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.

[J-178-2006] IN THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA EASTERN DISTRICT CAPPY, C.J., CASTILLE, SAYLOR, EAKIN, BAER, BALDWIN, JJ.

This is official Supreme Court version of what happened with Beth Markman when she and her boyfriend killed the girl, Leslie White, that he had cheated on her with.

I used to write to Beth and I do believe that she is a decent woman. There is record of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her boyfriend for years before the murder and the night before he held her hostage with a knife, cutting and raping her for hours. But she got extremely angry at me. She asked me what I had read about her online. So I printed the article Id found and sent it to her. She became enraged and refused to write to me anymore. Go figure.
When I read about Beths case I often wonder what I would have done in her shoes. I have seen my mother beatten to a bloody pulp when I was a girl and I know that there were times she would have done anything to stop it.


Beth is no longer on death row but in county jail awaiting her retrial.