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June 6, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Last year, doctors diagnosed Susan Atkins with terminal cancer, prompting a failed bid by the Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer to receive a "compassionate release" from state prison. But Atkins, who gained infamy for her role in the 1969 slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and others in a bloody two-night rampage in Los Angeles, may get one last chance to convince state parole officials she should no longer be kept behind bars.
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January 25, 2010 | By Keith Thursby
Aaron Stovitz, the original prosecutor of mass murderer Charles Manson and three female followers who was removed from the trial for comments he made about the case, has died. He was 85. Stovitz died Monday at a Tarzana hospital after a long battle with leukemia, said his daughter, Rhonda Steinberg. Stovitz, who was removed in September 1970 by then-Dist. Atty. Evelle Younger, later said he wasn't bitter over the decision but thought his remark was "innocuous." A 1970 Times story speculated that Stovitz got into trouble for an off-hand remark he made after defendant Susan Atkins testified that she was too ill to continue with the trial.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Susan Atkins, who committed one of modern history's most notorious crimes when she joined Charles Manson and his gang for a 1969 killing spree that terrorized Los Angeles and put her in prison for the rest of her life, has died. She was 61. Atkins was diagnosed in 2008 with brain cancer, which caused paralysis and the loss of one leg. She was receiving medical treatment at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla and entered hospice care in recent days. She died there at 11:46 p.m. Thursday of natural causes, said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
OPINION
October 1, 2009
Obama's hurdles Re "Obama takes Olympic gamble," Sept. 29 I find the phrase "leaving healthcare and foreign issues unresolved" in your front-page article misleading. President Obama is not taking a vacation or resigning his presidency. He's taking a one- day trip to promote not only his hometown but his country as the host of the 2016 Olympic Games. To imply that this means he is ignoring healthcare and foreign policy is just wielding a political ax. The healthcare bill, with which he is intensely involved, and other issues don't go down the drain because he is physically absent, not to mention the fact that he is famously reachable wherever he is. Isaac Weingart Northridge It appears Obama is acting more as the Olympic Committee chairperson rather than our commander in chief.
NEWS
December 21, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Susan Atkins, a follower of Charles Manson who admitted stabbing actress Sharon Tate to death in 1969, was denied parole for the eighth time. A three-member Board of Prison Terms panel decided after a four-hour hearing at the California Institution for Women that the 41-year-old convict will be eligible for another hearing in three years. She is serving a life term.
NEWS
December 21, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Susan Atkins, a follower of Charles Manson who admitted stabbing actress Sharon Tate to death in 1969, was denied parole for the eighth time. A three-member Board of Prison Terms panel decided after a four-hour hearing at the California Institution for Women that the 41-year-old convict will be eligible for another hearing in three years. She is serving a life term.
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December 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
Former Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins was denied parole for the 10th time Thursday, 31 years after the slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others. Atkins, 52, now gray haired, told the parole board that she was remorseful, rehabilitated and determined to make amends for what she did. "I don't have to just make amends to the victims and families," she said softly. "I have to make amends to society. I sinned against God and everything this country stands for."
OPINION
June 18, 2008
To allow Susan Atkins to die at home would be an act of mercy -- but not of justice. By the terms of justice, she forfeited her claim to freedom on an August night in 1969 when she murdered Sharon Tate. Tate begged for her life; Atkins slit her throat and then wrote "PIG" on the front door in the slain woman's blood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
State corrections officials are considering a request by former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer Susan Atkins to be released from prison because of an undisclosed terminal illness. Atkins' initial request for "compassionate release" consideration was made last month after a doctor determined that she had less than six months to live, said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2010 | By Keith Thursby
Aaron Stovitz, the original prosecutor of mass murderer Charles Manson and three female followers who was removed from the trial for comments he made about the case, has died. He was 85. Stovitz died Monday at a Tarzana hospital after a long battle with leukemia, said his daughter, Rhonda Steinberg. Stovitz, who was removed in September 1970 by then-Dist. Atty. Evelle Younger, later said he wasn't bitter over the decision but thought his remark was "innocuous." A 1970 Times story speculated that Stovitz got into trouble for an off-hand remark he made after defendant Susan Atkins testified that she was too ill to continue with the trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Susan Atkins, who committed one of modern history's most notorious crimes when she joined Charles Manson and his gang for a 1969 killing spree that terrorized Los Angeles and put her in prison for the rest of her life, has died. She was 61. Atkins was diagnosed in 2008 with brain cancer, which caused paralysis and the loss of one leg. She was receiving medical treatment at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla and entered hospice care in recent days. She died there at 11:46 p.m. Thursday of natural causes, said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2008 | Hector Becerra and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
For more than 90 minutes, supporters of Manson family killer Susan Atkins had the floor, painting for parole board members a picture of a remorseful, changed woman who should be released on compassionate grounds. They spoke Tuesday of her imminent death but also about her "incredibly superhuman" record in prison, about how the young woman who had killed so wantonly decades ago had become a loving aunt and friend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
A growing chorus of prosecutors and other critics is urging state prison officials to reject former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer Susan Atkins' request for "compassionate release" because of a terminal illness. A state board will take up the issue today. Corrections officials say the state has spent more than $1.4 million providing medical care and security for Atkins since her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer in March. The state Board of Parole Hearings has received about 100 letters, most of them opposing her release.
OPINION
June 18, 2008
To allow Susan Atkins to die at home would be an act of mercy -- but not of justice. By the terms of justice, she forfeited her claim to freedom on an August night in 1969 when she murdered Sharon Tate. Tate begged for her life; Atkins slit her throat and then wrote "PIG" on the front door in the slain woman's blood.
OPINION
June 17, 2008
Re "Tables turn as a brutal killer asks for mercy," June 14 There are some crimes that are so egregious that there can be no mercy for their perpetrators. Susan Atkins' coldblooded murder, with a knife, of a mother who begged for the life of her unborn child is one such crime. There is a special circle in hell for Atkins. Perhaps dying of brain cancer in a cold prison cell is just a small taste of what's to come. Kristina Nielsen-Morris Agoura Hills -- We need to reevaluate our priorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2008 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
On an infamous summer night in 1969, young followers of Charles Manson entered a Benedict Canyon mansion and murdered five people gathered on the compound. Actress Sharon Tate, 8 1/2 months pregnant with the son of director Roman Polanski, begged one of the knife-wielding killers to spare her life. The attacker was Susan Atkins, and her response was cold and unequivocal. "She asked me to let her baby live," Atkins told parole officials in 1993. "I told her I didn't have mercy for her."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1987
The focus of your article on the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Constitution (Sept. 28) should have been on all the people who participated in the show and why they participated. Yes, it is true that the Starlight Amphitheatre was not filled to capacity. But it is also true that it was one of the largest crowds that has been up there for years. It is also true that, as Mayor Michael Hastings pointed out, it was a great show. It was he who conceived and promoted the event.
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