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.
With so much happening with Gaile, who if not innocent is not quite guilty either, at least not deserving of a death sentence, I have given some thought latley to the women who do not have such gray area cases. Cases like Cynthia Coffman, Cynful Cyndi as she liked to be called. She claimed abuse also but had no documentation of it. She sits on California death row and has for many, many years.

I also wonder about another California woman, Janeen Marie Snyder. She, 26, and her boyfriend, 50, kidnapped, raped and killed women. Then disposed of thier bodies. There are still bodies floating around that authorities believe she had something to do with but can not prove. She also claimed abuse and while psychologists agreed she was dominated by her  much older lover they said she was also a willing participant. The American Judicial Society said "Defense also presented evidence that Thorton had a sexual relationship with Snyder since age 13 and had a history of child abuse."


Who decides? What is the factor that says she will live and she will die?