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Published:July 15th, 2008 17:30 EST
Susan Atkins Doesn't Deserve Parole

Susan Atkins Doesn't Deserve Parole

By Robert Paul Reyes

The 60`s was a tumultuous decade: The assassinations of Martin Luther King & The Kennedy brothers, the anti-war and civil rights movements, riots and demonstrations...

But in the midst of all this confusion and anarchy, the flower generation bloomed, promising a new era of peace, enlightenment, and human rights.

But Woodstock morphed into Altamont, and the kids soon stopped wearing flowers in their hair.

Nothing quite symbolizes the degeneration of peace and love into nihilism and despair like the Charles Manson murders of 1969. Almost four decades later, and the Manson murders still conjure fear and disgust.

It seems everyone it aware of at least the bare outline of these horrific murders: Manson and his dopey but lethal followers were convicted of seven murders in a bloody o*gy of violence in the Los Angeles area over two nights in 1969. Actress Sharon Tate, was almost 9 months pregnant when she and four others were butchered at her home in Benedict Canyon.

One of Charlie Manson`s followers in now up for parole:

"The California Parole Board is being urged to deny early prison release for former Manson family member Susan Atkins, who has terminal cancer, papers show.

Officials will consider whether to give Atkins a so-called compassionate release, saying it will cost the state more than $1.2 million to provide medical care and security for the convicted murderer following her brain cancer diagnosis in March."

Quotation from UPI

Susan Atkins has already been punished for decades behind bars, she is now 60 and has only a few more months to live, shouldn`t she be released so she can spend her last days with her friends and family?


I`m originally from California and I am well acquainted with the savagery of the Manson family. When the pregnant Sharon Stone begged for her life, Atkins responded that she no pity for her. When details of the gruesome murders were presented during the court trial, Atkins burst out laughing.

Let`s not forget that Atkins was sentenced to die by the judge and jury that heard all the facts. But the death sentence was later overturned and changed to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Atkins robbed Sharon Tate of the chance to die from natural causes surrounded by friends and family. Atkins doesn`t deserve to die in the presence of family and friends, she should waste away in prison in the company of fellow criminals.

I still believe in the summer of love, and I still believe that one sweet day the 60`s promise of love and brotherhood of man will come to fruition. We can hasten the coming of that peaceful kingdom by diligently punishing those who represent evil and stand in the way of progress and enlightenment.