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The Region : Atkins Parole Bid Denied

January 01, 1986

Susan Denise Atkins, the former Charles Manson disciple convicted in the 1969 cult slayings of actress Sharon Tate and seven others, was denied parole for a sixth time and told that she cannot reapply for three years. Joseph Aceto, one of a three-member Board of Prison Terms panel meeting at the California Institution for Women at Frontera, told Atkins that she poses an unreasonable risk and danger to society if released. A psychiatric report concluding that Atkins continues to show strong antisocial traits was cited by the panel in rejecting her bid for freedom. A tearful Atkins had earlier told the board, "I know today I'm a decent human being. . . . I'm not the same drug-crazed young girl that entered this institution."

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