Susan Atkins

Convicted Murderer
Born May 7, 1948

Susan Denise Atkins was a convicted American murderer 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, the "Tate/LaBianca" murders.… Read More

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    Former Manson Family Member Patricia Krenwinkel Seeks Parole For 1969 Killings
    Huffington Post - Dec 30, 2016
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    Guardian (UK) - Feb 08, 2014
  • Sharon Tate: Unwitting Victims’ Rights Martyr - Apr 02, 2013
  • Calif. Governor To Rule On Ex Manson Follower
    Fox News - Mar 01, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Atkins.


1948 Birth Born on May 7, 1948.


1967 19 Years Old In 1967, Atkins met Charles Manson when he played guitar at the house where she was living with several friends. … Read More


1968 20 Years Old The growing "Manson Family" settled at the Spahn Ranch in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, where, on October 7, 1968, Atkins bore a son by Bruce White, whom Manson named Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz. … Read More
Her son was adopted and renamed from the time of her incarceration in 1969. … Read More
1970 22 Years Old Manson, Krenwinkel, Van Houten and Atkins went on trial on June 15, 1970. … Read More
1971 23 Years Old …  Atkins was transferred to California's new women's death row in April 1971.
1972 24 Years Old Atkins' death sentence was automatically commuted to life in prison the next year following the California Supreme Court's People v. Anderson decision invalidated all death sentences imposed in California prior to 1972. … Read More
1974 26 Years Old From 1974 onwards, Atkins stated she was a born-again Christian after seeing a vision of Jesus Christ in her cell. … Read More
1977 29 Years Old After the Tate/LaBianca trial, Atkins was convicted for the Hinman murder. She pleaded guilty to the charges against her. She testified she had not known Hinman was to be robbed or killed, although she subsequently contradicted herself on this point in her 1977 autobiography.


1981 33 Years Old Atkins married twice while in prison. Her first marriage was to Donald Lee Laisure in 1981: Atkins became the mercurial Laisure's 35th wife, but the two divorced after he sought to marry yet again.
1987 39 Years Old She married a second time, in 1987, to a man fifteen years her junior, James W. Whitehouse, who earned a degree from Harvard Law School and represented Atkins at her 2000 and 2005 parole hearings. … Read More


2000 52 Years Old During Atkins' 2000 parole hearing, Sharon Tate's sister, Debra, read a statement written by their father, Paul, which said in part, "Thirty-one years ago I sat in a courtroom with a jury and watched with others. … Read More
2002 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2002, she told a reporter of her work to discourage teenagers from idolizing Manson and her hope of someday leaving prison to live in Laguna Beach, California.
2005 57 Years Old On June 1, 2005, Susan Atkins had her 17th parole hearing. … Read More


In April 2008, it was revealed that Atkins had been hospitalized for more than a month with an undisclosed illness that was subsequently reported to be terminal brain cancer. … Read More
Prior to her 2009 parole hearing, a website maintained by Atkins' husband claimed that she was paralyzed over 85 percent of her body and unable to sit up or be transferred to a wheelchair.
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