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You, Me, & Murder

If you have ever heard any of the interviews I have done, you know why I was made for this job. My whole life has been plagued by murder and mayhem. I have seen it from directions not many other people have. It has been said in many languages and cultures that we do not see the world as it is, but as we are. Having this unique history has certainly tinted the way I look at law, criminals, and justice. I am just one of many, however.

One of the reasons I got a criminal justice degree, worked in county probation, work with inmates, and write crime is because I am interested in the how and why, which is different in every case. It is also different from every point of view, which is why I am asking readers for their own personal true crime story.

The Woman Condemned is asking for YOUR personal stories. Have you been involved in a crime, as a victim, accomplice, perpetrator, or innocent bystander? Tell me about it. Send me an email at admin@thewomancondemned.com and if I use your story in…

Crystal Gambino Documentary

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Angela Kilgore Pawn Shop Murderess

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Whitwell, Tennessee is about an hour and a half drive from my home. It doesn't seem that far. Its mostly hills and farms and livestock. I had a friend who died in a motorcycle crash in the 80's who was from there. The whole crew, all of his friends, rode through the street in a big long bike convoy to the funeral home. That is my sole interaction with Whitwell. Just this past August, however, that tiny town was statewide news with the trial of the pawn shop murder of Jerry Ridge by 51-year-old Angela Kilgore.

The jury has convicted now 53-year-old Kilgore in the murder of a Whitwell pawn shop owner two years ago. Angela Kilgore was found guilty of first-degree murder, felony murder, especially aggravated robbery and aggravated arson and theft. Jurors deliberated for only about 45 minutes. She received an automatic life without parole sentence. She was sentenced in late October for her other lesser crimes.

Prosecutors claimed she was attempting to rob the pawn shop but ended u…

Alyssa Bustamente 15-YO Missouri Murderess

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When Alyssa was 15-years-old she beat, strangled and cut the throat of her nine year old neighbor. She wrote about the experience in her diary, describing it ahhh-mazing, then she went to church. She eventually confessed and has been locked away ever since.

I received an email from her last month. She asked about what I offered inmates and explained she'd been in the hole and lost much of her personal belongings.

Her case was controversial because of her age and the brutality of her actions. I am very excited to begin a correspondence with her. Id like to know what she thinks now as opposed to her frame of mind at the time of the crime and why. Ill keep you posted.


Mina Ellery - 17 YO Georgia Murderer

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Thirteen days after being brutally beaten and set on fire, 83-year-old Dot Dow finally succumbed to her injuries. Injuries she sustained at the hands of 17-year-old Mina Ellery.
The crime occurred on Aug. 4, 2016. The victim was beaten brutally. Both her arms were broken. She was doused with lighter fluid and she set on fire. She died 13 days later.

Even though Ellery was sentenced to life in prison, she is eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 30 years behind bars.

She received a life sentence for the murder and 20-year sentences each for armed robbery, home invasion and aggravated battery.  Angel Harmon, and two other people are also charged in Dow’s murder.

Harmon drove Justin Peirce Grady, 38, Cortavious Deshun Heard, 18, Mina Christine Ellery, 17, and Angel Latrice Harmon, 17, to Dow’s home in Lone Oak. Harmon and Ellery went to the door and talked with Dow while Cameron entered the house from another entrance and took Dow’s purse.

Ellery pleaded guilty to using Dow’s …

Erica Newsome Killed Her 11 Year Old Daughter and Tried to Pull The Wool Over Everyones Eyes

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Erica Newsom beat her 11-year-old daughter, Kay-lea, to death. She had regularly been abusing the girl. Her autopsy showed signs of malnutrition, among other atrocities. She had her dead daughters body in the trunk of her car on the way to New York where the father lives, when she raced off the side of the road and crashed. Witnesses reported seeing her retrieve her daughters body from the car and throw it over an embankment. The girls father said Erica had been texting him the whole trip as if everything was fine.

When police came to the scene of the wreck, she was standing beside the body of her daughter, with a comforter spread over her. They took her in for questioning where she admitted to abusing and killing the girl before loading her in the trunk and driving across several states from West Virginia.

Erica has given no motive or explanation. She will most likely get a life sentence but the D.A. could go for the death penalty.


How to get started as a True Crime Writer

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I get asked a lot of the same questions. How I got started is one of them. The problem is, there are a lot of answers to that question. Here is one of them. Or I guess, part of the answer. Sorry I am getting ready for bed but I wanted to do it yesterday. Id been procrastinating.