jokyfo

The only notable thing my sister said about her was that she seemed to be more normal than anyone else in their group.

I never went to visit her up there, they weren’t exactly my type of people. They were a bunch of druggies and hippies squatting on someone’s land with no running water and no electricity.

I had just spent four years in the Navy...


53 posted on 06/06/2009 5:21:53 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: TaraP

Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto to God that which is God’s.

Right now she is rendering unto Caesar. God gets her when we are done.


54 posted on 06/06/2009 5:22:30 AM PDT by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: Steelfish

Move her out. I’m sure Arnold can find some very young very dangerous bit%h who can fit nicely into her cell. If they weren’t going to execute her this is the next best thing. Her life was poured down a sewer because she was soooooooooo much smarter than everyone else. Now her life is over. Give her a chance to repent reflect and maybe even possibly serve as an example to the next oh sooooo smart young person.


55 posted on 06/06/2009 5:59:10 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Steelfish

I have no compassion for Susan Atkins. Jail is her lifelong home and is where she should stay. I’m only disgusted by the whole Haight-Ashbury culture which centered in San Francisco but which infected the worst part of a generation.


56 posted on 06/06/2009 6:03:15 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: Joe Boucher

I find this to be a difficult issue. I understand and agree with the teachings of Christ on forgiveness. At a personal level we are taught to forgive those “who trespass against us.” In this case Atkins didn’t “trespass” against me, so I am not sure I have the right to forgive her. Only God can forgive her, because her sin was against Him.

However, it is interesting to hear “Christian” arguments from liberals when the issue is about justice and our governmental court system. Little is made of so-called “separation of church and state” in those instances. Funny how that works.


57 posted on 06/06/2009 6:49:57 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: TaraP

So if forgiveness is inevitable, why be good in the first place? Those who show mercy to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful.


58 posted on 06/06/2009 6:59:12 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: NCLaw441

I have heard of a few of Mansons followers who have become Christians and have been model inmates. Others not so much like Manson.
Not for me but as you say GOD to forgive or not.
My big questions are whether to cut the grass or go sailing.
Our founding fathers were quite religious and while not wanting a state religion did not want religion out. Just liberal nonsense.


59 posted on 06/06/2009 7:58:51 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Steelfish

She’s still alive? I thought they said she was dying over a year ago and wanted to be released. I hope she rots in prison.


60 posted on 06/06/2009 8:47:05 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: monocle

Like Doctor Death Jack Kavorkian got out early because of a so-called terminal illness, and still lives today, outside of prison for years now. Susan Atkins just might be pulling a Kevorkian here.


61 posted on 06/06/2009 11:49:56 AM PDT by Scarpetta (e pluribus victim)
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To: Steelfish

FTA - “Atkins petitioned for so-called compassionate release” My suggestion to the Parole Board is to show Atkins the same level of compassion she gave to her victims. She should die a prolonged and intensely painful death in prison.


62 posted on 06/06/2009 12:47:14 PM PDT by jhroberts
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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. That’s aside from the 65% of the people in prisons for “war on drugs(TM)” infractions....

But that’s really beside the point, isn’t it? She was incarcerated for life not because she was dangerous but because she was a murderess and she needed to go to gaol permanently for lifelong punishment.

Now she’s getting that lifelong punishment — good. Proof that the System works.

A more just verdict would have seen her hoist aloft by a noose around her neck and suspended therefrom until she was dead. So she’s already had the benefit of the Court’s clemency.

As to the War on Drugs — I am in favor of that. Most of the people incarcerated for the War on Drugs truly belong in gaol, so with 65% of the prison population attributable to the War on Drugs it too is proof positive that the System works.

If keeping Susan Atkins in gaol until she croaks means that there isn’t enough room for other dangerous people to be incarcerated, the real answer is to either speed up the executions or build more gaols, or both.


63 posted on 06/06/2009 12:54:02 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: karatemom; Yaelle
If you count his parents, who were killed in Nazi death camps, Roman Polanski lost two families in one lifetime.
64 posted on 06/06/2009 12:59:15 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Steelfish

What strikes me when reading this article is that it still not too late to execute Ms. Atkins.


65 posted on 06/06/2009 1:00:08 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: Steelfish

I can only say that NO ONE really KNOWS they have “six months to live”. All she knows that she is alive today and that she has this that or the other medical condition.

She might not make it until tomorrow or she might be alive five years from now.

So the whole premise of the article, and by extension, the hearing, is flawed.


66 posted on 06/06/2009 1:01:26 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: TaraP

She broke Caesar’s law. She is entitled to Caesar’s compassion. And I don’t think Caesar, even in the squishy soft province of California, will offer any more compassion than has already been meted out.


67 posted on 06/06/2009 1:01:40 PM PDT by behzinlea
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To: Borges

Wow - quite chilling when you look at it that way.

Doesn’t excuse what he did but I wouldn’t want to walk a mile in his shoes.


68 posted on 06/06/2009 1:02:21 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Maximum security. It would be best if she were to die in pain, alone.
69 posted on 06/06/2009 1:07:08 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: rlmorel

Before or after the murders?


70 posted on 06/07/2009 10:06:42 PM PDT by Ladycalif (Free - Ramos and Compean)
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To: Steelfish

A year ago they said she had 6 months.


71 posted on 06/07/2009 10:07:31 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Ladycalif

This was after, I believe in the early eighties. Strange, eh?


72 posted on 06/08/2009 2:55:27 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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