8/29/07

Ive received quite a few letters lately. Michelle Byrom, Lisa Jo Chamberlain and my most exciting- Michelle's son Edward. He was the actual trigger man i her husbands murder.

I also got another AMAZING card from Angela Johnson. She is so very talented. I m going to see if she will allow me to set her up a website to sell her greeting cards. She writes "Death Row Designs" on the back of each in the most perfect calligraphy Ive ever seen.

Still no sign of Paul Bernardo. I'm so disappointed. I really wanted to talk with him. Maybe Ill send him a nude photo. I'm kidding (mostly).

I sent Michelle Byrom's brother a letter. I offered to take him to dinner to talk ith me about Michelle and her case but no luck.

I haven't head from Judy Neelley in some time. Im very upset at this. She was my favorite and very open and honest. Im afraid that something has happened to her.

I also got a letter from Kimberly McCarthy. It had been a really long time since Id heard from her. She wrote to thank me for the newsletter and to request books.

I got a picture of Edward Byrom as well as Angela Johnson that I will be posting tomorrow. Stay tuned...

8/21/07

I've tried this new email application that is promising to boost my blog readership. I would just love it if it turned out to be true It was really easy to sign up and the whole premise seems to make sence. So I hope it works.
Email marketing is a whole new thing to me. Im trying to build my readership here because Im attempting to make some speaking engagements around the country this fall. (Can I stay at your house when Im in town? I dont eat much.)
This site helps you build your own email newsletter for your blog and I hope it will work. Im planning on showing the actual letters only to the subscribers from now on. I think. Maybe not. What do you think?
And it really helps that its free, right? That is always a great incentive for me. So check out this link www.Zookoda.com and tell me what you think. I'll wait here.

8/20/07

Paul Bernardo is not going to write me back. Im just torn over it. I really wanted to talk with him. Maybe it was the Hello Kitty stationary. I thought it was cute.
Damn. Maybe Ill try again another day. I am upset tho. Not only because of Paul but also because I had written to Nicole Diar, Brenda Andrew, Debra Milke and Denise Brown. None of whom have written me back. Im disgusted.

So I've been cooking a lot. I think when I cook. Ive come up with some of my very best thoughts when cooking. I have been known to throw together up some pretty good ideas if the recipe is long enough. The more difficult the dish the harder my brain works, I guess.

So I have made a lot of food and done some house cleaning, took the daughter some cupcakes and soda to school to celebrate her birthday,did some laundry, cooked huby some lunch, visited with my dad nd checed my email.

During all tis I have talked mysel into quitting my contet writing job and concenrating on my book for the next month. Hubby says its a great idea and I feel like it really needs to be done. It wont get written until I write it, does that make sence or is that some kind of wierd writers logic?

So, here I go- Im working on my book- oh yes I am.

8/18/07

The mentally ill -- jailed and desperate for help - CNN.com

Id like everyone to take a look at thisarticle and watch the video if at all possible.

It explains so much about why certain people do the crimes that they do.

Ponder this for a moment:
Say your mom, who has always been a nice, normal mom, one day goes out and pours gasoline on a group of kids walking to school one morning. No reason, no idea why she did it.

She will be carted off to jail and locked away for a long time for attempted murder of children and aggravated child abuse.

If she is lucky enough she will get a lawyer that insists she has a physical and mental evaluation. Low and behold! We find that she has a problem like schizophrenia or Bi-polar disorder or a whhole host of other maladies that will fester in your brain until you snap.

What if she didnt get a lawyer? Or she was forced to take a court appointed lawyer who doesnt give a damn or one who is inexperienced?

These are people who are SICK. Puttng them in jail is akin to takig a person with cancer and putting them in pison.

Do we execute sick people?

8/12/07

I did some house cleaning. A little redecorating around here, can ya tell?
I know, a prison reform blog that is all pink and sparkly is a little odd but I like it. It fis my personality and we can all count our blessings that I dont have a big ol' Hello Kitty on here somewhere.

NNow that I finaly finished this huge writing assignment for my online content job (thanks Nikki)I can get back to my book for a few.

I wrote a letter to Michelle Byroms son. He is actually in Parchman, the Mississippi prison that has been making headlines for its horrendous conditions.

I also wrote another letter to federal inmate Angela Johnson. She seems like such a neat lady. She made me this really beautiful card, I was amazed.

Lastly, I sent a copy of the Florida Support newsletter to Kimberley McCarthy.

I miss Kim. I really enjoyed writing to her. She used to be married to the leader of the Black Panthers at one time. She is convicted of killing her elderly neighbor inan atmpt to find drug money. I wonder where she is on her appeals. There was some reason to believe that her dealer had done it. I cant remember all her details now. She stopped writing to me or returning my etters eary ast year. I think it is becuse I never sent her any money. I had sent her books and magazines and she only complained that I should have asked her first because she already had a copy. So now I only send her the newsletters and books periodically.

Today I will get my house (my real actual home!)clean and prepare another newsletter to go out. I think I will write to Wendi Adriano. I wrote to Nicole Diar last week and am curious to see if she writes back.

I had a wahm site up for the last year. Managed Mayhem. I loved helping mommies find work at home but the site that hosted it was constantly giving me problems and so Ive decided to move it to good ol blogger. Ill keep you updated.

8/8/07

Cruel as Usual -- In These Times
The above article is on the horrndous conditions in the Mississippi prison systems.
I received a letter today from Michelle Byrom and Lisa Jo Camberlain. Both talk about the conditions in the prison. Michelle's cell is over 100 degres and she has asked again and again for her fan to be fixed. 3 weeks now without it.
Lisa Jo writes of how Michelle has been unable to eat for weeks but no one seems to mind. She was found unconcious in a puddle of blood ribboned vomhit last week and is still not been delivered to a doctor.

This article tells of another death row in Mississippi where the prisoners are treated the same way.

Im in the process of writing an article on Michelle and MDOC. Anyone with any information or who just wants to help please contact me. This is awful.
Think of your mother or aunt. What f they were falsely accused and awaiting their appeal sittig in a cell with no water, no ice, 105 degrees and heah problems sosever they were under a doctors care in the free world.
Mayhem in Mississippi!!

I got a 12 page letter from Michelle in Mississippi all about how she got into an argument with Kristi Filgham. She said she asked her for some sweet and lows and she reused saying she had none but Michelle had over heard earlier when Kristi had gotten her canteen. They argued a bit back and forth through an open window with LisaJo Chamberlain playing instigator in the middle. Michelle is now completely upset. Saying she has washed her hands of Kristi becuase she cries all day and swears she is innocent of her crimes but then turned around and made a very odd comment for a innocent person.
Michelle claims they were watching Maury where wild teen girls were forced to spend the night in prison. Kristi supposedly said "If someone had done that to me I wouldnt be here now." Hm.

Im upset that Paul Bernardo hasnt written me back. I know its in Canada but still, he has had time. Maybe he doesnt write people he doesnt know. I really thought he would write me back. I want to know where his head is now. Has he been treated for his mental maladies? Has anyone seen that movie Karla, about him and his freaky-deaky wife Karla Holmolka?
I think the movie was a little to leniant on her but either way she is free and married and just had a baby and he is locked away forever. I wonder if he's sorry or even repentant at all. Maybe Ill write again and send a picture.

8/5/07

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Court must determine how long witness has been lying
Tadaryl D. Shipp is a liar.

The question for Knox County Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz is when Shipp became one.

Was it days after he helped torture and murder 19-year-old Colleen Slemmer in January 1995? Was it nine months later when he penned a graphic letter detailing the crime? Or was it Monday when he tried to deflect blame from then-girlfriend Christa Gail Pike, now on death row for what Shipp had always maintained was a killing she engineered?

Shipp took to the witness stand Monday in a bid to help Pike win a shot at a new trial by convincing Leibowitz her constitutional rights were violated when she was tried and sentenced to die for Slemmer’s slaying.

Shipp had long insisted it was Pike who crafted a plot to lure Slemmer to a secluded spot on the University of Tennessee agricultural campus; Pike who brought a meat cleaver to make torturous cuts on Slemmer’s body; Pike who helped Shipp carve a pentagram on Slemmer’s chest; Pike who bashed Slemmer’s head in with a rock; Pike who took a sliver of Slemmer’s skull as a souvenir.

Pike, then 18, Slemmer, Shipp and another participant in the killing, Shadolla Peterson, were all students at the now-defunct Job Corps training program for troubled youth that had been located in Knoxville in 1995.

Prior court testimony showed that Pike grew jealous of Slemmer over Shipp and hatched a plan to attack the girl, enlisting then 17-year-old Shipp and 18-year-old Peterson to help. Slemmer was beaten, sliced with a box cutter and meat cleaver, and then bludgeoned to death.

Because of his age, Shipp could not be sentenced to death. He is serving a life sentence. Peterson, a key witness in the case, walked away with probation.

Pike has exhausted all but this final round of appeals that hinge on whether her defense team was so derelict as to violate her rights. Monday’s hearing is one in a series held since January, with more set for later this year. The hearings have been spread over several months largely to suit the availability of certain witnesses and the judge’s packed court calendar.

At Monday’s hearing, Pike’s taxpayer-funded defense team sought to show that her prior defenders failed to put on proof that Pike suffered bi-polar disorder and was under the sway of a manipulative, violent Shipp.

Shipp, a defense witness, himself sought to portray Pike as an “edgy” woman who would sometimes “black out” with attacks of rage for which she always was remorseful. He also sought through his testimony to minimize her role in the slaying.

“I carved every last bit of it,” Shipp testified of the pentagram carved on Slemmer’s chest.

He also testified that he was the one who brought the meat cleaver and box cutter.

Both claims contradicted a statement he gave to Knoxville Police Department Investigator Randy York shortly after the slaying.

“First of all, I was drunk,” Shipp responded when pressed by Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price on why he implicated Pike when interviewed by York, who now works as a bailiff in Leibowitz’s court. “I was tired.”

Price later introduced as evidence a letter Shipp wrote to a former girlfriend in September 1995 in which he recounted the events leading up to Slemmer’s slaying.

Shipp used nicknames for each person involved. He labeled Slemmer “Witch,” himself as “Baby Satan,” Peterson as “Dolla,” and Pike as “Lil Devil.”

“Witch asked Baby Satan if he was going with Witch, Dolla and Lil Devil,” Shipp wrote. “Baby Satan didn’t know what was going on so Baby Satan went and asked Lil Devil. Lil Devil said that they were going to kick Witch’s (expletive) when they got her alone.”

Shipp wrote that he was “cool” with the plan and went with the trio.

Pike, he wrote, grabbed Slemmer by the hair and “started kneeing Witch in the face.”

“Dolla said, ‘Let me have some’ and ran over and took over,” he wrote.

Each time that Slemmer would break free, Shipp wrote that he punched her in the face to stop her. He also described how Pike carved “a six-point star on Witch’s forehead” and how Pike and Peterson made a series of slashes on Slemmer’s face and throat.

All the while, Slemmer was “still alive” and trying to escape, he wrote.

Shipp wrote that he decided to “take” Slemmer’s “soul” so he “cuts the door for Witch (so her) soul can leave.”

“Baby Satan finished what had to be done” and then stepped aside so Pike could kill Slemmer with the rock, he wrote.

Leibowitz will continue hearing witnesses in the case later this year. A final date has not yet been set, although the judge said Monday she wants to conclude the hearings by year’s end.

The case has dragged on for years now in large part because Pike tried to withdraw her appeals and then flip-flopped at the last minute, leading to a landmark state Supreme Court decision.

Since being on death row, Pike has managed to rack up another conviction for trying to kill a fellow Knoxville murderer behind bars in a beef over a Greeneville female killer who Pike claimed as her behind-bars paramour.

Jamie Satterfield may be reached at 865-342-6308.

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