Manson follower Susan Atkins dead at 61

From Linda Deutch, Associated Press:


LOS ANGELES — Susan Atkins, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson whose remorseless witness stand confession to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969 shocked the world, has died. She was 61 and had been suffering from brain cancer.

Atkins’ death comes less than a month after a parole board turned down the terminally ill woman’s last chance at freedom on Sept. 2. She was brought to the hearing on a gurney and slept through most of it.

California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said that Atkins died late Thursday night. She had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008, had a leg amputated and was given only a few months to live.

She underwent brain surgery, and in her last months was paralyzed and had difficulty speaking. But she managed to speak briefly at the Sept. 2 hearing, reciting religious verse with the help of her husband, attorney James Whitehouse.

She had been transferred to a skilled nursing facility at the California Central Women’s Facility at Chowchilla exactly one year before she died.

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  • Chris Brown

    I hope she burns krispy style in hell….

  • Anonymous

    yeah lets hope she gets it all .

  • Jan Williams

    At least this is one less murderer whose parole hearings Sharon Tate’s sister will have to worry about attending. It’s unfortunate that the grief and stress imposed on the families by appeals and hearings becomes a life sentence in many cases.

  • Anonymous

    That’s not Susan Atkins on the picture! That’s an actress.


    “She’s gone where the goblins go
    below – below – below. Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing and ring the bells out.”

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