SU­SAN ATKINS

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA -

Died in pri­son in 2009

Atkins, a for­mer top­less dancer who be­came one of Manson’s clos­est dis­ci­ples, died in pri­son in 2009 at the age of 61.

Atkins, called the “scari­est of the Manson girls” by a for­mer pros­e­cu­tor, con­fessed to killing Tate, who was preg­nant and was stabbed 16 times as she pleaded with the killers to spare her un­born son. She was then hanged.

At sen­tenc­ing, where Atkins was con­demned to death, she taunted the court, say­ing, “You’d best lock your doors,” and “watch your own kids.”

Her sen­tence was later con­verted to life in pri­son.

In pri­son, Atkins em­braced Chris­tian­ity and apol­o­gized for her role in the crimes, and the pri­son staff ad­vo­cated un­suc­cess­fully for her re­lease in 2005. She was de­nied pa­role 13 times.

She mar­ried twice while in pri­son. Atkins was di­ag­nosed with brain can­cer in 2008, and ap­pealed to pri­son and pa­role of­fi­cials for com­pas­sion­ate re­lease, but the state pa­role board de­nied the re­quest.

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