Manson Follower Atkins Denied Release
California’s parole board has denied the release of convicted murderer and Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins. Atkins is dying of brain cancer, and doctors say she has less than six months to live.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
In the summer of 1969, a group of people led by Charles Manson murdered nine people in four different locations.
Among the Manson followers arrested, charged and convicted for the murders was Susan Atkins. She’s now serving a life sentence, and had previously been denied parole 12 different times.
But this hearing was different. It came because of a California law that allows the parole board to release a prisoner early if they’ve been diagnosed with a terminal illness, like Atkins.
More than 20 people testified at Tuesday’s hearing, both for and against Atkins. In the end, the board did not grant her release.