Susan Atkins has been in prison longer than any other female in California. She is a murderer and notorious as a member of the Manson Family whose crimes were horrific. She is now asking for compassionate release from prison because she is dying. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.

Susan Atkins was convicted and imprisoned in 1971 for the Tate-LaBianca murders in the summer of 1969. She originally was sentenced to death, but that sentence was converted to a life sentence in 1972 when the California Supreme Court ruled the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. She has been up for parole 11 times and denied parole each time.

Atkins has now asked for a compassionate release from prison because the Manson Girl is dying of brain cancer. She’s been in the prison infirmary since March 18th and is in serious condition. Its been reported that she’s had one of her legs amputated and she’s been told she has less than six months to live. Reports are that the prison has approved her release. Even Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor on the case, has said he doesn’t have an objection to her being released under the circumstances.

Sharon Tate’s sister cited Atkins’ lack of compassion for her victims:

“I don’t want to seem like a heartless creature, but in all my years, I never considered this could happen,” Debra Tate, the actress’ sister, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

“She showed no compassion. She told my sister as she slit her throat that she didn’t (care) for her or her unborn baby,” Tate added.

Its hard to imagine any of the Manson Family being released for any reason. Aside from Charles Manson himself, Susan Atkins was one of the most deadly, vicious and heartless members of the Manson Family.

7.15.2008 UPDATE: Susan Atkins was denied parole. The parole board voted unanimously today to deny parole requests that would allow ‘compassionate release’ so that Atkins could die at home rather than in prison. The parole boards decision is final but another request can be filed. She’ll still be out of prison before the other Manson Family members. She just won’t make it out alive.

Susan Atkins Biography

Susan Denise Atkins was born on May 7, 1948 in San Gabriel, California. She is 60-years-old. She was raised in and around Santa Clara, California. She had a very difficult childhood and many have speculated that her childhood traumas were at least in part a precipitating factor in her joining the Mason family as a teenager. Her parents were Edward John Atkins and Jeanette Jett Atkins. Susan had an older brother, Michael, and a younger brother, Steven. Both of her parents were alcoholics. Her mother died of cancer when Susan was 14-years-old. The mother’s illness depleted the family financially.

After her mother’s death, her father began drinking more heavily and moving the family from place to place looking for work. She has claimed that her older brother and his friends sexually molested her. Her brother, Michael, told her he brought his friends to her so that they could learn about girls. She has also claimed that she was sexually molested by her father’s friends.

Susan’s father eventually abandoned her and her younger brother, Steven. Susan worked during her junior year of high school to support herself and Steven. She says she became a thief to help support herself and her brother and began to like the excitement of stealing. She dropped out of school and made her way to San Francisco where she began to use various street drugs prolifically and made a living as a topless go-go dancer. It was in San Fransisco that she eventually became one of the many lost girls who were taken in by Charles Manson.

While Susan Atkins was a member of the Manson family she was known as ‘Sadie Maye Glutz’ and ‘Sexy Sadie’. She gave birth to a baby boy on October 7, 1968 who Manson named Zezozece Zadfrack Glutz. The father of the boy was a University of Mexico student that Susan had met while ‘the family’ was traveling through New Mexico. She lost custody of her son when she was sentenced to death for her part in eight of the nine Tate-LaBianca murders. Her son was 2-years-old at the time. He was adopted and she has never had contact with him again.

Atkins was in jail for another crime when she told her fellow inmates about her involvement in the Tate-LaBianca murders. Her jail house talk led to the arrests of the Manson family members for the crimes. In an attempt to avoid the death penalty, she gave the court an indepth account of the murders, implicating other members of the ‘family’. From that point on, she was ostracized from other ‘family’ members and considered the reason they were captured.

You can read an extended biography of Susan Atkins as well as more information on other Manson Family members and the notorious crimes they committed at The Manson Family Today website.

Susan Atkins – Video