The First to Die

By | Sep 24, 2011

On September 24, 2009 at 11:46 PM PT Susan Atkins breathed her last breath. She had been the longest serving woman in the California prison system and one of the people that were convicted along with Charles Manson for gruesome murders that occurred in the Summer of 1969. She was the first of those convicted to die.

Susan Atkins was born in San Gabriel, California, the second of three children on May 7, 1948. Her mother, Janette died in 1963.

On September 2, 2009 she lost a parole hearing for a compassionate release. She was dying of Brain Cancer with death coming soon. Beginning with her first parole hearing in 1976 until her death she was denied parole 18 times.

During her time as one of Manson’s Family she used the name Sadie Mae Glutz and Sexy Sadie.

While a member of the family she gave birth to a son October 7, 1968, she bore a son, named Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz by Manson. After her arrest, with no one to take him, he was adopted and the two had no further contact.

From 1974 onwards, Atkins stated she was a born-again Christian, and from 1980, a Roman Catholic. She married James W. Whitehouse in 1987. Whitehouse became a lawyer and has been her legal representative since 2000. He runs a Web site


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