Please keep in mind that this blog often has comments and statements directly from the women on death row. Statements of grief, statements of innocence, statements of regret and sorrow. If bearing audience to these women's feelings, my opinions or those of commenters offends you please do not read on.
Tessa Vanvlerah may be the most vile woman alive on this planet. She was sentenced to two life sentences for allowing a man she met online, Kenneth Kyle,a college professor, to rape her 5 month old daughter several times in her Ballwin, Missouri home in 2009 . He would drive from San Francisco to have sex with Tessa which included burning, chocking and urinating on her. The two would then produce child porn as he raped the 5 month old daughter.

She was charged with first-degree statutory rape and sodomy, as well as
incest and child pornography. Kyle was sentenced to 37-and-a-half years in prison. Her daughter was eventually adopted by her foster mother. The foster mother read a victim's impact statement in court explaining how the baby would cry every time her diaper was changed or she was bathed.

Her lawyers argued she should only get probation because she suffers from a mental disorder that cause her to fall under the spell of any alpha dog and do whatever they ask of her. The trouble with that defense was that of all the things she did for him, when he wanted to become involved in bestiality she refused which clearly showed she could excise free will.

St Louis today reported a woman obtained an order of protection in 2008 against Tessa Vanvlerah,18-years-old at the time, accusing her of seducing and having sex with the woman's 16-year-old autistic son. The autistic boy is thought to be the father of the infant girl in the case.


Janet Tyburski Killed her Daughter with Help of Younger Daughter in Ohio

Janet
Janet Tyburski, 45, of Lakewood, Ohio, strangled her 26-year-old daughter Rachele to death in March of 2015. Police said Janet suffocated Rachele at Janet’s Lakewood home. She then dumped Rachele's body in a field off of Victory Lane in North Ridgeville in the early-morning hours of March 15. The remains were found later that day. When her body was found, police ran pictures of the her tattoos in the hopes that someone would identify the body. Janet called the police and said she recognized the tattoos as those of her missing daughter.
Rachele

Hannah Tyburski, Rachele’s sister, was booked into the Lorain County jail on charges of tampering with evidence, obstructing, and abuse of a corpse. She was released on a $7,000 bond. Police say she helped her mother dispose of her sisters body. They used a door to get the body into a car. For the entire first year of the trial police released no motive for the murder.

Tom Fialko, Janet's boyfriend and father of her son, came forward in June of 2015 to say she had tried to blame the murder of her daughter on him. He claimed she had called him the weekend before police found the body and tried to implicate him saying Rachele had went to his house to spend the weekend with him.

Hannah
Janet was once married but her husband died years ago. Strangely enough, his mother, Danusia Tyburski, has come forward in support of Janet. She told her local news station that Janet, her son and their three daughters were happy when he was alive but after his death things turned sour. Rachele developed mental health issues when her father died. Janet struggled to take care of the kids but lost her job. she offered no excuse or otive other than Janet just lost it in the struggle to care for her children and a mentally strained adult daughter. Janet told her mother-in-law that she smothered her daughter with a pillow. No one has yet to offer an explanation for why Hannah helped her mother.


Janet plead guilty last Wednesday to murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse. A charge of aggravated murder was dismissed. She was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with eligibility of parole after 19 years.

Petra Reese of Georgia Murdered her Ex's New Fiance

Petra and Joe Reese had been divorced since September of 2016 after 38 years. He moved on with his life and became engaged to 53-year-old Karen LaForge, a mom of three. The two had moved in together in a modest home in Roswell, Georgia. Although Joe, 56-years-old, had moved on, Petra had not. She stewed.

Petra, 55-years-old,  developed a plan to get Karen out of the picture. She enlisted a long-time associate, James Lloyd. and on January 17th the two went to Karen and Joe's home. James claims he threatened and accosted Karen but left her alive. He told her to make a new life and stay away from Joe and left her roughed up and shaking on the lawn. It was Petra, he said, that went back to the house and used cement stones to beat her to death.

Joe came to find his fiance dead in the yard and called 911. The cause of Karen's death was declared as blunt force trauma and strangulation. James has already been to court and was denied bail. Petra has not had an attorney so her dates were postponed. She was supposed to go to court Thursday but I cant find any info on what happened yet. I am sure they just denied her bail and set another date but Ill keep ya'll posted.






CBS46 News

Two Weeks of Stabby Girlfriends

While searching the newswires for a new story for The Woman Condemned, I noticed that several women had stabbed their boyfriends to death within the last two weeks. March of 2017 was bad for boyfriends apparently.

27-year-old Liz Ayala, of Binghamton, NY, was arrested for stabbing 26-year-old Gerrard Davis to death last week. They couple had a long history of domestic disputes where both have been the aggressor. Two children were found in the home when police arrived and found David bleeding profusely. He died later in the hospital. Liz is in jail awaiting trial for second degree murder.



Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Briann Lindsay, a 25 year old mother of three stabbed her boyfriend,  Christopher Johnson, 35, to death in their home, in front of the children. Briann had just had a baby 6 months earlier. He sister told the court that Briann had been treated for mental health issues all of her life and had just recently went off her meds to breastfeed her baby. He lawyer is claiming she suffered from a bipolar moment when she killed her boyfriend. She is awaiting trial.


Marie Chamblis, a Racine Illinois resident, stabbed her boyfriend in late March but he lived. Police were called to their home where they found them both naked and bloody in bed. The boyfriend had found a picture of a naked man on Marie's phone and an argument ensured during which he was stabbed in the eye and chest. What may be the most interesting fact in this case is that Marie had previously spent five years in prison for an earlier stabbing death she was responsible for. She is still in jail awaiting trial.

Marlene Johnson North Carolina

Marlene Johnson is one of those women who are so obsessed with their men they go to unusual lengths to stay in his life, even when hes long gone. Marlene was married to Ervin Johnson but they had separated. Ervin worked at Tuscaro Yarns, as did another woman 62-year-old Shirley Goodnight Pierce. For reasons not yet discovered, Marlene Johnson decided the two were having an affair and took it upon herself to start a one-woman campaign of hate against Pierce. She stalked her, harassed her, attacked her and made her life a living hell for years. Restraining orders were filed over and over. Marlene was ordered to stay away from Shirley's home and place of employment. There is no evidence that suggests Shirley was having an affair with Ervin. Her own private investigators reported there was no reason to believe they were sleeping together but still she believed it.

Johnson is accused of beating and stabbing Shirley
Goodnight Pierce at her Kannapolis home on the morning of July 23, 2013. Investigators say she broke into her home and beat and stabbed her to death. Her fiance found her body in the bath t ub. She was riddled with stab wounds, the knife still stuck in her neck.

Marlene was immediately suspected and was found with incriminating evidence. She was arrested only 12 hours after Shirley's body was found.

When she learned the death penalty was on the table, she flung herself off her bunk in an attempt to break her neck but received only cuts and bruises. Her case was scheduled for court this year but documents were filed in February to postpone it due to lack of county resources.

Pamela Hupp Missouri

Not since the infamous case of Bonnie Heady in 1953 has Missouri killed a woman on death row. That may change with Ms. Pamela Hupp. She is charged with killing a disabled man to cover up her involvement in another murder in 2011 in Troy, MO. Prosecutors has said they intend to seek the death penalty.

Hupp lured Louis R. Gumpenberger, 33, a gullible, brain damaged man, into her car by saying that she was a producer for NBC’s “Dateline” program, and was willing to pay $900 to $1,000 for him to help her re-enact a 911 call. She took him to her home, called 911 and then shot him multiple times as the operator hung on the line.

Police arrived to Gumpenberger dead. Hupp told police he had jumped into her car in the driveway after being dropped off by a silver car and demanded she take him to the bank at knife point. She ran inside before he could get to her, grabbed her gun and shot him when he walked in.

During preliminary investigation of the scene, police found a note in the victims pocket that appeared to be instructions on how to kidnap Hupp and extricate money from her. He also had $900 in his pocket.

“The evidence seems to indicate she hatched a plot to find an innocent victim and murder this innocent victim in an apparent effort to frame someone else,” St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said.

Hupp reported that the victim had said he wanted money for Russ. “Russ” is Russell Faria, convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Faria, at their home near Troy two years before. Hupp was a key witness in that trial. She was Betsy's best friend and the recipient of her $100,000 life insurance policy. But a Lincoln County judge’s refusal to allow the defense to make counter-accusations against Hupp helped win Russell Faria a new trial, in which he was acquitted.

Hupp's story quickly fell apart and she was arrested where she sliced her wrists and stabbed at her neck with a pen she'd hidden in the police station restroom.

Prosecutors plan to tell a judge and jury that they traced Hupp's cell phone records and found she was in the victims neighborhood for at least 4 minutes before the murder, despite her testimony that she had been at home.

Pamela was benefactor of the Faria insurance and was supposed to divvy up the cash among her children but never did. The prosecutors in the original case have been accused of falsifying evidence against Russ to get a conviction. Many people think had they done a better job in the investigation they would have ferreted out Pamela much sooner, saving Russ the nightmare of incarceration for killing his beloved wife.

Dateline did an episode on the murder of Betsy Faria. Her husband went to jail for a long time for it. It was Pamela all along. She set him up and let him go down and when she felt she might indeed be feeling the heat, killed another innocent person.








College Guild: Respect Reduces Recidivism But What is Respect in Prison?

I am all for anything that will improve the life of an inmate no matter their crime. This is for purely selfish reasons, believe it or not. Do even the tiniest bit of research and you find that improving the conditions in prison drastically cuts crime rates on the outside. It is one of the biggest reasons that crime is so high in this country as compared to other places. We cant seem to get our fat, American heads around the concept that prison must be a place of rehabilitation and not a money-making venture. Our politicians have a strong hold on the weakest of minds and keep feeding them false information and statistics to gain popular support for this farce despite the rising crime rates.

The few enlightened folks who attempt to do something about it are usually vilified by the village idiots who are happily drinking the Kool-aid from the prison powers that be. Because of this, I hate to knock any organization for trying but sometimes it seems things just haven't been all the way thought through. I had one such experience with College Guild.

College Guild is a free nontraditional correspondence college for inmates. From their website:

Our mission is to stimulate in prisoners an interest in life long learning by providing a selection of free, non-traditional correspondence courses. College Guild is not affiliated with any religious or political group. Our courses are designed to be both thought provoking and fun while encouraging objectivity and creativity. They relieve the boredom of prison life with an opportunity to spend time constructively. For many inmates, our courses are the only contact they have beyond the prison walls.

I first found them 5 or 6 years ago and was ecstatic to help. I signed up to be a teacher with high hopes of using my advanced degrees for something so worthwhile. There are courses in arts, dogs, poetry, justice, drawing, mythology and more. I was immediately saddened however when I heard from the director who told me we dont really teach anything. The students get the information to study and are given a test. Readers receive those tests and are instructed to only give positive feedback. Regardless of the responses from the inmate.

I tried to understand this. They say right on their website that the purpose is no to actually receive a credit but to stimulate a lifelong love of learning. I was confused how to impart this without actually teaching. College guild does not allow readers to talk about their own experiences or lives in relation to the course for fear of a relationship developing although no last names or addresses are even exchanged.

While I admire the effort of College Guild I had to stop volunteering when I received a test from an inmate that was full of racial hate and obvious historical misinformation. I stared at it for so long before I answered, knowing full well that I wasn't allowed to do anything but play along. College Guild advises to write "not suitable for college guild" near anything sexual or violent etc but I find that response sadly lacking both morally and civically.

I really wanted to open up a dialogue with this guy who was either an asshole trying to bait me and dillydally away his opportunity to learn something, however small, or a really confused person who had no clue his thinking was askew. I did correct his ideas to a degree, nothing confrontational, but once I sent it to College Guild, they never sent me another page to grade. I was kind of glad. I didn't feel like I was helping by letting bad behavior slide and obvious misinformation stand in the hopes that he would develop a love of learning. That isn't respect in my book. In fact, its quite the opposite.

Don't get me wrong. College Guild is a wonderful opportunity and it makes a difference for a lot of inmates. I did not find it was for me and I kept looking for a program to make a difference in the way I think is most helpful.