Amanda Taylor Virginia

Amanda Taylors Facebook 
Can we just take a moment and say WTF?
If any woman has ever just went completely batshit, it is Amanda Barbara Nichole Taylor and is so often the case, it didn't have to happen. The people who loved her tried with all their might to stop her madness and the people they turned to for help dropped the ball. Now there is death and destruction to deal with and it is Amanda who will be punished for it.
Charles & Rex Taylor
Amanda and her husband Rex had a torrid love affair marked with drug abuse. Rex hung himself in August of 2014 and Amanda was left a widow with two children at the ripe old age of 24. A short time after his death, Amanda found some letters he had left for her detailing life long, horrific abuse by his father. She had suffered from personality issues her entire life and like most, self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. When Rex hung himself, things grew worse for Amanda. The fact that his father, Charles, had started him on drugs when he was 15 was on a running loop in her head, repaying over and over the fact that he was gone and his father had started the madness.

Sean Ball
She stayed off and on with her mother and her friend Mariah Roebuck before finally committing herself to a mental facility after a suicidal rampage at Rex's grave on the couples shared birthday. She simply lost her mind. Roebuck and her mother expected her to be kept there for quite a while. Her antics and thought processes obviously askew. Surprisingly, she was released three days later on her own recognizance. Thats when she stabbed her father in law to death on April 4th as he lay on the couch in his home.

While staying with her friend Mariah, she began palling around with Sean Ball, another sometime couch-surfer of the Roebuck's. She packed up a folder with strange items like gothic drawings and letters from serial killers her and her husband had written too, all wrapped up with sparkly ink and a picture of her and Rex. Once she was released from the mental institution, things seemed to escalate with her unstable personality issues and Mariah and her husband refused to let her stay with them again and also kicked out Mr. Ball, who had fallen in love and deep infatuation with Amanda. The two became inseparable and he was present when she killed her father-in-law. The pair then went on the run.

Amanda had no intention of going without punishment for her crimes, she planned to punish herself in the ultimate. Nor did she seek to keep her deed a secret. Soon after taking to the road with Mr. Ball, she began to make social media posts claiming responsibility for the murder and explaining that she did it for her husband. Eventually, somewhere down the road they were running on, she tried to kill Mr. Ball and left him bleeding on the side of the road from a gunshot wound.

Shes now in a Virginia jail awaiting her June 19 court date to review mental evaluations and set a hearing.
Amanda & Rex showcasing their dark Obsessions

Anonymous Thank Yous

Yesterday I sent out the book orders for the women on death row for March. $645. Ouch.
This isn't always easy for me guys. I have 7 children in the house and that alone takes a lot of time and money. What I do for these gals is a labor of love. While I do receive donations every now and again, for the most part I provide these services out of pocket.

When I realized how much the Amazon bill was going to be this month I started to feel sick. We are building an addition to our home, have a Easter trip planned tomorrow and as I said, 7 kids. While I love what I do in the prison system and feel a definite sense of pride for what it accomplishes, I don't want to take away from my family to do it.

I tweeted about the issue and decided to wait until later in the evening to make the payment. We colored Easter eggs, made some Shrinky Dinks and grilled some chicken legs. A spring storm ran through and I lost Internet connection for an hour or so. Throughout all the family fun, my mind kept returning to the nearly $700 book order I have to fulfill. Maybe I could do half this week and half next? Or split it up throughout the month of April? Except I knew some of these women were counting on the books for research and classwork. Urgh. What to do, what to do.

After dinner I checked my email to find an Easter miracle, to be sure. One of our Twitter followers donated a large amount for the womens books. I could hardly believe it. I checked the balance over and over from different devices just to make sure I was seeing it right. Wow. WOW! All the books, everything I was asked for in March, was able to be ordered.

I wanted to publically thank him on the blog but he refused. He is afraid of what people will think of his support of women behind bars. Isnt this a bitter sweet victory? People care. They want to help. There are people who know deep in their hearts that the way we treat incarcerated women - guilty or innocent- is inhumane, unconstitutional and horribly hypocritical to say the very, very least. All this is true and yet these good people are afraid to say where their hearts lay. They are afraid of being chastised for caring about another human-being.

That makes me incredibly sad.

Stories to Watch

Not every story makes it to Jodi Aria media heights but there are many that are just as strange and interesting. Here are some Ive been keeping my eye on:

Jessica Paige Greenback, 25, from Santa Clarita California shot and killed her brother with a semi-automatic handgun, wounded her father and attempted to kill another man in the house earlier this year. She was arrested and plead not guilty last week. She has had a history of mental issues and several 72 hour stays in mental hospitals. Reports say she kept her 5 year old sister in the room during the shooting and would not allow her to leave. She  is being held on $6.1 million bail, is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 26 to get a preliminary hearing date. If convicted as charged, Greenback faces a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison.

Un Young Lee, of San Dimas California was arrested last week for killing her mother-in-law, Young Ja Lee 77. Young's house was burning down but when police and firefighters arrived, no one was inside and there was no evidence of how it started. They soon received an anonymous phone call, however, that stated Un had a hand in her mother-in-laws. death. Police found her sitting in her minivan on a street with bags of body parts with her. She has a 1 million dollar bond and arraignment set for April 24th.

Jessica Lacy McCarty is the FLorida mom who has killed all three of her kids. I think a lot of people are watching this one right now and it will last a while. Shes had mental issues in the past and its still unclear if she was being treated at the time of the murders. POlice arrived to find her standing in the yard bleeding with a knife in her hands. Still so much unclear.

Fallon Tallent Nashville

This is really motivating for me, although few people will understand it. When I first began this journey I was sitting at my computer at my job at a records company. Id been writing an article about Margo Freshwater for The Saturday Independent, my local paper at the time. Margo was convicted of murder in 1969 and then escaped in 1970 and lived 30 something years on the lamb before being caught. She was eventually released. The news was on in the background and I heard the reporter break through with news of a young woman racing down the interstate in Nashville. Shed killed two cops by hit and run and had cops chasing her for miles. I was mesmerized. So young.

Reports say Fallon was on the tail end of a seven day crack binge that day. She was racing through Mt. Juliet and caught the attention of the police. Her speeds reached over 100 mph and they attempted to stop her using sting strips – the spiked strips police unroll across the road to puncture tires of absconding cars. She had been caught in this manner before and when she saw the strips go down she swerved, killing two policemen; Sergeant Jerry Mundy and Deputy John Musice.

I wrote about her before, she crosses my mind when her name comes up in news reports or I find something of hers online and I always wondered what her story was. The real story. In the post I wrote about her from 2013 her cousin wrote to me and told me a little about her. It wasnt until 2014 that I reached out to her. I sent her a form letter with the available aid I have currently and waited. I was about to give up when I got a letter from her last week. I am very curious to talk with her. I cant imagine a woman so young could end up on such a hard road. She will not be eligible for parole for 102 years.

In her letter she told me that she admitted her crimes and felt she was where she deserved to be. She expresses regret for the lives of the officers and says she thinks about them every single day of her life and prays for their families. She offered to make afghans and crafts to sell on the blog to help pay expenses.

I am really looking forward to getting to know Fallon.

Mt. View Issues


Let me begin this sordid tale by saying that I 100% believe in Darlie Routier's innocence. Not because of any friendships or online relationships but because in 2005 I read a book about her and it just didnt add up for me. I wrote to her and we corresponded and I did some more research. The more I read the more it just didn't fit. Shes innocent.
Anyway-
I dont post much about Darlie for a number of reasons, but mainly because she has an avid support group and doesn't need me. The women I correspond with most often have no one. They fight for their lives alone.

If you scroll down you'll find a few posts put up earlier in the year about some good news in Darlie's case and some facts about her defense. This is important stuff that needs to be out there because this womans life is on the line with some very questionable activity in the spotlight of her trial. We have more than enough reason to assume some fuckery took place with the prosecution and the evidence.

That being said, there are a few gals in the same prison as Darlie who I have had a relationship with for many years. I wrote and spoke to Kimberly McCarthy many times before they killed her. She was a funny lady with a lot to say about the civil rights era. I currently write to a few women in that prison. I send them books, educational information, crafts and supplies and sometimes money when someone donates. Sometimes I write about them here if they ask me too, as Darlies penpal did for her.

A few weeks ago I started to receive letters from these gals, one at a time, all pissed off at me for posting the Darlie information. They don't believe her story fits my theme here. Heres where it gets tricky for me. I dont want to be detrimental to Darlie's case, thats not what I'm here for. But these women, the women who live with her, have some pretty detrimental views on what she does and says that the rest of us arent privy too. They have all written letters with some wild accusations, asking me to make them public and expose what they feel is wrong.

Staying true to my girls could mean putting another woman's life in deeper shit.
Not doing what they ask means breaking a trust Ive spent years building and is the only constant in many of their lives.

On a closing note, let me say that Ive temporarily blocked most of the past posts on women from that prison so people cannot go through and figure out who the letters are from. You would not believe the amount of people with such shitty lives their idea of fun is to start shit with a bunch of women inmates.