Source:The Daily Press
“Stan Atkinson interviews Susan Atkins”
From Mike Atkinson
“Puh-leaze RATE AND SUBSCRIBE! Five stars! (PS at 1.34 it makes a sudden loud noise. You may want to turn your speakers down sorry about that.)”
Source:Rachel Wicca– Manson Family soldier and convicted murderer Susan Atkins, being interviewed by Sacramento journalist Mike Atkinson, in 1976.
From Rachel Wicca
“I believe this part is bonus. Hope you guys like it!”
Source:Rachel Wicca– Sacramento journalist Mike Atkinson interviewing serial murderer Charles Manson, in 1976.
From Rachel Wicca
KCRA-TV News (Sacramento, California) journalist Stan Atkinson interviewing Susan Atkins who was one of Charles Manson’s solders in his Manson Family in the 1960s, which was really a crime family, as well as a cult.
Susan Atkins represents what can happen when people who are not sure where they are going in life, perhaps somewhat lost and need to and is term is used over and over, but to find themselves. Perhaps take a trip to Europe after high school or something. The way Susan Atkins life turned out, probably doesn’t happen that way if she never meets Charlie Manson. Not to excuse Susan’s role in the vicious crimes of Sharon Tate and others, because she’s clearly responsible for her actions in these crimes. But she represents the damage that Manson not only did by ordering all of these murders, but the damage he did to his followers.
Charlie Manson, picked up all of these young adults were somewhat lost and didn’t feel needed and felt unwanted and assembling them into his cult, what I call the Manson Crime Family. That Charlie Manson assembled in the late 1960s, starting in the Bay Area and moving down to the Los Angeles Area. Susan, was one of the Manson Family members that managed to make a life for herself behind bars. And hopefully her criminal career would’ve been over had she ever been released from prison. She was sentenced to life and died in prison in 2009.
And to some extent Susan’s life in prison sparked a debate in whether or not she, Pat Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, should ever be paroled or not. Me personally I don’t believe that convicted murderers, especially serial murderers, should ever be paroled. That they should be officially held responsible for the crimes they committed. Which is what you get with life sentences, because their victims will never recover from their crimes and it’s that simple.
But these three women do represent the potential of prison rehabilitation not just for lifers, but for inmates who will eventually be released from prison. The lives of some of the Manson Family members, except for their leader and perhaps Tex Watson, is a damn shame. Because some of these people are very intelligent, articulate and had a lot of potential that they could see come to life. Had they not ended up part of the Manson Family and ended up going to college, getting educated and living a productive life instead.