Susan Atkins is about to die, and I think it's fitting that it will be in prison. How ironic that her original sentence was the Death Penalty and now, many years later, that is what she'll be receiving.
But the State of California wont be killing her. Her own body is.
Susan Atkins, as most of you are aware, is one of the cold blooded killers from the Manson Family. In 1969 she took part in the brutal murder of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Voyteck Frykowski and Steve Parent. Although Sharon Tate was 8 1/2 months pregnant and begged for the life of her child, Susan Atkins stabbed her to death.
Now that Susan Atkins is dying of brain cancer, she's asking for compassionate release. To be allowed to die among her family. Maybe she feels that her fragile state should give her the right to be free. But she has to remember that Sharon Tate's fragile state didn't offer her any compassion.
Her husband, James Whitehouse, says there is no reason to keep her incarcerated, as her illness has left her so that she cannot even sit up on her own. Her doctors predict she only has a few months left to live.
While her condition is sad, I think that justice has been served.