As part of the infamous, racist and murderous Charles Manson gang of the late 60's, Susan Atkins shot to death a pregnant woman (Sharon Tate) and took part in numerous other acts of mayhem that led to the death of at least 9 people. Well, some 37 years later, after getting her death sentence commuted to life in prison and being denied parole numerous times (thanks in part to the pleas coming from relatives of the Manson gang's victims), Atkins is now begging the California penal system for a "compassionate release" due to the terminal cancer that's struck her recently, causing her to have six months to live:
Former Manson family member Susan Atkins has requested a "compassionate release" from prison because she has less than six months to live, a California prisons spokeswoman said Friday.
Atkins, 60, was convicted in the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and four others. She had been incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California.
But Atkins, the state's longest- serving female inmate, has been hospitalized since March 18 and is listed in serious condition, state corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. Because of privacy laws, Thornton would not disclose the nature of Atkins' illness.
Atkins' husband and attorney, James Whitehouse, was quoted as saying she has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, according to a blog called Manson Family Today. She also has had a leg amputated, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday, citing sources close to the case.
The compassionate release request has been approved by the prison, which conducted an evaluation, and is under corrections department review, Thornton said.
Of course, some "screw the victims, it's the criminals we care about" liberals are taking up Atkins cause arguing that she's been rehabilitated and "found God" while ignoring the heinous nature of her crimes, Atkins commuted life-in-jail sentence, the feelings of relatives to the victims and the fact that Atkins' has never showed any remorse for her brutal acts. Bottom line, no matter what her current status is, the state of California should show Susan Atkins the same amount of compassion she showed for her victims . . . none. And let her ass die there.