Susan Denise Atkins was a member of Charles Manson’s ‘Family’ Atkins was convicted of eight murders, including the most notorious, the Tate murders in 1969. At the time of her death, she was California’s longest-serving female inmate. Atkins later claimed to have believed Manson was Jesus.
About Susan Atkins in brief
Susan Denise Atkins was a member of Charles Manson’s ‘Family’ Atkins was convicted of eight murders, including the most notorious, the Tate murders in 1969. Atkins was incarcerated until her death in 2009. At the time of her death, she was California’s longest-serving female inmate, long since surpassed by her fellow murderous Manson family members Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel. Atkins later claimed to have believed Manson was Jesus. She was nicknamed Sadie Mae Glutz by Manson and a man who was creating a fake ID for her at the time. Atkins bore a son by Bruce White, whom Manson called Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz. Atkins’ parental rights were terminated once she was convicted, and no one in her family would assume responsibility for the child. Her son was adopted and renamed from thetime of her incarceration in 1969, and Atkins had no further contact with him. She died of natural causes at the age of 70. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and a daughter. She leaves behind a daughter and a son-in-law, all of whom are still alive and living in the U.S. Today, Atkins lives in San Jose, California, with her husband and two sons. She also has a son, Steven, who lives in Los Banos, California with his wife and two children. She has two step-daughters and a step-son, both of whom also live in the United States. She had no children of her own, but had several step-siblings and step-great-grandchildren.
Atkins had a son with a man named Bruce White who is still living in San Fernando Valley, California. Atkins also had a daughter with another man, who is now in his late 60s. Atkins has two sons with a woman, who has since died. Atkins and her family lived in a middle-class home in the Cambrian Park area of San Jose until she was 13 years old. At 13, she left home to live independently. In 1967, Atkins met Manson when he played guitar at the house where she was living with several friends. When the house was raided several weeks later by the police and Atkins was left homeless, Manson invited her to join his group, who were embarking on a summer road trip in a converted school bus painted completely black. In the summer of 1969, Manson and his commune at Spahn’s Ranch were attracting the attention of the police, who suspected them of auto thefts and were suspicious of the high number of underage runaways. In an attempt to raise money to move away to the desert, Manson encouraged drug dealing. During this time someone suggested that Family acquaintance Gary Hinman had just inherited a large sum of money. Manson sent Atkins, Bobby Beausole, and Mary Brunner to Hinman’s home on July 25, 1969. When Hinman said that he had not inherited any money, Beausil beat him severely, stabbed him twice, and swung at his head with a sword.