The Daily Goodbye
Good morning, all.
Susan Atkins, convicted of eight murders for her part in the Charles Manson gang that perpetrated a 1969 mass murder, has died in prison. She broke open the case when she bragged of her participation in the slayings to cellmates; she also taunted her jury that they should lock their doors and watch their own kids.
Barbara Collier wasn't just any soup kitchen volunteer; her work brought Mother Teresa to tears. When the center where she volunteered was threatened with closure, Collier raised $1 million in less than two years, enough for the center to purchase a permanent home. She continued to work three to four days a week at the center until her death.
Jack T. Franklin had trouble selling his work in the 1960s, when he photographed civil rights leaders and marches in Philadelphia. Now, his work is in demand for museums and exhibitions, and featured in magazines and on television.
John Lynch was one of those captains of industry, and in his case, he was the super-captain -- he ran a shipping line that revolutionized the South Florida/Latin America/Caribbean sea trade. A man of strong opinions, he decided to pull the plug on himself rather than live on a ventilator.
The father of "Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert has died. Tim Russert Sr. was the subject of a book by his son who died of a heart attack in June 2008. "Big Russ" was 85.
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