Susan Atkins
Convicted murderer
Susan Atkins
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.
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Former Manson Family Member Patricia Krenwinkel Seeks Parole For 1969 Killings
Huffington Post - 3 months
Former Charles Manson cult member Patricia Krenwinkel appeared before a parole board Thursday for the 14th time — 47 years after she helped stab to death pregnant actress Sharon Tate and kill six other people in Los Angeles. Krenwinkel, 69, claimed at her previous parole hearing in 2011 that she is a changed woman since the gruesome series of murders in 1969.  47 years after helping kill actress Sharon Tate & 6 others, ex-Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel is up for parole https://t.co/Wk2sV5y4Bv pic.twitter.com/gyleVPTyEB — AP West Region (@APWestRegion) December 29, 2016  “Ms. Krenwinkel is fully aware of the difficulty she faces,” her attorney, Keith Wattley, told The Associated Press in an email. “But California law officially recognizes a person’s capacity to change and to address the factors that contributed to their previous behavior so that they can safely be paroled.” Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra Tate, said before the hearing held at the Calif ...
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Ex-soldier sues Ministry of Defence for alleged failure to tackle bullying
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Former army private Joseph McCabe says he tried to kill himself five times after receiving death threats and constant abuse A former British private is suing the Ministry of Defence over allegations the army allowed severe bullying which led to him attempting to take his own life five times. said that he received death threats and was stabbed in the leg at the height of constant abuse centred on his stutter but that officers laughed off the threats and no one was punished. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that while on tour in Iraq someone held a knife to his throat and told him: "You've got until the end of the tour to kill yourself. If not, accidents happen." Requests to transfer out of his regiment were denied with no reasons given and psychiatrists to whom he was sent after five attempts to take his own life on camp said there was nothing wrong with him. He is taking civil legal action against the Ministry of Defence for its alleged failure to act and is appealing agains ...
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Sharon Tate: Unwitting victims’ rights martyr
Salon.com - almost 4 years
ROSIE BLANCHARD BEGAN SENDING Mother’s Day cards to Doris Tate in the 1990s, even though the two women had never met. One day in August, Blanchard trekked to the Tate family house for the first time; P.J., Doris’s husband, answered the door. “Hi,” Blanchard said cheerfully. “I’m your daughter, Sharon.” Footer: This was, of course, untrue. P.J. and Doris’s oldest daughter, Sharon, had been stabbed to death by members of the Manson Family two decades earlier, just weeks before she was due to give birth. P.J. Tate slammed the door in Blanchard’s face, but the young woman continued to pester the family for attention. In her mind, this was perfectly justifiable: she was Sharon Tate reincarnated, she told anyone who’d listen, and she just wanted to reconnect with her family. Years later, after Doris’s death, Blanchard turned her attentions to Sharon’s youngest sister, Patti. Patti tolerated the harassment for years, until she was diagnosed with cancer. As Alisa Statman writes in Restl ...
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Calif. governor to rule on ex-Manson follower
Fox News - about 4 years
California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to decide Friday whether a former Charles Manson follower will be released on parole after serving more than 40 years in prison. Bruce Davis would be only the second Manson related murder defendant to be granted parole since Manson's murder spree began in 1969. He was not involved in the notorious Sharon Tate-LaBianca killings but was convicted with Manson and others in the murders of a musician and a stuntman. Steve Grogan, another participant in those murders, was released many years ago after he agreed to lead police to where the bodies were buried on a remote movie ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Davis was 30 when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1972, in the case that was a postscript to Manson's notorious reign as leader of the murderous communal cult known as the Manson family. Davis long maintained that he was a bystander in the killings of the two men, but ...
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Lawyer reportedly claims in decades-old tape Charles Manson may have murdered more
Fox News - about 4 years
A attorney for one of the members of the notorious Manson family said decades ago the group's leader Charles Manson committed more murders, according to a report. MyFoxLA.com reports Bill Boyd, who represented Manson family member and convicted murderer Charles "Tex" Watson, said Watson told him Manson had committed other murders besides the 1969 killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.  "He told me about a bunch of other people Manson had killed," Boyd said of Watson. Boyd reportedly made the comments in an interview with an author about the murders, and MyFoxLA.com  recently received an audiotape of the interview.  Boyd also says on the tape Watson did not implicate himself, saying the murders Watson allegedly spoke of were unrelated to the ones Watson was involved in. Boyd, who died in 2009, said he had over 20 hours of recordings of interviews with Watson. MyFoxLA.com reports the LAPD is now seeking to get the tapes, which are tied up in Texas bankruptcy court ...
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California panel recommends parole for Charles Manson follower
Fox News - over 4 years
A former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years in a double murder engineered by Manson won a recommendation of parole Thursday in his 27th appearance before a parole board panel. Bruce Davis, convicted with Manson and another man in the killings of a musician and a stuntman, was not involved in the infamous Sharon Tate murders in 1969. The answer to his plea for freedom came on the eve of his 70th birthday. He was a young man of 30 when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1972 in a case that was a postscript to Manson's notorious reign as leader of the murderous communal cult known as the Manson family. Davis long maintained he was a bystander in the killings of the two men, but in recent years he acknowledged his shared responsibility because he was present. The hearing was held at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo, where Davis is imprisoned. His release was opposed by a Los Angeles prosecutor and by a former Manson family member, Barbara Hoyt, ...
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Manson family member seeks parole after 40 years
Fox News - almost 5 years
A former Charles Manson follower who was on the brink of release from prison two years ago before then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger intervened goes before another parole board panel Wednesday. Bruce Davis is serving life sentences for two 1969 slayings, although he was not involved in the infamous murders by Manson followers of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles. Wednesday's hearing at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo will be his 27th parole hearing. While incarcerated, he earned a master's degree in religion and a doctorate in philosophy of religion, became a born-again Christian in prison and ministered to other inmates. He also married a woman he met through the prison ministry and has a grown daughter. But the Los Angeles prosecutor who has argued repeatedly to keep all Manson Family members behind bars has said that Davis, who has been in prison for 40 years, still isn't ready for release. "We feel he is not fully rehabilitated," Deputy Di ...
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Manson likely a no show for his parole hearing
Blue Ridge Now - almost 5 years
CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — Debra Tate hopes that Wednesday is the last time she has to walk into a prison holding Charles Manson and argue in front of a parole board panel that he should not be freed. For four decades the sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate has traveled to whatever rural California prison has held the notorious cult leader and his band of murderous followers for hearings she says are too numerous to count. "I've tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose," says the 59-year-old Tate, who was 17 in August 1969, when Manson sent his minions across LA on two nights of terror. "I've been doing it for Sharon and the other victims of him for the last 40 years." The parole hearing at Corcoran State Prison in Central California, Manson's 12th, could be the last one for the aging mass murderer. Manson, now a gray-bearded, 77-year-old, has sent word that he doesn't plan to attend what might be his final chance to ask for fr ...
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San Francisco: One of my favorite cities
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - about 5 years
The Oscars were outstanding – a return to glamour and traditions, but I wanted The Help to win everything. San Francisco This has been one of my very favorite destinations since the 1960s. Yes, those hippie years were outrageous and, of course, I wore both bell bottoms and mini skirts (with high go go boots). A very special thank you to Mark Dean of C-Two Hotels who hosted my stay. The Hotel Fusion is a fabulous boutique hotel. I was in San Francisco for the annual Jose Julio Sarria Honors, named after the 88-year-old World War II veteran and first openly gay candidate (1961) to run for an elected office in North America. Since Jose could not be in attendance because of failing health I had the honor to present the awards to a police officer, high school principal, businesspeople, GLBT parents and charity fundraisers. It was great to see my good friends Sen. Mark Leno and City Treasurer Joe Cisneros and was flattered to get a welcome to ...
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Grieving Kin Endure Pain Of Fighting For the Dead
NYTimes - over 5 years
SAN DIEGO -- The other day, at the sprawling state prison here, Linda and Alfred Tay sat in a cramped, windowless room, just feet from the man serving time for murdering their son. Quarters are close at parole hearings. They listened as the inmate made his case for parole. And then, exercising their rights as victims under California law, the Tays
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Kids learn lots at Educamp in Rowland Heights - San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
In fact, that's why Susan Atkins founded Educamp. The veteran teacher of 30 years saw a need for academic enrichment in the summer. "We want to keep learning fresh in their minds, so they get a good start on the new school year," Atkins explained
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El criminal Charles Manson - Listín Diario
Google News - over 5 years
La noche del 8 de agosto de 1969, Charles Watson , Patricia Krenwinkel , Susan Atkins y Linda Kasabian entraron en la residencia 10050 de Cielo Drive de Beverly Hills, California, y las acólitas de Manson mataron salvajemente a Sharon Tate,
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Newsweek editor: I don't get it, what's wrong with our Bachmann cover? - Hot Air
Google News - over 5 years
You know the answer by now; my gut reaction when I first saw it was that she looked like Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel were holding hands with her out of frame. But this is nothing new for Brown. She's been baiting readers with heavy-handed
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Se cumplen 42 años de los asesinatos de Charles Manson - Diario Hoy (Argentina)
Google News - over 5 years
La noche del 9 de agosto de 1969, Charles Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins y Linda Kasabian ingresaron a la residencia número 10050 de Cielo Drive, en Beverly Hills, y cometieron la masacre. Tate, de 26 años, recibió 16 puñaladas
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Maldito Polanski: la vida de Roman en fotos - Revista Cinemania
Google News - over 5 years
Dos semanas antes de que Sharon diera a luz, parte de la Familia Manson (Susan Atkins, Charles Manson, Charles Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel y Linda Kasabian) irrumpieron en el 10.050 de Cielo Drive, la que Sharon llamaba “la casa del amor” y asesinaron
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Poniższy tekst jest odpowiedzią na artykuł: - Onet.pl
Google News - over 5 years
Zarówno Susan Atkins, rozpruwająca brzuch Sharon Tate nożem, jak i introwertyczny, nordycki młodzian, o twarzy bobasa, celujący z karabinu do nastolatków, uważali siebie za swoistych depozytariuszy Prawdy Objawionej, za tych, którzy zgotują światu
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Why is the new 'Union-Tribune' Community Editorial Board void of LGBT ... - LGBT Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
I gave Gonzalez the following recommendations: Dr. Delores Jacobs, Bruce Abrams, Ben F. Dillingham, Dwayne Crenshaw, Susan Atkins and Carolina Ramos. I had a conversation with one of the new Community Editorial Board members, Victor Torres,
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SOCIAL SCENE: Ticktockers arrive on charity scene - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Mothers Susan Atkins and Ellie Cunningham were the Senior Presentation co-chairs. Andrea Naverson served as mistress of ceremonies. Rachel Atkins, the president of the class of 2011, put words to the feelings of all of the girls in her speech
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Atkins
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 60
    For the eighteenth and final time, Atkins was denied parole on September 2, 2009.
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    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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  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 59
    On September 24, 2008, Atkins was transferred back to the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, California to the facility's skilled nursing center.
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    In July 2008, Atkins' husband, James W. Whitehouse, told the board, "They tell me we're lucky if we have three months.
    More Details Hide Details It's not going to be fun. It's not going to be pretty." The 11 members of the California Board of Parole Hearings ultimately denied Atkins' request in a unanimous decision after final deliberations. The decision — posted on its Web site — meant the Atkins' request would not be forwarded to the Los Angeles Superior Court that sentenced her, which would have had the final say as to whether or not she would be released.
    Atkins' release hearing took place on July 15, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details During the 90-minute hearing, emotional pleas were made by both supporters and opponents of Atkins' release. The public hearing limited speakers' comments to five minutes each. After the board heard the case (as well as other agenda items), it retired to closed session for final deliberations. Due to her failing health, Atkins herself did not attend the hearing. Debra Tate, the only surviving immediate relative of murder victim Sharon Tate, spoke in opposition to a compassionate release for Atkins, stating, "She will be set free when judged by God. It's important that she die in incarceration." Pam Turner, a niece of Sharon Tate, also opposed Atkins' release, stating, "If she were capable of comprehending what our family's been through, she would be ashamed to come before this parole board and ask such a request." Anthony DiMaria, the nephew of murder victim Thomas Jay Sebring, also opposed Atkins' release, stating, "You will hear various opinions with respect to this today, but you will hear nothing from the nine people who lie in their graves and suffered horrendous deaths at the hands of Susan Atkins."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details One leg had been amputated. Atkins was given less than six months to live and subsequently requested a "compassionate release" from prison. In June, Atkins' attorney, Eric P. Lampel, stated that Atkins' condition had deteriorated to the point that she was paralyzed on one side, could only talk "a little bit", and could not sit up in bed without assistance. Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Atkins, said he was not opposed to her release given her current condition, adding that she had paid "substantially, though not completely, for her horrendous crimes. Paying completely would mean imposing the death penalty." Bugliosi also stated that he supported her release in order to save the state money. The cost for Atkins' medical care since she was hospitalized on March 18, 2008, "has reportedly surpassed $1.15 million with additional cost of over $300,000 to guard her hospital room." Bugliosi stated that he was challenging the notion that "just because Susan Atkins showed no mercy to her victims, we therefore are duty-bound to follow her inhumanity and show no mercy to her." Former prosecutor Stephen R. Kay, who also prosecuted Manson supporters, opposed Atkins' release, stating:Atkins married twice while in prison. For a long time, she got conjugal visits and Sharon Tate and the others were dead and buried long ago. So I think it's a matter of principle that she should not be granted clemency.
  • 2005
    Age 56
    On June 1, 2005, Susan Atkins had her 17th parole hearing.
    More Details Hide Details This hearing was attended by various family members of the victims, such as Debra Tate and members of the Sebring family, and they requested that her parole be denied. She received a four-year denial.
  • 2002
    Age 53
    In 2002, Atkins filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that she was a "political prisoner" due to the repeated denials of her parole requests regardless of her suitability.
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    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details I saw a young woman who giggled, snickered and shouted out insults; even while testifying about my daughter's last breath, she laughed. My family was ripped apart. If Susan Atkins is released to rejoin her family, where is the justice?"
  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1981
    Age 32
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1974
    Age 25
    From 1974 onwards, Atkins stated she was a born-again Christian after seeing a vision of Jesus Christ in her cell.
    More Details Hide Details She became active in prison programs, teaching classes and received two commendations for assisting in emergency health interventions with other inmates, one of which was a suicide attempt.
  • 1972
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1977, Susan Atkins published her autobiography, Child of Satan, Child of God, in which she recounted the time she spent with Manson and the family, her religious conversion, and her prison experiences.
  • 1971
    Age 22
    Atkins was transferred to California's new women's death row in April 1971.
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  • 1970
    Age 21
    Manson, Krenwinkel, Van Houten and Atkins went on trial on June 15, 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Watson was later tried separately as he was at the time in Texas fighting extradition. Kasabian was offered, and accepted, immunity. As Kasabian had not played a direct part in any of the murders and never entered either residence, and by several accounts had challenged Manson over the killings, the offer of immunity to her was less bitterly contested, particularly by the prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi, who commented that he was relieved the offer was withdrawn from Atkins. During the sentencing phase of the trial, Atkins testified that she stabbed Tate. She stated that she had stabbed Tate because she was "sick of listening to her, pleading and begging, begging and pleading". She also denied that Manson had any role in orchestrating the murders. Little credibility was given to Atkins' testimony in general, as it frequently contradicted known facts. Atkins claimed that, "(Manson) told us that we were going to have to get on the stand and claim we had deliberately and remorselessly, and with no direction from him at all, committed all the murders ourselves".
  • 1969
    Age 20
    Atkins agreed to testify for the prosecution in exchange for dropping the death penalty, and she then testified before the grand jury as to what had transpired on the nights of August 8 and 9, 1969.
    More Details Hide Details When asked if she were willing to testify knowing that she was not being given immunity, was not being freed of any of the charges, and might incriminate herself in her trial testimony, she responded, "I understand this, and my life doesn't mean that much to me, I just want to see what is taken care of." Atkins told the grand jury that she stabbed Frykowski in the legs and held Tate down while Watson stabbed her. She also testified that Tate had pleaded for her life and that of her unborn child, to which Atkins replied, "Woman, I have no mercy for you." Her explanation to the grand jury was that this was talking to (convince) herself, and not addressed to Tate as, "I was told before we even got there no matter what they beg don't give them any leeway". She also denied her earlier statement to Howard and Graham that she had tasted Tate's blood.
    On the evening of August 9, 1969, Manson gathered Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel in front of Spahn's Ranch and told them to go with Charles "Tex" Watson and do as they were told.
    More Details Hide Details In Atkins' grand jury testimony, she stated that while in the car, Watson told the group they were going to a home to get money from the people who lived there and to kill them. Five people were murdered at the Beverly Hills home where Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate lived: Tate (who was eight months pregnant), Steven Parent, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, and Abigail Folger. Polanski, Tate's husband, was in Europe finishing work on a film project. Forensic evidence indicated that the murders were brutal. Just prior to leaving the residence, Atkins wrote "PIG" on the front door in Sharon Tate's blood. The following night, August 10, 1969, Manson commented that the murders at the Tate residence had been too messy and announced he'd have to take his followers out and "show them how it's done". Manson called Atkins, Krenwinkel, Watson, Linda Kasabian, Leslie Van Houten, and Steve "Clem" Grogan, and they left Spahn's Ranch. Driving most of the night, he eventually found the home of grocery store owner Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in Los Feliz, a section of northeastern Los Angeles. Manson and Watson entered the home and tied the couple up at gunpoint, winning their compliance by convincing them they were only going to be robbed. He then went back to the car and sent Krenwinkel and Van Houten inside to do as Tex said, once again directing them to leave writings in blood, and to hitchhike back to Spahn's Ranch.
    Manson sent Atkins, Bobby Beausoleil, and Mary Brunner to Hinman's home on July 25, 1969.
    More Details Hide Details When she pleaded guilty to murder, Atkins claimed she didn’t know a crime was going to take place, although she wrote in her 1977 book that she went to Hinman's home to get money and knew that it was possible they were going to kill him. When Hinman insisted he had not inherited any money, Beausoleil beat him severely. When this didn't change Hinman's story, Manson himself showed up, and swung at his head with a sword, slicing his face and severely cutting his ear. Manson directed Atkins and Brunner to stay behind and tend to Hinman's wounds. Two days later, and after a phone call from Manson, Beausoleil had Hinman sign over the registrations to his cars and then fatally stabbed him twice. Beausoleil left a bloody hand print on the wall along with vague revolutionary words reportedly placed there in hopes of implicating the Black Panthers. Beausoleil was arrested on August 7, 1969, when he was found asleep in one of Hinman's vehicles. He was still wearing the bloodstained clothing he wore during the crime. The murder weapon was hidden in the tire well of the car's trunk.
    Her son was adopted and renamed from the time of her incarceration in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details She had no further contact with him. During the summer of 1969, Manson and his commune at Spahn's Ranch were attracting the attention of the police, who suspected them of auto thefts and were suspicious of the high number of underage runaways. In an attempt to raise money to move away to the desert, Manson encouraged drug dealing. Purportedly, a botched drug scam by Family member Charles "Tex" Watson led Manson to confront and shoot a man by the name of Bernard "Lotsapapa" Crowe. Manson believed he had killed Crowe, and he further believed Crowe was a Black Panther. Neither was true. Nonetheless, Manson feared retaliation from the Black Panthers and pressured his followers for more money. During this time someone suggested that an old friend, Gary Hinman, had just inherited a large sum of money. Manson hoped Hinman could be persuaded to join the commune and contribute his purported new inheritance.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Atkins' parental rights were terminated once she was convicted of the murders and no one in her family would assume responsibility for the child.
  • 1967
    Age 18
    In 1967, Atkins met Charles Manson when he played guitar at the house where she was living with several friends.
    More Details Hide Details When the house was raided several weeks later by the police and Atkins was left homeless, Manson invited her to join his group, who were embarking on a summer road trip in a converted school bus painted completely black. She was nicknamed "Sadie Mae Glutz" by Manson and a man who was creating a fake ID for her at the time. Atkins later claimed to have believed Manson was Jesus.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on May 7, 1948.
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