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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Manson Follower Susan Atkins Denied Release

Life's a bitch, huh Sadie?

CHOWCHILLA, Calif. — 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."

"I have no compassion for you, bitch." Susan Atkins, August 1969, to Sharon Tate as she and her baby were murdered.

...Atkins, 61, had been expected to die of brain cancer over a year ago but miraculously continues to cling to life. She was denied compassionate release in July 2008 after she was diagnosed and given only months to live...

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