October twenty eight, 2009
Speaking of prison~Over time, Rice said he began to see things differently. Some of his old “family” members had become Christians. His cellmate was a Christian and in all these people, he could see a common thread.“My Jesus was in prison,” he said. “Their Jesus was changing their lives.”
Rice said his children also came to know Christ through him. All four of his children who were with him at the Manson family ranch are now born-again Christians doing work in ministry. He said they told him they knew God was real when they saw God change their father.
“I knew if I wanted to stay free and stay saved, I knew to surround myself with people who wouldn't bring me back to prison. Is there any hope for you?” he asked offenders. “It ain't over till it's over. This isn't about fun and games. This if life and death. It's time to get out and stay out. It's time to do it his way.”
Rice asked if anyone had a parole date or knew they only had a short time left. He told them he was on his way out too, if his doctors were right. In May Rice said he was diagnosed with liver cancer and his doctor's gave him 6-9 months to live. At most a year. That's OK, because I know where I'm going. I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “This may be the last time I ever see you unless you make the same decisions I made on the floor of that prison cell on May 14, 1978. We may see each other again, if you make that decision."
Rice said he wants to be remembered as doing something good. “You have a choice, you can leave behind a legacy,” he said. “It's going to be a blessing or a curse. Years from now, they'll remember you. Which way will it be? This is your opportunity. This is your day.”
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The reason I chose to re-run part of this article is-
The article is dated October twenty eight 2009. Dennis said that in May of 2009, he was diagnosed with liver cancer and the doctors gave him 6-9 months,a year at most. He was already five months into his death sentence when this article was printed. It is now May 2011. Over two years have gone by. Maybe he is holding on until the bitter end like Sadie did? I cant seem to find a thing about him past 2009. Does anybody know if he is still alive?