No one has asked me what I meant by, "Thank God…Now I Can Breathe", but just because I haven't received questions doesn't mean they're not hanging out there, unanswered, as heavy and dank as L.A.s coastal haze…
It's NOT because I think she, or any of the other Manson Family killers would kill again.
It's NOT because I think Susan is still that wide-eyed, Buck-knife wielding zombie of days gone by.
It's NOT because I think she'd recruit younger zombies as soon as she saw daylight without the shadows of the bars on her face.
It's because of the legal precedent which would be on the books IF the Board of Prison Terms had given her parole.
There HAS to be a line drawn in society's sand that says that just some acts of wanton death and destruction must NEVER be entertained in our civilized world.
That ones home should be ones sanctuary.
That we, as citizens of this world, should at least expect some peace and security, while readying ourselves for bed, at midnight, on a summer's eve.
And IF we excused Atkins in allowing her parole, then forever after, we would have like-minded murderers saying, "Hey, you let out the Manson Family murderers, so why not me?!"
And can we afford to make such a precedent available to those future freaks?
THAT was why I was so nervous and jumpy awaiting the decision on Atkins.
THAT is why a good fifth of my newest bottle of Cubana Rum was drank.
THAT was why I stayed up until the decision was publicized.
THAT was why I held my proverbial breath all those long hours on the 2nd.
THAT was why I finally exhaled and wrote that title, Atkins Parole DENIED…Now I Can Breathe…"….