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Michelle Byrom

I am so proud and excited to announce that Michelle Byrom, held on Mississippi death row for 16 years is now a free woman and living 30 miles from me. I wrote to Michelle for ten of those 16 years. She is kind and wonderful woman who suffered imaginable hell.

She was convicted for the murder of her husband even though her son confessed to the murder and she was in the hospital when the murder occurred. Her jury wasnt even allowed to see the evidence that proved her innocence until her 2014 retrial.

I'll be visiting the lovely Michelle tomorrow to hear all about her experience and to help her begin her new life. I am so excited!

Iowa Woman Receives Commendation but Denied Release

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/crime/article/Iowa-court-lauds-woman-who-killed-as-teen-but-6352091.php

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The parole board, not a judge, must decide whether to release a woman who has been rehabilitated in prison after killing a man in 1987 when she was a teenager, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Even as it praised her remarkable turnaround, the court overturned a judge's order that would have let Yvette Louisell immediately out of the women's prison in Mitchellville. Now her fate rests with the Iowa Board of Parole, which has refused to release other inmates who were juveniles when they committed killings despite pressure from courts to consider doing so.

The ruling disappointed Louisell's supporters and sentencing reform advocates, who argue she's exactly the type of reformed offender who should no longer be behind bars.

Now 44, Louisell was a bright but troubled 17-year-old Iowa State University student when she stabbed 40-year-old K…

Gypsy Blancharde Missouri

This is a weird one. Gypsy lived in Missouri with her mother, Clauddinnea Blancharde, where the two existed on a stream of elaborate financial frauds. Investigations are still pending but it seems the family claimed to be hurricane Katrina victims from which they solicited donations and many neighbors thought Gypsy was suffering from Muscular Dystrophy. They never saw her out of her wheelchair and she seemed genuinely afflicted by the disease from which they received many donations.

Gypsy, 23, met Nicholas Godejohn, 26, online and the two fell in love. As the story goes so far, Gypsy talked him into killing her mother so the two could be together. Perhaps Clauddinnea was growing afraid that a new relationship for Gypsy meant an end to her many scams. Whatever the reason, the two murdered her on June 14 with several stab wounds.

They took several thousand dollars from a safe in the house and left the house in a cab. They wrapped up the murder weapon and mailed it to Nicholas's hou…