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9/28/09 12:46 P

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9/28/09 12:44 P

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Couldn't have happend to nicer person.Good Riddance!!

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9/28/09 11:00 A

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I heard about this last week, she died on September 23 or 24th.... I believe she was also the one who wanted to go home to die, but was denied.

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LOS ANGELES–Susan Atkins, who committed one of modern U.S. history's most notorious crimes when she joined Charles Manson and his gang for a 1969 killing spree that put her in prison for the rest of her life, has died at the California Central Women's Facility after a battle with brain cancer. She was 61.

Atkins confessed to killing actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski who was hanged and stabbed 16 times; Tate's nearly full-term fetus died with her. The next night, Manson, an aspiring songwriter with an affinity for hallucinogenic drugs and free sex, led Atkins and other followers to break into the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and kill them.

On Jan. 25, 1971, Atkins, along with other "family" members, was convicted of the murders occurring at the home of Sharon Tate and husband Roman Polanski.

Convicted of eight murders, Atkins served 38 years of a life sentence. Although prison staffers and clergy commended Atkins' behaviour during her many years behind bars, she was repeatedly denied parole, with officials citing the cruel and callous nature of her crimes.

"She was the scariest of the Manson girls," said Stephen Kay, who helped prosecute the case. "She was very violent."

Atkins grew up in San Jose, Calif., the middle child of three. When she was 15, her mother died of cancer. Atkins began failing school and her father became an alcoholic who eventually abandoned the family.

Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten and Charles Manson were sentenced to death in 1971. Their sentences, however, were reduced to life imprisonment in 1972 after the death penalty was temporarily abolished in California.

The New York Times notes that Atkins had a son in 1968 who was take away from her and later adopted. Atkins was denied parole 11 times, and married in 1981 to a Texan named Donald Lee Laisure.

Last year Atkins was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent a leg amputation. However, Gordon Hinkle, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections, told the New York Times that Atkins "died of natural causes."

At the time of her death, Atkins was the "longest serving woman in the Californian penal system," Hinkle told the New York Times.

KFSN-TV in Fresno, CA reports that Atkins died at just before midnight on Sept. 24. Her current husband, James Whitehouse, was by her side until the end of visiting hours at 8:00 Thursday night. Over the phone, he told KFSN-TV reporter Sara Sandrik the last word he heard her say was "amen" following a prayer.

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