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My Daughter Has Felony Drug Convictions Now What?

Chelsea Richardson Removed from Death Row

Chelsea will be resentenced to life within the next 30 – 45 days. I do write to Chelsea and have spoken with her mother. It has always been a bone of contention among the family that Chelsea was the only one of all the kids involved to get a death sentence.It made no real sense in the first place since there was the least amount of physical evidence that pointed to her. Some evidence was even held from the trial proceedings and that, in fact, is why she will receive a new sentencing hearing.According to Chelsea and her family, Stephanie Toledano was the mastermind of the murders of Chelsea’s boyfriends parents. She had been staying with Chelsea, her mom and her brother because she was having trouble at home. The fact that certain evidence was withheld from the trial has caused may remarks about misconduct by prosecutors in the case. Sadly this is seen so, so often. A prosecutor wants to win so bad they misrepresent the case or sometimes just wants the case solved so bad they lie to th…

Writing as Prison Therapy

It is astounding to me how few benefits people attribute to the simple act of writing a letter. The very fact that it's so involuntary to human kind should tell us something. The urge to write down thoughts and ideas is apparent in all of us.Why is it so hard then for so many to believe that writing is a healing art that can be used in rehabilitation.

Writing and reading written correspondence is still so effective that counselors recommend it to work out relationship problems and personality issues. Psychologists tout the benefits of journalling and writing letters to significant others, even if they are never read. It makes living easie, but also encourages the acceptance and understanding of death.

Letters, for the most part, have gone the way of the Dodo Bird. In this day and age of digital media and instant communication, inmates may be the only ones reading and writing letters on a regular basis anymore.In their life's restrictions from the world, culture and humanity, …

Unrequited Love - Women Who Love Serial Killers and Men on Death Row

anuary of 2003, a waitress in Germany named Dagmar Polzin saw the picture of a convicted murderer while waiting at a bus stop in Hamburg. The photo was of Bobby Lee Harris, posted by an anti-death penalty group. Bobby Lee of North Carolina was on death row for stabbing his boss to death during a robbery. Polzin was profoundly influenced by the photo of Bobby Lee and fell in love that moment.

Later she said: "It was something in his eyes; there was this remorse, the sadness. I was attracted and knew he was the one." In less than a year Polzin and Harris was engaged and she moved to North Carolina to live with his family. For many who read these words this story is astonishing; but if you saw the picture that Polzin fell in love with it would difficult to understand. Harris may be very charming with qualities of a good husband; but he is no leading man. Right now there are more than one hundred British and German women engaged or married to men on death row in the United Stat…

Lorie Ann Taylor Keller of Virgina

Lorie Ann Taylor Keller of Virgina is still awaiting trial for the murder of her ex-husband, his new wife and her 5 year old daughter.
Her trial has been postponed to February 12,2013. If convicted, Lorie would become the third woman since 1953 to be put to death in Virginia by federal prosecutors. Her new husband and co defendant is not facing death.
Ms. Onita Higdon is a 53 year old grandmother who fatally stabbed her sons girlfriend in front of their three year old son.
She seems to be exhibiting signs of mental illness, mumbling in court and speaking out at random moments.
She claims to not have planned the murder. Apparently, an altercation broke out at the sons home in Highland Park, Michigan.
Onita was seen by neighbors and police brandishing an ax and a kitchen knife.
She held her grandchild  and his mother, Milah Perry, hostage for several tense hours before killing Perry and surrendering to the police.