i fail to be all torn up about this.

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.)

9 thoughts on “i fail to be all torn up about this.

  1. Me not you says:

    +1 Marko

  2. LabRat says:

    Sexism has some darned odd manifestations sometimes. The treatment of Atkins reeks of “oh, the poor girl was just deluded and dazzled by a man”.

  3. James Foy says:

    You’re nicer than I am. I would have liked to see her denied pain medication from the onset.

  4. Matt says:

    I got what I hoped for her under the circumstances: her leaving that prison feet first. Compassionate release would have been an outrage and I am glad the parole board gave her the smackdown she deserved.

    If someone is getting upset at Atkins’ treatment, they need to take a good, hard look at their values because there is something wrong there. If you’re looking solely at illness as the driver to determine compassion without considering the circumstances of where and why that request is being made, you ought to be in a cage with her. Because there is something wrong with your value system that has blinded you to the monster that she is. Not was, IS.

    That is what Atkins was, a monster. The fact she had 40 odd years to contemplate that fact was a function of our compassion as a society and the Supreme Court at the time. By rights, she should have earned a grave in Potter’s Field a long, long time ago. Right next to Manson and the rest of them.

  5. tjbbpgobIII says:

    After the Supremes took away our right to execute and made it retroactive, I always thought it would have been a good idea to make it retroactive when it became legal again. In some cases I call for retroactive abortion on demand also.

  6. MarkHB says:

    Testing for errors… no errors found.
    I concur.

  7. daddyquatro says:

    “Helter Skelter” is the scariest book I have ever read. There is a profound difference between pretend monsters and the real thing. Susan and the “Family” were the real thing.

  8. I’ll go after the death penalty right after they ban the “life” sentence. “Life” does not equal twenty years and out by 7 at a halfway house because of prison crowding and good behaviour.

    At least after fifty some appeals and a hotline to the governor, you know that when the sentence is carried out for death, you’ll have truth in advertising.

  9. ASM826 says:

    I had the same thought talking about these murders. Yes, the people that committed them should have been executed, but everyone needs to take some responsibility for their own safety. If Sharon Tate had been armed and trained, the outcome would have been very different.

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