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.Susan Atkins should have considered herself very lucky. Originally she received the Death Penalty, and was scheduled to be put to death. In 1972 the California Supreme Court, followed by the US Supreme Court, struck down the Death Penalty and her sentence was commuted to Life in Prison.
Atkins died at the Central California Women's facility in Chowchilla on Thursday night, said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Atkins, who had been receiving medical care at the prison's nursing facility over the past year, died of natural causes, Thornton said. Sources told The Times she had been battling brain cancer. She was pronounced dead at 11:46 p.m.
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Susan Atkins served 38 years of her life sentence and died in prison where she belonged.
Today Susan Atkins is now standing before the Ultimate Judge of us all. There is no appeal for His sentences. And the victims will once again be heard.