The courts decided to keep Susan Atkins in prison today. We agree with the Tate Family...Ms Atkins was sentenced to life in prison and she will die behind bars. She deserves no mercy for the horrific crimes she committed. Neither do Patty or Leslie. They need to both stay right where they are..in prison.
From the News today:
Terminal Manson Follower Denied Freedom
Susan Atkins, 61, Will Now Likely Die of Brain Cancer In Jail for 1969 Killing of Pregnant Actress
Atkins wheeled into the courtroom HERE
(AP) 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.
Atkins, who suffers from brain cancer, slept through most of the four-hour hearing Wednesday 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.
In a dramatic moment — one of the few in which Atkins opened her eyes — Atkins' husband, James Whitehouse, led her through a recitation of the 23rd Psalm, with Atkins concluding in a strong voice, "My God is an amazing God."
Debra Tate, sister of the actress who was 8 months pregnant when she was killed, told the parole commissioners that she would have a 40-year-old nephew if her sister had lived. She said of Atkins, "I will pray for her soul when she draws her last breath, but until then I think she should remain in this controlled situation."
Parole commissioner Tim O'Hara said that he and the other commissioner who presided over the hearing, Jan Enloe, based their decision heavily on the "atrocious nature" of the 1969 killings and said that Atkins never fully understood the magnitude of her crimes.
O'Hara said Atkins would be not be eligible for parole for another three years.
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 one of her required periodic parole hearings as a life prisoner. She stands convicted of the seven Tate-LaBianca murders, one of the most notorious mass murders in California history.
The gruesome murders that made the Manson cult infamous were discovered on Aug. 9, 1969, when a maid ran screaming from the home shared by Tate and her husband, director Roman Polanski. Read FULL STORY HERE