1/18/13

Isaac Zamora- Washington

In my last conversation with Isaac before they moved him to a prison I tried to get him to enter into the College Guild program, which is close to my heart as my long time readers know. This program would be perfect for him. He is literate and smart and finally coming out of the haze that has been his life for so long.

College Guild would allow him an outlet for all the things going on in  his head. He is so limited as to the things he can do for entertainment.

This move to prison is so counter productive. He was deemed to dangerous to be in a hospital. He is the only prisoner ever to be moved from a state hospital to a prison WITHOUT STATE CONSENT.

Isaac is mentally ill. This is a proven fact. How is it ok to send a mentally ill person to prison?

1/11/13

Shawna Forde - Arizona


Shawna Forde had no chance at anything but the death penalty when she committed her crimes, the murders of father and daughter Raul and Brisenia Flores.

Shawna and her cohorts hated immigrants and belonged to a group that vowed to protect America from illegal immigration.  She  founded, and was Executive Director of the Minutemen American Defense (M.A.D.), a splinter group of  Minutemen Civil Defense CorpsSince 2007, she had been involved in vigilante activities and later joined the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. However, she was asked to leave the organization in February 2007 after members described her as being "unstable."

She thought of herself as some type of feminine political force and even ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Everett, Washington City Council in 2007. She had several run-ins with law enforcement throughout her life prior to her arrest for the double murder. Court records show that she served time in juvenile lock-ups for repeated convictions involving theft, burglary and prostitution.

Forde has married four times. In 1989, her boyfriend sought court protection from her, claiming that she had physically attacked him and threatened to hurt herself with a knife.

While running for the Everett City Council, her son was convicted of assaulting her employer. In January 2008, Forde accused members of a drug cartel of sexually assaulting and shooting her; however, she later suggested the alleged culprits were actually criminal associates of her son. Forde's brother alleged that she fabricated the story, and authorities closed the case due to insufficient evidence.

With that lovely history she went on to plan and commit the murders in order to rid the world of immigrants.

The only problem was that both of her victims were American born. American citizens. They burst into the home and attempted to kill the wife and mother, Gina Gonzalez but missed. She played dead and when the killers were distracted she called 911. They shot and killed her husband and daughter.

 From the transcript:
Gonzalez: "They shot me and I pretended like I was dead. My daughter was crying. They shot her, too.

Operator: "Are they still there, the people who, that shot them?"

Gonzalez: "They're coming back in! They're coming back in!" (Gunfire.)

On February 14, 2011, Shawna Forde was found guilty of all eight counts for which she was being prosecuted: two counts of first degree murder for Raul and Brisenia, one count of attempted first degree murder for Brisenia's mother, Gina Gonzalez, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of burglary, armed robbery, and aggravated robbery. On February 22, 2011, she was sentenced to death by a Tucson jury, becoming the 3rd woman on Arizona's death row.

1/8/13

Janeen Marie Snyder- Californias Answer to Karla Holmolka

Michael Thornton and Janeen Marie Snyder.


I am considering adding Janeen Marie Snyder to my ever growing list of inmate correspondence. She seems so much like Karla Holmolka but then quite different at the same time. She lured these women to please this man but he was considerably older than she was. Strange, indeed. Judy Neelley was in the same situation. She lured young girls to Alvin or faced severe beating.

Here is Janeen's current web page requesting a penpal.

Michael Thornton and Janeen Marie Synder murdered two young girls, 14-year-old Jesse Kay Peters and 16-year-old Michelle Curran. Both girls were abducted, sexually assaulted, and killed. They targeted young girls as sexual targets, the objects of Michael's sexual fantasies, and Janeen Synder acted as the bait to get the girls to Michael Thornton. Not unlike the Gallegos or Judy and Alvin Neelley and of course Karla and Paul Bernardo. Once she got them to him, he made sure the girls never escaped, abused and exploited them sexually, and then murdered them. For their roles in the murders of the two girls, both Michael Thornton and Janeen Marie Snyder were sentenced to death in California.

In 1996,Michael Thornton's daughter, then 16, asks if a troubled friend can stay with them in the house, Janeen Snyder. Michael Thornton allows Janeen to come into the house and the two form the beginning of what would be a a sick sadistic duo. Michael Thornton and Janeen Snyder, both meth users, feed off of drugs and sex. Michael Thornton, a sexual sadist, has fantasies that he wants to fulfill with young girls. He decides that Janeen would be the perfect partner of his to lure young girls to him for his sexual pleasures. The two plot it out and then put the sick plan into reality.

Later that year in 1996, the first gruesome incident occurs. Cheryl Peters works for Michael Thornton in a hair salon that he owned in California. She made her living doing other women's hair and was content working for Michael for a while. However, one day, Cheryl has an argument with her boss, Thornton, and, in rage, quits the job on the spot. The other hair stylists in the shop, fed up as well, follow suit and walk out with her. Angered by the event, Michael Thornton scopes out Cheryl's house and goes after her daughter, 14-year-old Jesse Kay Peters. Michael uses Janeen to lure Jesse out of the house. Janeen's charm works as planned and they're able to get her into the car. Once Michael has custody of Jesse, the couple take her to his house. While Snyder watched, Thornton handcuffed Jesse to his bed and raped her. He drowned her in his bath rub and dismembered her body. He put the parts into containers and dumps her into the Pacific Ocean.

Michael and Janeen become deadly partners in crime. They continue to feed on drugs and sex. They become filled with sexual passion for each other. But soon tire of the routine. Michael gets bored with Janeen alone and decides they should seek out some other young girls to spice up the action. They scout out local places, looking for a target.

5 years after the death of Jesse Peters, in 2001, Michael Thornton spots 16-year-old Michelle Curran in Las Vegas, Nevada and decides that she is the one who will be his next chosen target.

Janeen gets out of the car. Being a girl and young just like Michelle Curran, she gains instant rapport with Michelle. The charm and deceit work as Michelle eventually is coaxed and follows Janeen into Michael's vehicle. Once in, there is no escaping for Michelle. Michael tells her he has a gun. From then on, the two have Michelle as theirs. The couple keep Michelle for several weeks, sexually molesting her all the while. After a while, they decide that Michelle knows too much about their inner circle and must die. Michael and Janeen trespass on a horse's ranch in Ribidoux, California, and decide to kill Michelle there. They first torture her in a room on a ranch which was laced with all types of ropes, ties, and other paraphernalia. Michael then gives Janeen a gun and she delivers the fatal blow to the head of Michelle Curran.

For their roles in the crime of Michelle Curran, Michael Thornton and Janeen Snyder were given death sentences.

1/2/13

Tanya Jaime Nelson California


Tanya Jaime Nelson, 46, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, was given death for the murder of two Asian women, fortune teller Ha Smith and her daughter Anita Vo.

The case caused quite a stir when the heads and hands of the victims were found coated in white paint. The details are so bizarre the case was featured in season 4 of Wicked Attraction. (Watch it below)
From OCWeekly:
Ha Jade Smith, 52, and her daughter Anita Nhi Vo, a 23-year-old college student, were found dead in Mrs. Smith's Little Saigon home on April 22, 2005. They died of hideous multiple stab wounds to their faces and necks. Both also had cuts on their hands, suggesting that they had attempted to resist their attacks. What most baffled officers was why nearly a gallon of white paint had been poured over their heads and hands.

"I haven't come across anybody else who has had a case in which the victim's heads and hands were covered in paint," police Det. Tim Vu said at the time. "I've had calls from colleagues in other departments, too. They feel kind of fascinated by that. It's just not something that happens. . . . This is by far the most bizarre thing I've seen."

"Many theories have been put forward to attempt to the explain the significance of the paint," New Criminologist, an online journal of criminology professionals, posted two weeks after the crime. "White is traditionally worn at Vietnamese funerals, the color is symbolic of mourning and rites of passage. Actors in traditional Vietnamese theater painted their faces white for performances, or maybe an unhappy client used paint to ward off evil spirits."

As New Criminologist pointed out, Smith was a respected figure among the 30,000 Vietnamese who live in the area and she took in clients from as far away as New York, "desperate for her words of wisdom on love, business, spell-casting and what the future held." Most clients would have gone to Smith's home and paid up to $15,000 for her services in cash.

Police discovered Smith's home had been ransacked. "[D]rawers had been turned out, furniture had been tipped over, and papers were scattered throughout the location," according to New Criminologist. "However, hidden stockpiles of money and jewelery were undiscovered and untouched."

She'd been victimized before, having been tied up and robbed of $372,000 in jewelry and money in 2001. She'd apparently changed the locks and placed iron bars over the windows of her home. But police investigating the murder scene saw no signs of forced entry, the bars were in place, and all the doors were locked. That would indicate the killer(s) knew the victims, allowing them inside. Which, despite the bizarre white paint, prompted this from New Criminologist: "Another possibility could be that the paint is simply a red-herring; implying a cultural significance to what essentially could be a straight forward murder-robbery."

That's exactly what the jury found, that Tanya Jaime Nelson, 45, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., killed the mother and daughter to rob the fortune teller and get her hands on Smith's expensive jewelry. The exact verdict was guilty of first-degree murder with special circumstances including murder of multiple victims, murder during the commission of robbery, and murder by lying in wait.

UPDATE: Nelson's formal sentencing is scheduled for March 26.

Her co-defendant, Phillipe Zamora, 55, also of Roanoke Rapids, pleaded guilty April 14, 2009, to two felony counts of first degree murder.


1/1/13

Brooke Marie Rottiers- California

Brooke Rottiers is over 200 lbs and stands nearly 6 feet tall. She was also a prostitute. A specialty niche of the trade would be my guess.

She has been sentenced to death by lethal injection for murdering two day laborers. She and two accomplices, Omar Hutchinson and Franchune Epps,  lured the men to her room after an afternoon of drinking with the promise of sex. Once there they were tied up, strangled, tortured, and suffocated.

According to the D.A. report, she shoved her gigantic bra and panties down their throats, covered their heads in plastic, beat them and wrapped their bodies in bed sheets. With the help of her partners in crime she put them in the trunk of her car and drove to a remote lake area and parked.

Somewhere Brooke went wrong. The defense brought many witnesses stating what a kind and attentive mother she was and how she eventually became a prostitute after becoming addicted to drugs.  Many of her close friends and relatives do not believe she did this willingly but others who knew her while she was an addict say it is all to possible.

There is also the school of thought that Omar was the ring leader. He received a life sentence but stands by his statement that Brooke, who stood several inches taller and outweighed him by at least 25 lbs forced him into it. The world may never know.