#1 Susan Atkins wants to go home to die.06-16-2008, 06:32 PM
Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and confined to state prison on a life sentence, the 59-year-old is asking to be released from state prison on "compassionate" grounds.Her request for a compassionate release has already been approved by the California Institution for Women in Corona, where she was housed from April 23, 1971, to March 18 of this year, when she was admitted to a local hospital. But it must also be approved by the state parole board, which will take up the case in coming months.Debra Tate, the only living relative of murder victim Sharon Tate, is opposed to the release. She said, "It is her duty, in order to pay for her crimes, to die in prison."
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