4/19/15

Amanda Taylor Virginia

Amanda Taylors Facebook 
Can we just take a moment and say WTF?
If any woman has ever just went completely batshit, it is Amanda Barbara Nichole Taylor and is so often the case, it didn't have to happen. The people who loved her tried with all their might to stop her madness and the people they turned to for help dropped the ball. Now there is death and destruction to deal with and it is Amanda who will be punished for it.
Rex Taylor & Grandfather
Amanda and her husband Rex had a torrid love affair marked with drug abuse. Rex hung himself in August of 2014 and Amanda was left a widow with two children at the ripe old age of 24. A short time after his death, Amanda found some letters he had left for her detailing life long, horrific abuse by his father. She had suffered from personality issues her entire life and like most, self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. When Rex hung himself, things grew worse for Amanda. The fact that his father, Charles, had started him on drugs when he was 15 was on a running loop in her head, replaying over and over the fact that he was gone and his father had started the madness.

Sean Ball
She stayed off and on with her mother and her friend Mariah Roebuck before finally committing herself to a mental facility after a suicidal rampage at Rex's grave on the couples shared birthday. She simply lost her mind. Roebuck and her mother expected her to be kept there for quite a while. Her antics and thought processes obviously askew. Surprisingly, she was released three days later on her own recognizance. Thats when she stabbed her father in law to death on April 4th as he lay on the couch in his home.

While staying with her friend Mariah, she began palling around with Sean Ball, another sometime couch-surfer of the Roebuck's. She packed up a folder with strange items like gothic drawings and letters from serial killers her and her husband had written too, all wrapped up with sparkly ink and a picture of her and Rex. Once she was released from the mental institution, things seemed to escalate with her unstable personality issues and Mariah and her husband refused to let her stay with them again and also kicked out Mr. Ball, who had fallen in love and deep infatuation with Amanda. The two became inseparable and he was present when she killed her father-in-law. The pair then went on the run.

Amanda had no intention of going without punishment for her crimes, she planned to punish herself in the ultimate. Nor did she seek to keep her deed a secret. Soon after taking to the road with Mr. Ball, she began to make social media posts claiming responsibility for the murder and explaining that she did it for her husband. Eventually, somewhere down the road they were running on, she tried to kill Mr. Ball and left him bleeding on the side of the road from a gunshot wound.

Shes now in a Virginia jail awaiting her June 19 court date to review mental evaluations and set a hearing.
Amanda & Rex showcasing their dark Obsessions

4/4/15

Anonymous Thank Yous

Yesterday I sent out the book orders for the women on death row for March. $645. Ouch.
This isn't always easy for me guys. I have 7 children in the house and that alone takes a lot of time and money. What I do for these gals is a labor of love. While I do receive donations every now and again, for the most part I provide these services out of pocket.

When I realized how much the Amazon bill was going to be this month I started to feel sick. We are building an addition to our home, have a Easter trip planned tomorrow and as I said, 7 kids. While I love what I do in the prison system and feel a definite sense of pride for what it accomplishes, I don't want to take away from my family to do it.

I tweeted about the issue and decided to wait until later in the evening to make the payment. We colored Easter eggs, made some Shrinky Dinks and grilled some chicken legs. A spring storm ran through and I lost Internet connection for an hour or so. Throughout all the family fun, my mind kept returning to the nearly $700 book order I have to fulfill. Maybe I could do half this week and half next? Or split it up throughout the month of April? Except I knew some of these women were counting on the books for research and classwork. Urgh. What to do, what to do.

After dinner I checked my email to find an Easter miracle, to be sure. One of our Twitter followers donated a large amount for the womens books. I could hardly believe it. I checked the balance over and over from different devices just to make sure I was seeing it right. Wow. WOW! All the books, everything I was asked for in March, was able to be ordered.

I wanted to publically thank him on the blog but he refused. He is afraid of what people will think of his support of women behind bars. Isnt this a bitter sweet victory? People care. They want to help. There are people who know deep in their hearts that the way we treat incarcerated women - guilty or innocent- is inhumane, unconstitutional and horribly hypocritical to say the very, very least. All this is true and yet these good people are afraid to say where their hearts lay. They are afraid of being chastised for caring about another human-being.

That makes me incredibly sad.

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