Dear news media: Susan Atkins was only technically speaking an “ex-Manson follower.” That term makes her sound like a naughty groupie. More accurately, she was a murdering sociopath who knifed a woman who was eight months pregnant, killing her and the child she was carrying, and then scrawling the word PIG in her blood on the front door of her house.
The only troubling thing about Susan Atkins’ death is the fact that it came almost forty years too late. She should have been strapped to the chair in the gas chamber at San Quentin back in the early 1970s, after her rightful conviction.
If I had been on her parole board, I would have told her that I supported her request for compassionate release…just as soon as Sharon Tate and her murdered child got a compassionate release from being dead.
I’m not a huge fan of the death penalty in general, but some people turn rabid on occasion…and just like a rabid dog, you have to remove them from civilized society, for your sake and theirs. (Ideally, of course, Susan Atkins should have caught two to the brisket from a .38 snubbie in Sharon Tate’s hand that night.)