On August 8 of that year, she obeyed Manson's order to join in the what would be the bloody attack that left five dead at the home of actress Sharon Tate.
Atkins later admitted stabbing Voytek Frykowski and holding down Tate while she was stabbed repeatedly by Tex Watson.
She also said she wrote "PIG" using Tate's blood on a door of the residence.
Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi objected, saying "We don't give that gal anything!
" In the end, the prosecution offered not to seek the death penalty in return for her trial testimony--an offer which Atkins, after testifying before the Grand Jury, refused.
Atkins, then twenty-two, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 1970.
In her grand jury testimony, Atkins said Manson "gave me the faith in myself to be able to know that I am a women....
I gave myself to him." Atkins said there was "no limit" to what she would do for "the only complete man I have ever met." To Atkins, Manson "represented a Jesus Christ-like person."Atkins spent a year-and-a-half traveling around the Southwest with other Manson Family members on an old school bus, taking lots of LSD, and practicing free love with Manson Family members of both sexes.
In 1968, she bore a child, who Manson helped deliver, named Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz.
Atkins moved into the Family's Spahn Ranch in 1969.
As a young teen, Susan Atkins sang in her church choir in San Jose, California and nursed her mother, who was dying of cancer.
After her mother's death, however, her life went seriously off course.