So. Susan Atkins was denied a 'compassionate release' from prison.
Cry me a river. I'm struggling to understand why 'there was no basis for this denial' according to one of her attorneys.
Really? Murdering, or rather, stabbing to death, an eight and one-half month pregnant woman is ... forgivable after forty years?
Uh. No. It isn't. Although I'm sure her attorneys want to cry foul, that the parole board is in over their collective heads or didn't want to 'handle this hot potato' ... I'm fairly certain they [the parole board] got it right.
I don't feel an iota of sorry for Susan Atkins. Or her husband. I'm fairly certain that Sharon Tate would love to be alive today, spending time with her grown child or children. I'm fairly certain that Sharon Tate would want to be alive even if she was paralyzed on one side ... and suffering brain cancer, because, if even if she were now on her deathbed with only a few months to live ... she at least would have lived her life.
Call me cold-hearted, heartless, mean. Susan Atkins is right where she belongs. If the family wants privacy to say their goodbyes, let them do so in the hospital or prison infirmary. Susan will be getting more than she deserves.
The State of California will spend more money to defend the current life without parole prison sentence handed down to Susan Atkins and the parole board's denial ... yet another great waste of time and money.
Next Day: I've been reflecting on this post since I clicked the 'save' icon. The thought has crossed my mind that mperhaps I am too harsh, or maybe I'm not seeing the entire picture.
But here's what gets me ... what difference does a compassionate release make to her [SA]? She is in hospital now. It's not likely she'll return to her prison cell if her condition is as grave as it is portrayed ... isn't she already released? Sharon Tate'slast living relative holds Sharon and the memory of that unborn baby close to her heart and continues to live with the tragic and horrendous memories of Sharon's death ... I think a compassionate release would make a large difference in her life.