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Atkins, Susan (1948- ) to Kregg Sanders

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.024.02 Author/Creator: Atkins, Susan (1948- ) Place Written: Frontera, California Type: Typed letter signed Date: 18 November 1993 Pagination: 3 p.

Atkins writes to Sanders from prison while serving time for her part in the Tate-LaBianca murders committed while a member of the Manson family. Atkins continues a previous letter (GLC05508.024.01), commenting that she feels a connection with her correspondent and makes tentative plans for a visit. She responds to questions about prison work, her religious faith, and drugs in prison. She discusses her guilt and remorse, as they relate to her Christian beliefs.

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