“It’s been a devastating few weeks for me. I also did Susan Atkins’ last parole hearing about two weeks prior to her death. So it’s just been a whirlwind these last few weeks.” DEBORAH TATE, the sister of ROMAN POLANSKI’s slain ex-wife SHARON TATE, admits she has been rocked by the death of her sibling’s murderer SUSAN ATKINS and the arrest of the director on a 1978 child sex charge. Atkins, a member of Charles Manson’s notorious cult, confessed to the 1969 killing and died behind bars last week (24Sep09). Polanski was taken into custody in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday (26Sep09).