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Susan Atkins near death with brain cancer, seeks release from prison

June 13 2008 at 12:04 PM
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Frank Wilkins  (Premier Login spindaddydad)

By Charlotte Porter, L.A. Times

June 13 (Bloomberg) -- Susan Atkins, the Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 37 years for the Tate-LaBianca murders in Southern California, is close to death and being considered for release, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Atkins, 59, who is in a hospital near the California Institute for Women in Corona, has been denied parole 11 times since the two-night spree in 1969 in which the actress Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski, and six other people were killed, the Times said. She was sentenced to life in prison.

California corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton, citing privacy laws, couldn't disclose details of Atkins's illness, although unidentified sources told the Times she had brain cancer and that one leg had been amputated.

Thornton said the parole request must be reviewed by the Corrections Department and then the state Board of Parole, the Times reported. Atkins has spent more time in prison than any other female inmate in California, according to the newspaper.

Atkins was one of cult leader Manson's ``family'' of young killers who burst into a Beverly Hills home and killed Tate, who was more than eight months' pregnant, along with four others. The following night, they stabbed to death Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, a wealthy couple in their Los Angeles home, the newspaper said.

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