Convicted murderer and former Charles Manson family member, Susan Atkins (C), lies on a moveable bed beside her husband and attorney James Whitehouse (R) as she recites the 23rd Psalm as her statement during her parole hearing at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California September 2, 2009. Atkins was again denied parole, remaining the longest-incarcerated female inmate in the California penal system
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 Wednesday.
Atkins, who suffers from brain cancer, slept through most of the four-hour hearing 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 â€” one of the few in which Atkins opened her eyes â€” 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 1/2 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.”
Another of the speakers was Anthony DiMaria, a nephew of the slain Jay Sebring, who said that the trips to the parole hearing for his family members “send us back to hell year after year.”
“I’m not here for Susan Atkins,” he said. “I’m here for Jay Sebring. The only hatred I feel is for the crime.”
DiMaria reacted angrily to a suggestion by Whitehouse that the commissioners should consider the cost to the state of housing Atkins at a time when she requires constant medical care. Whitehouse said it was costing $17,000 a month for her care.
“We are not here to balance the state budget,” DiMaria said. “We are here because Susan Atkins sent nine people to their death.”
Justice again was served. Susan Atkins SHOULD serve the rest of her life in prison.
Just as a reminder as to what SHE did:
Remember Susan Atkins famously told a sobbing and begging Sharon Tate prior to her murder and mutilation, â€œLook bitch, I have no mercy for you.â€
Look BITCH, the people of California have NO MERCY for you.
Here is video from a local Los Angeles news outlet on the parole hearing:
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