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Atkins, Susan (1948- ) to Kregg Sanders

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.024.03 Author/Creator: Atkins, Susan (1948- ) Place Written: Frontera, California Type: Typed letter signed Date: 17 December 1993 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: 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 thanks Sanders for the story of his adventure getting her book, considering it "one of those cool drinks of water that refreshes my soul." She talks about her book (Child of Satan, Child of God), food, the book Helter Skelter and computers. Written on a single length of thermal "fax" paper.

People: Tate, Sharon, 1943-1969.
Manson, Charles, 1934-

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: Criminals and Outlaws, Prisoner, Woman Author, Women's History, Book Selling, Literature and Language Arts, Science and Technology, Religion

Sub Era: The Sixties