Showing posts from June 28, 2015

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…

Update on Ashlee Martinson Wisconsin

You might remember Ashlee. We talked about her in March. She is the teenage horror blogger who murdered her parents. She stabbed and shot her mother and step-father and then locked her three sisters in the basement. She had been arguing with her step father over her much older boyfriend. After the crime she fled to Indiana to be with him.

She was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of false imprisonment. This month, she entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Part of the case building against her entails the lurid description of her crime that she blogged about under the name VampChick. The next step is for her to undergo psychiatric counselling before she returns to court for a hearing on the 28th of September 2015.

How California’s Prison Reform Law Will Fight Overincarceration of Women

How California’s Prison Reform Law Will Fight Overincarceration of Women
Dani McClain

When major strides are made in criminal justice reform—as just happened in California with the passage of Proposition 47, a law that will reduce penalties for nonviolent, low-level crimes—we tend to assume that those who will directly benefit are men of color, particularly black men. After all, if current incarceration trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to do time in prison. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, has stunned audiences nationwide by reporting that more black men are in prison or jail, or on probation or parole today than were enslaved in 1850.

But while statistics like these are devastating, it’s also true that the number of women behind bars has spiked in recent decades. In the past thirty years, women have entered US prisons at nearly double the rate of men. The population of people housed in women’s jails and prisons has grown by more than 800 p…