#UK ‘San Francisco witch killer’ getting parole consideration


In this Thursday, June 11, 2015 photo, Lisa Long lays out family photos of her sister Karen Barnes in Jonesboro, Ga. The married couple dubbed the “San Francisco witch killers” seemed locked away for good when each was sentenced to 75 years to life for three murders, including Barnes' 30 years ago. Because California prisons are under court order to ease severe overcrowding, a parole board will consider whether the wife Suzan Carson, 73, is fit for release Wednesday, Dec. 2. Long has traveled to Chino, Calif., to testify against Suzan’s release. “They are unrepentant,” Long said. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of two so-called “San Francisco witch killers” has been denied parole.

A parole board on Wednesday said 73-year-old Suzan Carson was unfit for early release. Carson and her husband were convicted of killing three in Northern California in the 1980s during a drug-fueled religious quest to rid the world of witches. They were each sentenced to 75 years to life.

Carson and 64-year-old Michael “Bear” Carson qualified for parole consideration after a federal court concerned with prison overcrowding ordered hearings for about 1,400 inmates older than 60 who have served more than 25 years of their sentences.

Michael Carson canceled his parole hearing in June, saying he refuses to renounce his violent religious beliefs.

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