10/29/10

Mother accused of murdering twin daughters with samurai sword makes first court appearance

 

Mother accused of murdering twin daughters with samurai sword makes first court appearance

The death penalty is on the table for this woman. She almost decapitated one three year old twin and severely sliced up the other. They she stacked them against the door, set the apartment on fire and cut her throat.

A neighbor came in a sliding glass door and found the sword in the hallway along with a bottle of pills.

This article has an eerie picture of her sitting in court staring straight into the camera.

10/28/10

I have always been fascinated with killers, murderers and evil people. Some people believe those of us who have this fascination have had traumatic events in our childhood. While I wont dispute that theory all together I will say that it isn't the whole truth. There are other factors. These are man-made monsters not a mishap of nature. 

If your familiar with me and my work you know that I concentrate on women who kill. I wont say I hold this fascination ONLY because of traumatic events in my childhood but I do know that it plays a large part in it.

I watched my mother go through my childhood badly beaten and in and out of hospitals and homeless shelters running from my abusive father. She would always return to him. i saw this as weak and pathetic as a kid and teen but i also sensed her great strength. I don't know why she returned after each beating but i know that if anyone had reason to snap and kill someone she did. Though she never did i always half expected it. Waited for it... even hoped for it.

Growing up I shared some of her beatings and toted around my own mental abuse. I put myself in some insane situations simply looking for a way out and it was the only way I knew how to live. When I began to get involved with death row women and researched their cases and lives I could always find something I had in common with them. I could always see myself so clearly in their situations and  sympathised with them. I know why some of these women killed their husbands, I know why some snapped and tried to change their whole existence. I know the places their mind went when the shit started to hit the fan.

Sometimes even when you know better your mind tells you differently and for a moment you feel like you have the answer.

I wrote this article some years back on why some women kill their children.

10/27/10

State Goes Overseas For Lethal Injection Drug : NPR

 

State Goes Overseas For Lethal Injection Drug : NPR

More news on Arizona buying their execution drug from Great Britain. They finally coughed up the truth and admitted to buying it overseas. This is just ridiculous folks. Maybe we should look at it as a sign from a higher power. The drugs we use to kill people who kill people are not available in the country.

Executions have been on hold all over the country because of this shortage.

Please, somebody with some brains say something.

10/25/10

Secretly trafficking and then openly using unapproved drugs is now A-OK. That’s the message sent out yesterday by the Arizona Supreme Court, which allowed state officials to conceal their source for sodium thiopental (we know only that it’s NOT Hospira, the one FDA-approved supplier), and to continue with plans to execute Jeffrey Landrigan on October 26.


Normally, if you acquired a controlled substance from a non-FDA approved source and announced your intention to use it for a non-FDA approved purpose, you would expect some sort of legal trouble. But, apparently, as long as that non-FDA approved purpose is putting someone to death, the normal rules don’t apply. Instead, you get to keep the source of your drug supply a secret, and you get to use those drugs however you want.

As for Jeffrey Landrigan, some DNA testing litigation in his case continues, and there is a clemency hearing on Friday. Landrigan’s case is sadly typical, in that his trial lawyer failed miserably to present mitigating evidence, and in that no federal appeals court has cared enough to hold a hearing on that issue. It is a bit unusual in that the judge who sentenced him to death now says she would not have done so, had she been aware of information that lawyer failed to present.

So while it appears the Arizona officials can kill Jeffrey Landrigan with a drug it got from God knows where, there is still a chance to convince them that they shouldn’t.

Teenage ‘Hiccup Girl’ could face death penalty - thestar.com

 

Teenage ‘Hiccup Girl’ could face death penalty - thestar.com

Remember the girl who had hiccups for 5 weeks back in 2007? She is on her way to death row.

10/21/10

Court dismisses 16-year-old murder suspect's education request - KansasCity.com

 

Court dismisses 16-year-old murder suspect's education request - KansasCity.com

Alyssa Bustamante will have to take a GED as opposed to getting her high school diploma. Since she has been charged as an adult she is being treated as any other adult prisoner, in that aspect any way.

Letter from Tiffany Cole today. She was much excited about a recent visit from her mom, little brother and her grandparents who she hadnt seen in some years. She was also able to visit with her mom an extra day, which is a rare occurance.

The most interesting part of the letter was her mention of a new woman coming to the row in Florida. Im assuming she is talking about Ana Cordona who has been on Floridas death row before.

Tiffany laments on how being the only one on FL death row as a woman has affected her:

Its kind of bittersweet. I dont wish this on anyone but at least I wont be "the only one" anymore. My name seems to pop up everywhere because Im the "only one". Like when that woman in Virginia was executed my name was brought up. Im sure if there were to 2 or 3 more here with me i wouldnt be so singled out.

10/14/10

Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber
Dane Batty

Here is a tale of action, adventure and romance. It is real. The characters are still living and this story has yet to end.

Bank robberies, car theft rings and millions of dollars into a life straight out of MGM. Les Rogge tells us how it started, why it kept going and how it ended. We hear first hand tales of sailing away to the Bahamas and weeks on deserted beaches with only the sea and pot loads of money between him.

Its worth the read if your a true crime fan but if your looking for a polished novel with a 007 plot line this is not it. It is a charming tale and the fact that it is told from a family point of view makes it irresistible and almost impossible to put down. You learn how it feels to be a relative of a full tilt bank robber.

Its told from Les Rogges words with occasional side notes from the author, Rogges nephew, Dane Batty, along with occasional remarks from a family standpoint.
There are several photos as well.

For your chance to win a copy of this book email your name to admin@womancondemned.com

10/8/10

From Robin Lee Rowe on the murders of her children:

"I know most of you think everyone on death row claims to be innocent. In my case, it's true! . . . I couldn't leave behind the legacy that if I died everyone would think the children's mother killed them.


"I wanted to die when I heard my children were dead. The pain I felt was excruciating. It was as if my heart had been ripped out of my chest and stomped on, tearing it to shreds. . . At first memories would come rushing back through my mind and they were so hard to handle. A commercial would remind me of my son or I'd hear a song that was my daughter's favorite. All over I'd see them or think of them. The agony was unbearable. . .

"I'm tired. Emotionally drained. I'm lonely. Living in isolation is a hard thing. I wanted out and saw execution as a way out."

Robin Lee Row #40171
PWCC Housing Unit 4
PO Box 6049
Pocatello, Idaho 83205

This is Randy Wood, his mom and his brother.


His letter today was light hearted. I was worried about him. He was so unnecessarily worried about some drivel on a message board about him.

I was informed by his wife about the site and when I looked at it I was sorry he even knew about it. It was all so stupid it barely made sense.



He had spoke before about being in prison for 10 years and that in November he would be recognized for this and able to receive priveldges but nothing was mentioned in this letter.



I worry a lot about this guy. If the Texas justice system can treat him this way then anything can happen.

I believe that he and Darlie Routier have been raped by Texas in the worst ways possible.

Class action: shackling female inmates during childbirth - WORLD Law Direct Forums

 

Class action: shackling female inmates during childbirth - WORLD Law Direct Forums

This is really an amazing piece that brings up some startling ideas. I’m surprised I haven't seen it before.

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First time author Dane batty has generously offered a copy of his book : Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber for give away.

The book details the life and crimes of his uncle, Les Rogge, who made millions in bank robberies and car thefts travelling the world with his wife Judy.

His criminal endeavors seem to fall in his lap and he takes great care to remain as decent a person as possible while executing them. A sparkling wit and generous, genuine personality make it possible for his victims to feel sympathy and admiration for him, hence the years of living on the lam unhindered.

The tale is told by Les himself with intermittent splices of insite by his nephew Dane. It is a true crime tale not often told as criminals rarely pen their own stories. You get a first hand look at how a life of crime starts and ends- straight from the horses mouth,


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10/7/10

Lend Your Voice to the Silenced

Inmates are veritable mutes. They can talk but it is like the dead speaking. Only those who know how to listen can hear them.
It doesn't matter who you were before, or how much money you had, or whose parties you went to or if you won a Nobel prize- you are now a member of the sole society to start everyone at the very bottom rung of the societal ladder.
Incarceration erases your past present and future. You are simply a nonentity to the world.
If you were innocent or at the wrong place at the wrong time or between a rock and a hard place, your still shit outtaluck. No one hears you.
Curiously, so many of these inmates still have thoughts and ideas that are relevant, helpful, useful even. Yet still we continue to push them behind a steel door and disregard their existence.
Get involved with some of the cases you read about here. The more you look, the more humanity you will see. These women are not just a thirty minute episode of Snapped.

They are still alive, still thinking, growing, becoming.
There are still inspiring stories, creative ideas and life lessons to be learned.
Lend your voice to the silenced.

Appeals run out for Harris County woman on death row | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

 

Appeals run out for Harris County woman on death row | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

 

Appeals have all been spent for Susan Basso in Texas. In all honesty she should have been committed to a mental hospital years ago.

10/6/10

Death Penalty Rant
By: Hank Bohannon

Religious people claim that the Bible is the answer book to all of life’s questions, but I think history is a better teacher. If we use history as an example, and if we use history as a guide, there is no compelling argument to advocate any form of capital punishment. Discussing capital punishment is a topic that involves many different aspects, including socio-economic issues as well as race relations, thus such an article can be quite exhaustive, so clearly I am not able to discuss every detail concerning the issue. I only want to discuss a few of the major components.

Some claim that we should still use the Bible’s rule of an eye for an eye. Back in the days when there were no methods of gathering fingerprints, or gathering DNA or gathering blood samples, such a rule seemed necessary to mete out some form of justice. But with such technological advancements, using such a rationale seems highly unsophisticated and determined to not pursue the path that does not lead to intellectual stimulation.

In addition, those who like to use “an eye for an eye” standard are clearly hypocritical. The Bible clearly states that a woman that commits adultery should be stoned on the spot, but oddly enough nobody advocates such a sentence today. Also, the Bible states that a child that disrespects his/her parents should also be stoned. Once again, this practice is not legally or religiously acceptable today. There is no moral or intellectual high ground that the religious people can stand on when it comes to using any sort of religious text as an example of administrating judicial standards.

During the Middle Ages when some peon committed a crime—whether it be a simple theft or a homicide—it was common practice for that person to be swiftly executed and to have that person’s body parts strewn all over the city. The local magistrates wanted to make it clear that crime would not be tolerated. But the odd thing is that there is no evidence that such measures deterred crime. The reason is simple: violence is the father of violence.

Most crimes, especially in regards to homicides, usually happen in the spur of the moment. The parties involved do not stop to think about the ramifications. That is the major reason why capital punishment is not a deterrent to crime. The death penalty is supposed to cause the criminal(s) to stop and think about their actions, but that is clearly not the anatomy of a crime. It is on the same level of thought as saying, “in order to get rid of drunk driving accidents, we will get rid of automobiles.”

In essence, the death penalty is an oversimplified argument used to settle a complicated action

About the author: I like discussing history and politics, and I have a college degree in both. Please visit my site at http://www.xtraxtraxtra.com. Thank you.

10/3/10

The Controversial Death Penalty
By: Triston Huntsmin

There are few topics as controversial among the American government and general population as the death penalty. Few topics spark such heated debates and few issues have people so clearly on one side of the argument or the other. The death penalty is definitely famous for having thinkers on both sides of the fence with few people riding the gray area in the middle.

Many Americans are for the death penalty. In essence they believe that there are certain crimes so heinous that the criminals deserve nothing but death. People who choose to take the life of another through murder, for example, are criminals for whom the death penalty should be in effect. A drug dealer whose dealing leads to the death of people could also be considered a prime criminal to undergo the death penalty. Americans that are pro-death penalty believe that those who take the life of another should not be able to keep their own lives. There are, of course, exceptions for deaths that occur because of war, self-defense, or the killing of say a person who abuses children. These are justifiable deaths that do not require the death penalty.

On the other side of the death penalty debate are Americans who do not believe that the death penalty should exist for many reasons. In general, these Americans believe that it is inhumane to kill even a killer. They believe that even a killer has rights that need to be protected by the law. A huge caution that many people site about the death penalty is surrounding our justice system. Many Americans wonder how to ensure that the death penalty happens to only those people deserving its punishment and they say that because there is no real way to make the punishement infallible, the punishment should not exist.

Because of the injustices of our nation's justice system, many Americans believe that the death penalty should cease to exist. They raise questions such as where should the line be drawn for what crimes deserve the death penalty and what crimes do not? Who is to say what crimes should be punishable onto death and what crimes should allow the criminal to keep their life? Since there are no clear answers to these questions, many say that the death penalty cannot rightfully exist. Or, for example, what if the justice system is wrong in their judgment of a suspected criminal and condemns an innocent person to suffer the death penalty while the real criminal goes free? We can never be fully sure of the justice of our justice system, they say.

Another injustice of the death penalty system that many Americans note is that often criminals without sufficient means to defend themselves are left to die while other criminals with money and power are able to flee the punishment of the death penalty simply because they have the means to beat the system. How just is the punishment if not all criminals are given equal opportunity to present their case?

There are endless questions that plague people on both sides of the death penalty debate. The only for sure thing about the issue is that it is highly debatable and complicated for our nation to agree upon.

About the author: Triston Huntsmin is the author of articles on various controversial topics. His goal as a writer is to get people to think about issues from more than one perspective. Learn more about the death penalty at http://www.deathpenaltynews.info

10/2/10

Article: TO KILL, OR BE KILLED

 

Article: TO KILL, OR BE KILLED

This is a fascinating article  on the prison that Kenneth Bianchi of the Hillside Stranglers is currently in.

Natasha Cornett