Robbin Machuca California

Robbin Machucca, one of the four California Mall Murder assailants sent me a letter I received last week. I have about three or four letters from Eileen Huber, another assailant in that set of spree killings that terrorized the California countryside in 1991.

It was Eileen's boyfriend and Robbin's brother, John Lewis, who was the ringleader on a quest to "get back at society" for all the perceived shortcomings he'd been dealt in his life. Robbin's boyfriend, Vincent Hubbard, was also a player in this deadly game where five people lost their lives.

Robbin's letters are slightly different from Eileen's, despite having spent the last two decades together paying for the three months of deadly terror they participated in. Eileen talks of regret and an overwhelming sadness. Her letters are filled with determination to take what hours she has left to fill and turn them into markers of accomplishments dedicated to the victims of the Puente Hills Mall killings. She takes classes and works at prison jobs. She volunteers and has written a memoir, which she distributes to area girl's juvenile facilities. She asks for addresses of girls detention centers and self help classes.

Robbin is equally as repentant, but handles it vastly different. While her letter was filled with regret and shame, there was a touch of self-pity. She repeatedly referred to her crimes as "regrettable", "disgusting" and "shameful". She urged me to "google my name because I cannot bear the shame of repeating the awful things I was involved in". She also laments long and hard about her situation, her lack of family, friends and funds and how long she has been incarcerated, 22 years, without actually having murdered anyone. She asks for letters. She asks for commissary money and  for information on lion prides.

I feel for her. I don't think she should have gotten LWOP. She was young and impressionable and coming from an abusive home, had no real shot at life to begin with. However, it's women like her that allows me a little understanding of those people who refuse sympathy to women like Robbin. While both Robbin and Eileen were knowing accomplices to their men on a three month long, cold blooded murder spree, they have come to terms with it differently.


  1. This was well written :) . I enjoyed it very much as was tempted to comment !!!. I agree with you but watching one of the victims husband cry made me hurt for him even more . . . :( I know Robbin feels bad about what she's done since she's had all the time to freaking sit and think . . . I wish we knew more about her and her brothers upbringing because I feel as though they were done wrong too and had no way out of their situation and went down the same route there mother went down (minus killing) . . . I'm surprised she's written back Robbin is in my prayers along with the victims and their families. . . .
    1)did Robbin say why she wrote you back
    2)did you write her brother & ex boyfriend
    3)does she get visits from her children
    4)did you send her money
    5)did she go into detail about her upbringing ??? I watched that episode of Wicked Attraction and I've always wondered what happened to them!!! Idk if LWOP was harsh or what they deserved all I'm saying is I'm glad they were caught

  2. She said she answered me because our lives were similar and she was interested in some of the things I offer. I have not written her brother or her ex. She said she hasn't had a visit in many years.I did not send her money but I did send her a list of correspondence schools, a book she asked for, some colored pencils and stamps. She has told me some of her childhood. It was horrible.

    1. Thank you Robin & John are my cousins.


    1. Thanks so much for reading and commenting and having an interest. I appreciate it.


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