Chowchilla, CA—A parole hearing was held here for former Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins who was present on a hospital gurney. Terminally ill from cancer, Atkins has lost a leg and lays permanently paralyzed.
Atkins confessed to participating in a depraved orgy of stabbing, cutting, killing and horror of 40 years ago in what has been called the Tate-Labianca murders. Atkins has since rejected her former life and became a model prisoner.
Atkins has been incarcerated longer than any other woman after her death sentence was vacated by the US Supreme Court, in Furman vs Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).
I’m lost on the benefit of continued imprisonment of this pathetic and helpless killer. Atkins will never survive to see the parole board ever again.
The only question that remains is can Atkins find redemption and salvation after the monstrous acts of a crazy, drugged kid under the influence of a maniac?
Forgiveness has never surfaced for Atkins from the living that are related to the innocent victims of the Manson Family.
Atkins will soon find out her fate when her own life expires shortly. If there is any truth to the beliefs held by religious teachings that there is a life after death Atkins may yet find her freedom.
The Parole Board came down hard on Atkins with a unanimous decision to deny parole. The denial of parole for Atkins sends a clear message to the rest of the Manson Family members that they can count on dying behind bars too.