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Former Manson family member Susan Atkins, who confessed to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate during a murderous rampage in 1969, has requested a "compassionate release" from prison because she has less than six months to live. Atkins, 60, was convicted in the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and four others. She had been incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California.......
Atkins, known within the Manson family as "Sadie Mae Glutz," has been in prison since 1971 and has been denied parole 11 times.
According to historical accounts of the murders, Atkins stabbed Tate, who was 8½ months pregnant, and scawled the word "pig" in blood on the door of the home the actress shared with director Roman Polanski......
Sharon Tate and three houseguests were slain in August 1969 by killers who burst into her Benedict Canyon home. A teenager who was visiting the home's caretaker in his cottage on the property also was killed.....
Atkins, like Manson, received a death sentence, and the punishment was changed to life in prison when the California Supreme Court ruled the state's death penalty unconsitutional in 1972.....
According to her Web site, Atkins is a born-again Christian who during her incarceration has worked to aid at-risk youth, victims of violent crimes and homeless children.
Originally posted by Shar
Ok see that last Paragraph that is why I am questioning my belief on the death penalty. Had the death penalty stayed, she would of possibly died years ago and may never been born-again Christian. However, the stay of execution has given her a chance to be forgiven by God and do work for Him.
Originally posted by Shar
Ok, that was different. Still thinking about it though. I will also think some more on what you have said.
I never ever use to think that a known murder should live. To be honest I have always said death right way, not 20 years later.
What if she was a born-again Christian and had already murdered three other inmates but believed devoutly in Jesus?
Originally posted by Shar
Ok, I questioned my belief tonight for the fist time because of this article. Questioning and changing it however is two different things. I’m a believer in the death penalty of known murders not questionable ones but known ones.
Maybe something you will say will help me in my decision to stay for the death penalty or to say life in prison.
Originally posted by ben91069
Clearly the 10 commandments are spiritual in nature. Thou shall not kill is straightforward on the surface, yet Moses killed the Egyptian and was not condemned for it. Therefore, it must be obvious that it isn't a hard and fast rule but has a deeper meaning.
You have heard that the ancients were told, "You shall not commit murder" and "Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court." But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, "Raca," shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, "You fool," shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, in order that your opponent may not deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, you shall not come out of there, until you have paid up the last cent.
(Matthew 5:21-26 NASB)
Originally posted by chissler
But we guarantee that somebody else will.
Do you not feel that there is something to be understood from studying these individuals? Would a life of confinement in a maximum security prison and undergoing tests not prove to be beneficial?
Originally posted by TheComte
I am in favour of capital punishment in cases of torture-murder, child sex predators, and serial killers, when there is zero doubt of the suspect's guilt. I have no guilty conscience in dispatching these animals. We guarantee they will never victimize another human being.
1 Timothy 1 (King James Version)
8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Numbers 35 (King James Version)
29So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
30Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.
31Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.