Despite 18 of 23 witnesses urging her compassionate release California’s Board of Parole Hearings denied convicted killer and Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins, who is dying of brain cancer. Relatives of victims she brutally murdered in the 1960s, insisted that Atkins should serve out her life prison sentence. The gist of those who argued for her to die in prison as sentenced was “you’ll hear nothing from the nine people in their graves who died horrendous deaths at the hands of Susan Atkins.” Atkins was among the Manson “family” members who invaded the home of actress Sharon Tate it was Atkins who stabbed eight and one-half month pregnant Tate 16 times, then “tasted her blood” and wrote the word PIG on the front door in Tate’s blood. Adkins is also implicated in seven other murders.
Atkins, 60 has been denied parole 12 times in the 37 years she has been in prison, and is believed to have six months to live due to a terminal brain cancer.