Sandra good A devoted Manson follower lives in Vermont. She sued International Paper in 1989.
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Sandra Good remains devoted to Charles Manson but has a newfound devotion that has forced her to shed the anonymity she's cultivated since her release from prison in 1985.
Good served 10 years for writing threatening letters to corporations she accused of polluting. Now she's campaigning to rid Lake Champlain of pollution she says is coming from an International Paper Co. mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
"I don't want people to focus on who I am, but what I'm saying" she told the Rutland Herald last week.
Although she was a disciple of Manson, Good was never implicated in the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others that led to the convictions of Manson and three members of his "family."
Good shared an apartment with Manson follower Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, now serving a life sentence for the attempted assassination of President Gerald R. Ford in 1975. After Fromme's arrest investigators found 3,000 letters Good had written to such companies as Union Carbide Corp., warning of death or disaster for continued pollution.
Upon her parole in 1985, Good came to Vermont. She dropped her last name and went by her first and middle names: Sandra Collins.
"When I first came here, I knew the lake was sick," she said. "I looked at the lake, and I knew something was wrong."
Good and her housemate, Earl Parsons, who owns their lakefront home, have been leaders in the fight against the paper company.
Pollution from the plant has been an issue since the mill was built in 1971. Recently the company settled a federal lawsuit alleging the mill's pollution caused a nuisance and lowered lakeshore property values.
The settlement requires the company to deposit $5 million into a fund for research on the lake and make payments to property owners. Good and Parsons have refused to accept any money, calling the settlement "a monumental buy-off."
Sandra fought the building of a large manpower dependent papermill in Vermont while never publically mentioning that she was unemployeed and on welfare much of her life.
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