8/31/08

Good News From Darlie's Mom

A letter from Darlie Routiers mom:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The family met this week with Darlie's attorneys. They gave us hope as
to future DNA testing through the federal courts and also encouragement
about the CCA's recent ruling to allow Darlie limited testing of DNA on
some evidence. It is a small step and it will be a long battle to get
most of the testing we want, but I believe it will happen.

Darlie's federal judge, Royal Ferguson, was also the Judge on the Michael
Blair case. For those of you that are not familiar with this Dallas
case, many of the experts and prosecutors on his case have been involved
in Darlie's. Michael was on death row for supposedly murdering a child.
He was found guilty by witnesses and police officers that lied and
experts that were inept and just plain wrong. Michael case was
overturned after 14 years through DNA testing.

This gives me hope that Judge Ferguson will see the same situation in
Darlie's case. Again same experts, same type prosecutors and things
being hidden. It is our hope we will get all the testing we ask for.

It is hard for me to ask for your help again as many of you have helped
Darlie the entire time she has been incarcerated. I have never had to
ask anyone for financial help before this happened to Darlie, but this is
for my daughter's life. I can't put a figure on her life and I have to
do my very best to have everything done for Darlie Lynn as she deserves
this and it is her last chance since we are at the federal level.

The estimate cost for the DNA testing is going to be $50,000. The
Washington Attorney firm who is handling Darlie's case is doing so
pro-bono. They are over budget at this point and that is the only reason
Dick Burr, Darlie's lead attorney, has suggested we try to raise some of
the money for the DNA testing.

I know that somehow we will raise the money; this is in God's hands for
sure and he will provide somehow, someway as he always does.

Bob and I were going to start to build a new home this year as we have
foundation problems to name a few. When I told him the amount the DNA
testing was going to be. his words were "well we don't really need a new
house but we really need to do our very best to save Darlie's life". So
my husband and I will provide half the money.

We have about 4 months to raise the money if our estimated timeframe
holds true. We could get together and have several yard sales for Darlie
and that could possibly raise several thousands. I am open for
suggestions as to how to raise the rest of the money. I think at this
point we could be successful at a fundraiser but haven't a clue where to
begin.

If you know of an organization or church or individual that could
possibly provide funds to help Darlie, please write them or talk to them
or let me know how I can reach them.

I also would want all funds to be sent to Dick Burr, Darlie's lead
attorney. He can disperse it to the experts and laboratories as needed.
I am including his address.

Richard Burr, Attorney
Burr & Welch LLP
412 Main Street, Suite 1100
Houston, TX 77002

I know with the price of gas and the economy today, this is not the best
time to be asking anyone for help financially. I totally understand if
you can't help Darlie at this time. But again, perhaps you know someone
who can. Together we can do anything with the right attitude and focus.

Anyone with items to sell to raise some of the money, I do have an
account on eBay to use. Just one more way we can raise some of the
money.

Below is a list of items we discussed and agree upon for testing. This
is just a partial list and we do not know how much we will get.

Fingerprints in blood from coffee table, utility room door and latent
prints from cut screen. Ideally they will be compared to all officers
and the family that were at the crime scene and if possible run through
AFIS.

Forensic Touch DNA Testing, recently used in Jon Benet Ramsey case. From
what I have read it tests for DNA invisible to the human eye. Most of
you know that this actually cleared the Ramsey Family as far as the
District Attorney's office of Boulder was concerned.

Boys clothing needs to be tested for foreign biological evidence.
Rape test was just a wet smear yet Davis did claim throughout the trial
that this was a rape test that was negative. I don't think this is a
dead issue.

Obtain the 911 reel-to-reel tape so that we can make our own copies, not
accept what the state gave us since it was not complete.

There is a list of suspects and theories that will be worked through by
Richard Reyna our investigator.

The necklace in evidence that was embedded in Darlie's neck, needs to be
examined to again prove it was cut. Location of the cut and the fact
that it was cut proves Darlie was lying down , not at a sink like the
prosecutors told the jury.

The piece of Darlie's nightshirt that was tested by the state had green
fibers on it and jean fibers on it. We need to see if these were
collected separately and tested. If not then we need to test.
The sock needs to be tested completely and this would be a good article
to use the Touch DNA testing.

Darlie Lynn and the attorneys have more evidence for testing which I have
not listed here. We do want our forensic expert, Elizabeth Johnson, to
be present at all testing so we prevent a repeat of what happened in
1996. Dr Johnson's fees will be over $10,000 alone if she is involved
in all DNA testing.

There is much work to be done and if you can not contribute financially,
we would appreciate any involvement of your time you can provide.

At this point, if we could pray in unison every evening, asking God to
reveal all the truth in this case, we will have the most powerful tool
possible to help free Darlie Lynn.

I thank you again for your support. If you have any questions please do
not hesitate to call or email me.

Sincerely,

Darlie Kee

8/30/08


The Associated Press: Ohio jury convicts mom in microwaved-baby case

Another death row contender. This woman says that she did not do this and a young boy has testified that he saw another boy with the baby in the kitchen.
Stay tuned...
Some exciting news from Michelle Byrom and her lawyers yesterday.

Lots of new people are being summoned to appear at her hearing. IMPORTANT people that may finally put an end to her nearly 10 year ordeal.

Important people like the judge and sheriff because they are people who withheld information in the original trial. Plus information about two confessions from the other defendants stating Michelle's innocence and why they weren't entered into evidence.

Michelle's medical evidence was never entered either. A medical expert is now on hand to explain the wide spectrum of meds that she had been prescribed as well as the effects and origins of Munchausen Syndrom from which she has suffered for years.

This should be interesting.

She also talked about her cousin Ann and her wish for me to converse with her. I have written to her and she is a reader of this blog.

Michelle expressed deep pain over her brother. He wrote to her and gave her a few dollars- not nearly enough to cover the astronomical cost of her medication. She has a social security income that has been mostly kept from her since her incarceration. Her brother gave her these few dollars with a note saying that if he had the misguided idea to get himself into a mess like that he would never ask family for money.

Some family, if he'd take the time to read the official court documents and talk with Michelles lawyer he would find that his sister is in fact being railroaded.

Isnt that family loyalty for you.

8/27/08

Why Some Mothers Kill Their Children
More than 200 women kill their children in the United States every year, according to a recent study by the American Anthropological Association. Homicide is the leading cause of death in children under four.
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The Sunday School Killers
How did two Sunday school teachers become cold-blooded killers?
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This is an article about Brenda Andrew and her case.

8/26/08




Do you ever do something just totally random and then get a nice little karmic surprise for your efforts?

For instance:

Early this month I was waiting out a rainy day on the sofa watching some telly. I usually work outside on my front porch and feel stifled if I cant get out. So I grudgingly sat down to eat a sandwich (swamich, as my lovely 5 year old daughter says) and flip through channels. I came across The Amityville Horror, the old 1970's version.

It had been years since I'd seen that movie and I'd always loved it as a kid. As I ate my tomato swamich and watched the movie I suddenly remembered why Id loved it so. Staring at the screen I was reintroduced to my first whiff of puberty by boldly dark and curly Meeno Peluce, who plays the son of the doomed couple.

Rushing back into my head were vague memories (somewhat clouded by paisley polyester and Peter Brady) of a racing heartbeat each time Id catch him in an episode of Silver Spoons or The Incredible Hulk. I was sure my entire family knew what impure thoughts were racing through my head. My Meeno-daydreams included such filthy fantasies as him being transferred to my little Indiana Middle School to escape the pressures of fame and- spying me across a crowded cafeteria- rushed to my side. I could just see his black curls bouncing above the wide collar on his psychedelic, silky shirt. We'd share milk, gaze at each other over the slide projector and he'd walk me to gym while carrying my books and other such wanton junior high debauchery.

I had pictures of him all over my walls and kept a scrapbook each time I caught one of his television appearances.

Sigh... sadly I had to grow up and become an over worked writer eating a tomato sandwich on the sofa and I wondered..."What ever happened to Meeno?"

Wasn't hard to find and he does nothing so bourgeois as eating tomato sandwiches on the sofa watching 70's horror flicks. I googled him and found he has become a photographer and he has most obviously found his true calling. He has shot musicians and celebrities and a whole slew of exotic places but my favorites are of his home and family.

They are so amazingly real and present. Does that make sense?

I've become a reader of his blog and the photos make you feel like your there with him in his gorgeously restored belle of a mansion and his amazing wife and daughters. It's definitely worth a look.

Its so absorbing and entertaining. Like This Old House crossed with Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

I think Meeno and crew should have their own reality show. Id watch it.

8/25/08



Remember Michelle Anderson? She and her boyfriend killed her parents and other family members including two children in Washington last Christmas.
She is now asking for the death penalty and encouraging her boyfriend to do the same.
Her lawyers tried to investigate the possibility that she may be insane in order to deter the death penalty so she fired them and hired new ones!

8/22/08


This may be the new face on death row.
Deborah Jean Hopson
She and her boyfriend have been arrested for the murder of another 19 year old boy.
Ah, a team killer. She did it for love.
What did Martha Beck say?
"In the history of the world how many crimes have been attributed to love?"
It seems she and her boyfriend arranged a meeting by Internet with a gentleman. The fellow was promised money, sex and alcohol so he agreed to meeting at his home.
That's when he was robbed of a PlayStation and some games, a class ring, maybe some cash. I cant remember.
But no one seems clear yet on why he was drowned in a bucket of water after the robbery.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty on both defendants.
We shall see.

8/18/08

Did you know that at least 1 of every 6 serial killers is a chick?
I'm serious.
Who are the serial killers we know of?
BTK, Green River, Ted Bundy, Night Stalker, Gacy, Son of Sam... Shall I go on?

Now, name some famous women serial killers. You know, the ones who the media have celebritized and made larger than life like those we mentioned above.

Um...ok... lets see... there's...um... Oh! Wait! I know!
Aileen Wournous! and then there's ummm....

We don't know anymore, do we. Not real world-wide celebrity status cases.

Why was Aileen chauffeured to celebrity status and not any of the other recent female serial killers?

It is because Aileen was different. She killed like a man. She killed strangers and she killed for profit or gain.
And she killed violently- leaving bodies in her wake easy for anyone to stumble upon.
She did not kill like a woman, that's for sure.
She didn't kill someone she know or even loved. It wasn't for love or in a jealous rage or after years of abuse. She didn't poison them or have her secret lover blow them away.

Aileen could easily fit into the worlds definition of a serial killer. She was a big bull dyke type of gal who wore wife beaters and cupped the front of her cigarette when she smoked. Occasional bar fights were not out of the realm of possibilities and she had a rap sheet a mile long.

What does that say?

We see all men as fully capable murderers. They are all potential soldier and warriors aren't they? Any man may be called on at any time to murder willingly for their country, right?

Women however, are nesters, nurturers- baby makers!
Women don't have it in them to kill. If a woman kills it must be out of some deeply malfunctioning woman part or chick illness, right.

I mean, isn't that rational thought?
You tell me.

8/10/08




I used to write Antionette a lot. In 2005, however she stopped writing to me. I have written to her this week and hope to have an answer soon.
Her brother Adam, in Angola, recently wrote to me.

8/7/08

I found Judy!!!! (Judith Ann Neelley)

I'm so excited. I missed her a lot. She was my favorite because she was very open with anything I asked her.

Last I heard from her she was in Louisiana and I got a phone call right after Christmas. I never heard from her again and I found out she was moved again to Alabama.

So! I'm going to write her again.

She is one that I seriously do believe. Her husband was such a sadistic fuck that I'm surprised that she lived through the ordeal. She grew up right here about 20 miles from my house. I have spoken to the police involved in her arrest and some of her old neighbors.

She is no longer on death row but sits in prison for life.

8/6/08


Offender Details

Donna Marie Roberts- talked her prison lover into killing her common law husband when he got out.
He did.
Now they are both on deathr row in Ohio.
Nicole Diar is the other woman on the row in Ohio and I do write to her.

8/4/08


Today- the live in boyfriend of Melissa Elizabeth Lucio- the newest death row woman goes on trial for his choice to stand by idly as Melissa brutally tortured and beat her 2 year old daughter to death.

Experts claimed she is a victim of domestic abuse and severe violence herself but little about that was brought up in court so i smell a lot of appeals coming.

On February 17, 2007 Harlingen Police found Mariah Alvarez unresponsive at the family’s apartment off of Lee Street. Alvarez was later transported to the emergency room at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

Lucio was arrested on February 18, 2007 by the Harlingen Police Department for the capital murder of her daughter, Mariah Alvarez. Lucio was indicted on May 16, 2007 by a grand jury and arraigned on May 31, 2007.

She has received a death sentence.

8/1/08

Um... hi. Remember me?
I'm Kelly- the chick that writes those death row women?!

Sorry Ive been gone so long.

Since May I have been working on a book that I was contracted for and finally finished! It was probably the hardest thing I ever did in my life. I received the offer for the contract in May and since then I have been steadily plugging along with 25K words a month.

I finally finished! I turned it all in last week! I am so proud of it I cry every time I think of it. I dedicated it to my late mother who was a huge inspiration and my husband and family and a very dear, sweet, long time friend Terry Wells.

It is a nonfiction book on remodeling older homes which has been a life long passion of many of my family members. I have been around such projects all my life and truly enjoyed the process of writing the book.

There is no firm name for the book yet but as soon as publication is complete (I'm hearing mid September latest)I will be sure to post a link!

BUT
Now that I'm finished with it I will be returning to my one true love- my girls.

Michelle Byrom recently wrote me about her cousin and how she had been a reader for years. I have exchanged emails with her and I sincerely hope that this will be the beginning of some real healing for Michelle.

I also heard again from Antoinette Franks brother Adam. I wrote steadily a few years ago but stopped when my mother died. He writes periodically and seems so in need of a friend. If anyone would like to write him please email me or comment here please.

There is also a new woman on death row that Im an eagerly awaiting a letter from. Ill keep you posted.

I want to thank everyone who emailed me so worried. I had no idea so many people were still reading since I changed the blog name. I love you all. (Even the jealous, lurkers!)

Anyway- long story short-Im back!!

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