Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
Susan Atkins (external - login to view), one of the 'Manson family' killers is asking to be released from prison on grounds of compassion as she dies of brain cancer. Diagnosed in April, doctors feel she will have mere months left to live.
A born again Christian, she has been denied parole 17 times, despite her soft spoken assertions that she was brainwashed and under the influence of drugs then, mentally unsound, and she is now clear headed and truly repentant about her crimes.
Too bad, accept the responsibility of your own actions. Regardless if you were a druggy or not, she took the drugs that gave her the excuses, she was involved in the whole thing just as much as everybody else, I have no sympathy for her.
If a man a few years ago who raped a woman tried to use the excuse that "he was drunk when he did it, so he wasn't responsible"
didn't work to get him off the hook.... why should any other drug use be made into an excuse?
And clearly she's not of clear headed, since she's got brain cancer.... that's not very clear if you ask me....
yeah I know, I'm an *******.
And besides, a "Born Again Christian" is meaningless, except to perhaps Christians I suppose. A "BAC" title doesn't mean they're immune to commiting evil acts again and doesn't make them perfect.
Debra Tate, the last living relative of her most famous victim, Sharon Tate, has strongly opposed Atkins' release, stating that she ought to die in prison. Given that this was her original sentence when convicted, death, and it was dropped because of the changes in the legal system, is it fair to still expect death within the prison walls?
Should compassion be given for Atkins and those she has left to her, an example of how society IS better than the criminals it punishes?
Society IS better then the criminals it punishes, because society isn't the one who killed the innocent the criminals killed. If society decided to kill people randomly who were innocent or commited no crimes, then yes, society wouldn't be any better then the criminals.... since this isn't the case, then the comparison is invalid.
She was involved in killing people who will never be able to live out their full lives.... in fact, she lived much longer then the person she killed, which to me is unfair justice, regardless if she was caged up like the rat that she is since she was found guilty.
I am not swayed by excuses, and I don't give a crap if she's got brain cancer, lung cancer, had several strokes, or has green poop... she's in there for a reason, and when someone is going to be put in jail for the rest of their lives, it should be expected that that person will eventually die from some kind of illness, it should not be sympathized.
Where was her sympathy when she killed? Sorry.... sympathy after the fact is irrelevent, because it doesn't bring back that person they killed. I can not turn back the clock on some of the "Mistakes" I have made in my life, and I accept every single action I have made thus far in my life and will make..... she's in jail for life.... she can rot in there until it's over.