From the Associated Press:
Susan Atkins, the terminally ill Charles Manson follower who admitted stabbing actress Sharon Tate 40 years ago, lost what was likely to be her last bid for freedom Wednesday.
Atkins, who suffers from brain cancer, slept through most of the four-hour hearing during which her husband-lawyer pleaded for her release and families of victims of the Sharon Tate-Labianca killings urged that she be kept behind bars until she dies.
Atkins, 61, had been expected to die of brain cancer over a year ago but continues to cling to life. She also had a leg amputated.
She was denied compassionate release in July, 2008 after she was diagnosed and given only months to live. Wednesday’s hearing at the Central California Women’s Facility at Chowchilla was her regular parole hearing as a life prisoner.
Jeralyn Merritt disagrees with the parole board:
She is dying of cancer, paralyzed and several years ago had a leg amputated. She’s no threat to society. Susan Atkins was sentenced to life with parole — not life without parole. They are not the same thing.
She stands convicted of the seven Tate-LaBianca murders, one of the most notorious mass murders in California history.
Atkins admitted stabbing Tate to death as Tate begged for her life and that of her unborn son.
I don’t believe in the death penalty but I do believe in life in prison. There is no question of Atkins’ guilt and she should die behind bars along with Charlie, Patricia Krenwinkle, Leslie Van Houten and Tex Watson . She is not a nice little old lady, she is a mass murderer and she forfeited her right to freedom.
BTW – Atkins is staying at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla, California. That’s about 20 minutes south of my hometown.
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