June 20, 2008
Official recommends Manson follower stay in prison
The Associated Press
The state director of adult prisons is recommending that former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer Susan Atkins be denied a compassionate release because of terminal illness.
A prison spokeswoman says director Suzan Hubbard made the decision Wednesday.
Officials at the California Institution for Women where the 60-year-old Atkins was held for decades before a recent move to the hospital to treat her brain cancer had recommended that she be released to die in the care of her family.
Hubbard’s recommendation is only advisory.
The Board of Parole Hearings must decide whether to take up Atkins’ case, and her original sentencing court in Los Angeles County would make the final decision on her release.
Atkins confessed to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate during a murderous rampage with other Manson followers in 1969.