Over the years, Susan Atkins changed her story on the murders many times. She at first claimed that she was doing Manson's bidding when she killed Tate, but later she tried to persuade the jury that she acted on her own. Later still, after more than two decades in prison, she denied that she killed anyone with her own hands and said her crime was failing to stop those who carried out the slaughter.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Associated Press
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