Saturday, September 24, 2011

Susan Atkins - Manson Family Murderer Died in Prison 2009

Susan Denise Atkins (May 7, 1948 – September 24, 2009) was a convicted American murderess who was a member of the "Manson family," led by Charles Manson. Manson and his followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations in California, over a period of five weeks in the summer of 1969. Known within the Manson family as Sadie Mae Glutz, Atkins was convicted for her participation in eight of these killings, including the most notorious, "Tate/LaBianca" murders. She was sentenced to death, which was subsequently commuted to life in prison. Incarcerated from October 1, 1969 until her death, Atkins was the longest-incarcerated female inmate in the California penal system, having been denied parole 18 times.

Susan Atkins died on September 24, 2009, at the Central California Women's facility in Chowchilla. A prison spokesperson announced to reporters that her death was due to natural causes. Her husband, James Whitehouse, subsequently released the following statement:

"Susan passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and loved ones and the incredible staff at the Skilled Nursing Facility at the Central California Women's Facility ... Her last whispered word was 'Amen.' No one (on) the face of the Earth worked as hard as Susan did to right an unrightable wrong."


  1. What a luxury to die with your loved ones present! If this person (I find it too difficult to use the descriptor "woman") really wanted to make a statement she could have died without such comfort - like her victims. I'm sure that her "hard work" was nothing compared to how her victims families lived day, after day, with loss and pain. One positive thing to consider; her victims will never have to meet her in heaven!

  2. No-one knows whether or not Susan Atkins made it right with God or not. That is not for any of us to judge. She could have asked for forgiveness and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior before she died. I am not condoning what she did, but, we are not the ones who should be judging her !!!

  3. On this earth we do have a legal reckoning to judge people if they should continue to live among us - or not. Atkins, by her own admission of guilt declared herself unfit for freedom in our midst. Maybe God let her "make it right" with him/her, but there was no way on earth that she could make it right with her victims as they were dead.

  4. CORRECTION: I should have identified the person in question as "Ms. Glutz," the persona Atkins adopted by choice.