It may seem strange that I am posting this here, but I read and reviewed Helter Skelter and so I felt it was appropriate to post this here as this is the kind of fact that would be included in a reprinting of the book.

Also I have not posted anything here in a while and wanted to let people know I am still around. HA HA

I didn’t post the whole article, but I included the link if you are interested.

“(CNN) — Susan Denise Atkins, a former member of the Manson family who killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate during a two-day killing spree in 1969, has died, according to a California corrections spokesman. She was 61.

Atkins died at 11:46 p.m. PT Thursday (2:46 a.m. Friday ET) at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, said Terry Thornton with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Atkins, California’s longest-serving female inmate, was suffering from terminal brain cancer. Since she entered prison in 1971, she became a born-again Christian who worked to help at-risk youth, victims of violent crimes and homeless children, among others, according to a Web site maintained by her attorney and husband, James Whitehouse.

But Atkins was best known for her actions in 1969 when as a 21-year-old she and other Manson family members participated in seven murders over two days, a rampage that terrorized Los Angeles.

By her own admission, Atkins held Tate, who was the eight months’ pregnant, down as the 26-year-old actress pleaded for mercy, stabbing her 16 times. In a 1993 parole board hearing, Atkins said Tate “asked me to let her baby live. … I told her I didn’t have any mercy on her.”

After stabbing Tate to death, Atkins — known in the family as Sadie Mae Glutz — scrawled the word “pig” in blood on the door of the home Tate shared with her husband, director Roman Polanski, according to historical accounts of the murders.
Polanski was not home at the time, but three of Tate’s houseguests — Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring and Voytek Frykowski — were killed. Also slain was teenager Steven Parent, who was visiting the home’s caretaker in his cottage out back.

All of those involved — Manson, Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles “Tex” Watson — were convicted in connection with the five deaths that night and the killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the following night. Atkins also was convicted in the earlier murder of music teacher Gary Hinman.

They were all sentenced to death. But their sentences were automatically commuted to life in prison when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the nation’s death penalty laws in 1972.

Atkins’ brain cancer was diagnosed in March 2008, Whitehouse wrote on his Web site. On May 15, 2008, doctors predicted she would live less than six months. But she passed that deadline, he wrote, and celebrated her 21st wedding anniversary on December 7.

In July 2008, Atkins requested a “compassionate release” from the California Board of Parole Hearings. It was denied by unanimous decision. Her request was opposed by Tate’s sister, Debra, Los Angeles County prosecutors and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others.

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Atkins gave birth to a son while living at Spahn Ranch, an old movie set, with other members of the Manson family. While she was on death row, she wrote, he was legally taken from her because no one in her family was willing to raise him.

“His name and identity have been changed and sealed, so I have no idea where he is or how he is doing,” she wrote. “I have since been told his name was changed to Paul, and whether or not that is true I like it. … My continuing separation from my son, even after all these years, remains an incredibly poignant and enduring loss.”

Ironically, Sharon Tate planned to name her unborn son Paul. The gravestone bears the inscription Paul Richard Polanski.”


About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

4 responses

  1. Fiona Robyn says:

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  2. Arielle says:

    This was an interesting post! I never heard about this tragedy before and I might have to read this book.

  3. Sherri says:

    I remember reading Helter Skelter. What a terrible, terrible tragedy. Poor Sharon Tate and all those other people that were murder. I read about Atkins dying from brain cancer and thinking in a way justice was served.

  4. DeSeRt RoSe says:

    I loved this info post, made me go do some searching.. It’s good she dies in prison, I feel she deserves what she got for not having mercy on a pregnant woman and her child although she had a child of her own.
    Thanks for your update, I’ll have to read this book too 🙂 I’m interested!