R.I.P. Susan Atkins
Susan Atkins, 61, has died of brain cancer in a California prison hospital.
Atkins was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008 as she neared her fourth decade of incarceration at the California Institute for Women in Corona. The cancer caused paralysis and the loss of one leg.
Convicted of eight murders, Atkins served 38 years of a life sentence, which made her the longest-serving prisoner among women currently held in the state's penitentiaries, said Thornton. That distinction now falls to Patrcia Krenwinkle, who was convicted along with Atkins for the Tate-LaBianca murders
Atkins was serving a sentence of life, not life without parole. She was denied parole for the final time early this month. My view: [More...]
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