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.
Letter from Judy Neelley today.
I am really, really mixed on Judy. She did some heinous things. She was also very, very young. Her case reminds me alot of what is happenng in Calfornia now with Janeen Marie Snyder.
Judy was born and raised right here in my neighborhood. She met an married her husband Alvin when she was 14 years old. He was abusive of her and had her so afraid to go against him in any way. I watched my mother go through some helacious abuse and I have seen first hand what it can do.
In this letter she talks about how the women in the prison were moved to another prison. She has been there 2 months and s depressed and miserable. She talks of the book on her "Early Graves" being passed around and the other inmates comments on it.
She said she argued withe her boyfriend on the phone but doesnt say about what. This is the frst mention shes made of a boyfriend n the 2 years we've written.
The letter is short since she was moved unexpectedly and was trying to let everyone know where she was.
I feel like Judy has paid her debt to society. She was a chld under the spell of a brutal, abusive monster. Afraid to move without his consent.
She was raised into womanhood by this man and then people wonder why she did the things she did.
Her death sentence was commuted to life in prison. There was some talk that she could actually parole at some point.
Her husband Alvin died in prison last year of heart failure.
I toured Judys old stomping grounds in May. I took pictures and sent them to her. If anyone would like to see them please send me your email address.