Manson follower Susan Atkins up for parole from Chowchilla prison
08/07/2009 10:25 AM
12/13/2010 9:35 AM
An Associated Press story about the graying of the Manson Family says that convicted killer Susan Atkins, 61, is held at Chowchilla's Central California Women's Facility, where she is dying of brain cancer. A parole hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2.
A Web site maintained by her husband says that Atkins is paralyzed over 85 percent of her body and is unable to sit up in bed. The site encourages visitors to write letters to the California Parole Board to support Atkins' release, four decades after she was convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate.
Though it fails to cite a source, Wikipedia says that Atkins has ties to Merced County. It notes that she lived in Los Banos and attended Los Banos High School while her father, Edward Atkins, was employed in a construction job on the San Luis Dam.
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.