17 YO Female Killer of 8 YO girl Speaks Out

TerriLynn McClintic is the young woman, who with her male accomplice, lured a small 8 year old blonde haired beauty of a child and drove away with her where she was tortured raped and killed.

TerriLynn knew the family and it didn't take long to follow the surveillance cameras straight to her front door. She admitted to her crimes readily, taking responsibility for the abduction and nothing else.

Slowly, as time in jail took a toll on her, her mind made the inevitable conclusion that "this was all real". It was really happening. Despite being raised as almost feral, spending her entire life fighting tooth and nail for survival, she slowly began to realize that life didn't have to be that way. It's hella confusing that she first witnessed happiness in life only after receiving a life sentence. Where was Canada Child Services when young TerriLynn was learning her survival skills? The life skills she had to learn for survival are vastly different than the rest of us. Why doesn't that matter? Why dont we ever take responsibility, as a societal whole for the part we play in making girls like TerriLynn?

My next book is about Terrilynn McClintic, the devastating, heinous murder of tiny 8 year old Tori Stafford and the part TerriLynn played in it. I contacted TerriLynn in the hopes that she would collaborate with me on some of the dates and places and things only she would know. She refused. She said she had a guard look up this blog and had decided I only used the blog to make money and she wanted no part of being anyone's "moneymaker". She felt it would cause the victims family pain.

I was devastated but... the show must go on. I am under contract so I have to produce something.I wrote TerriLynn back and let her know that there are several books being written about her and I reminded her I was the only one who'd asked her side and that I make 0 money off this blog. If, by some one-in-a-million chance someone clicks that donate button on the left the money goes to help inmates buy their meds, books and supplies. No money for Kelly :( , but it does save me some money because I then have some help paying for those things. I also do not glamorize the crime, despite what some commenters suggest. Showing the crime from the criminals side and showcasing their pasts does not mean I condone their crimes.

Despite my disappointment, I began to search out reporters who covered the case in an attempt at finding first-hand accounts and legal documents. I've been researching and writing about her life since last December.
Ruby Tuesday's in Tullahoma, TN loves writers :)
I often stop at my local Ruby Tuesdays to eat a bit of lunch, have a glass of wine, research and write without my boyfriend hanging out in the room with me blaring every surviving Alaska show on NatGeo or Call of Duty on his PS4 (he needs friends, look for rebarman and help him out :) ) or the kids interrupting me every 7 seconds.
The bartenders know me and they let me spread my crap out all over. I love watching them try to quickly scan the pages in front of me in search of a gory detail. I always go early to avoid the lunch rush and not take up their precious settings with my reams of research and crime scene photos. (Yes, I drink wine at 11 a.m.. Don't judge me, creative people are eccentric :))

It never fails that questions would pop into my head that only she could answer. I considered writing Michael Rafferty to get some sort of answers. I looked up and found little Tori's mom but have yet to get to the point of contacting her with questions.

Then it happened.

TerriLynn McClinctic Letters

I got a letter from her yesterday. I was happier than a gopher in soft dirt. For those who aren't aware of the feeling that people like me get (no, I'm not the only one) when we get a letter from an inmate we are really interested in- it's like opening the mailbox and finding $500 and a $100 Red Lobster gift certificate on half price cocktail night.

I held it and wondered a million things. There was no return address, the only way I knew it was her was because she is my only Canadian inmate and the postage was Canadian. Once I stopped smiling my brains out and running through the house telling everyone, I sat on my bed and felt it. It was thick. Very thick, to thick to be a "fuck you, bitch" letter which I had been halfheartedly expecting, if anything at all. I opened it.

I was thoroughly surprised to find she had filled out the questionnaire and consent agreement I have everyone sign. Also inside the envelope was a three page letter that was very grateful and humble. She stated she'd like to start a  correspondence with me and that we had a lot in common.

She told me this odd little story that was really about her hideous childhood, though she barely mentioned it. She said she'd had to be hard-hearted in her youth to protect herself from rape and robbery and other things too vile for a little girl to endure. In the beginning it was just little TerriLynn trying to survive but by the end she was just a shell of what used to be a person, a little girl. Her first long stint in a juvenile facility was 1 1/2 years and she told me she used every opportunity she could to her advantage, no matter who got hurt. She said a matronly guard stopped her one day and said;
"Terri, you can't keep living like this, one day it will all fall down and all these unfamiliar emotions will come in and the wrong person will be around."
 She said she thinks of that encounter everyday because that is exactly what happened. She told me a few other short life tales about her emotions for Michael and the Manson-like vice he held her in. When we talked about the book, she told me that she had tried to kill herself so many times and could never accomplish it. She had never experienced anything that made her want to stick around and thought maybe she'd have better chances in the afterlife. Time after time she attempted suicide, she always pulled through in some unbelievable manner. She said she's always wondered why God wouldn't take her. Why she had to stay when so many good, worthy and productive people died everyday.

Now, she says, she understands. Everything she has lived through, survived, experienced, and witnessed is a lesson waiting for some other young girl, because there are thousands. TerriLynn feels if she can get her story out there, there is a chance it could save the life of another little girl raising herself on the streets of Quebec and sparkling new lives like Tori's.

So now the real writing begins. All the prose I've penned, garnered from police reports and court documents, will be joined by a first person account of life on the hard streets of Ontario when no one cares for you. We'll learn how a teen girl musters the ability to perform hideous acts and how innocent lives that can be decimated when a child is left to raise herself.


Janet Burski Got One Daughter to help Kill the other

We talked about Janet before but I have had two or three emails and tweets asking for an update. It looks like her pretrial is still pending but I reached out to a writer colleague in Ohio to see if she has any important deets. Ill let you know what she says.

Hannah Tyburski charged with 4 felony counts in connection with her sister’s death 
I did find one little enticing tidbit to this case. Janet strangled her adult daughter Rachael to death. First reports didnt report this but its recently been discovered that Janet's other daughter, Hannah 27, helped in the murder and disposal of the body in a nearby field.

She says she only helped her mother dispose of the body. Although there has been no official release as to the motives of this filicidal family but police reports show a long history of turmoil between Rachel and her mother. Janet Tyburski, 46, faces one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of abuse of a corpse.


Most Fun Ways to Blow a Death Penalty Case

Thirteen years ago, speaking at the University of the District of Columbia, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticized the effectiveness of court-appointed lawyers for low-income people facing capital punishment. "People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty," she said. "I have yet to see a death case among the dozens coming to the Supreme Court on eve-of-execution stay applications in which the defendant was well represented at trial."
She wasn't the first to draw this connection. In 1994, the legendary lawyer and death penalty opponent Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, wrote a seminal essay for the Yale Law Journal titled "Counsel for the Poor: The Death Sentence Not for the Worst Crime But for the Worst Lawyer."
Very little has changed in the intervening 20 years. In 1997, for instance, a Georgia jury imposed a death sentence on Robert Wayne Holsey. (See  "This Man's Alcoholic Lawyer Botched His Case. Georgia Executed Him Anyway.") In short, Andy Prince, Holsey's lead attorney, was a problem drunk, in and out of hospitals, who drank a quart of vodka a night during the trial. He was facing assault charges following a racist outburst, and would later be disbarred and sentenced to prison for stealing from a client. His client now stands at the precipice of execution. As outrageous as this sounds, it is hardly uncommon. Capital jurisprudence is replete with examples of lawyers who were drunk or sleeping during trials, who demeaned their clients in front of the jury, who missed key deadlines or used a "one brief fits all" appeals format. Yet the quality of capital representation can literally be the difference between life and death. Here are 10 cases highlighting things a good death penalty attorney should never do—and situations that would be funny were they not so deadly serious.


State: Pennsylvania
Attorney: Norman Scott
Client: Willie Cooper
Circumstances: Cooper had already been convicted of killing his brother's pregnant girlfriend when Scott rose during the trial's penalty phase, intending to ask the jury to sentence his client to life without parole, rather than death. Here's what he said:
When you go back there, someone may say, as the District Attorney referred: You must impose the death penalty because of an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, and if that happens, I will ask you to…request that a Bible be sent back to you, and when you get that Bible, turn to the book of Exodus, Chapter 21, Verse 24, and you will see those very words: an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. And at that moment in time, you will think that you know what it means, but you won't, because in order to know what it means, you have to read verse 22 and 23 in front of it, which says that if there is an assault on a woman, and that woman is pregnant, and that woman loses the child, and there is damage beyond that to the woman, then an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. You may go back there, and you may think that you have to impose the death penalty in this case because that is the worst thing that anyone can ever do to anyone else.
Predictably, the jury asked for a Bible, but the judge refused, saying it would be "inappropriate."
Outcome: The jury sentenced Cooper to death. Scott later claimed he had been aware of the victim's pregnancy, but made his biblical argument out of habit. The trial judge granted Cooper a new sentencing—in 2009, a new jury sentenced him to life in prison.


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State: Georgia
Lawyers: Ben and Dorothy Atkins
Client: Jack Carlton House
Circumstances: Ben and Dorothy Atkins were husband-and-wife real estate lawyers, and neither had read Georgia's new death penalty statute. They didn't even realize that there would be a separate sentencing phase after their client was convicted. Ben Atkins learned he would be lead counsel in the case two days before the trial commenced. He did not visit the crime scene or interview any witnesses. While the prosecution examined a critical police witness about an alleged confession by the defendant—who claimed it had been beaten out of him and had many bruises on his body as evidence—Ben Atkins was outside parking his car. He conducted the officer's cross-examination anyway. Here is his closing argument in its entirety:
May it please the Court, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, any lawyer who finds himself in this position cannot help but feel somewhere along the way there must be something that he could have done to have brought about a different decision; he always does. I must admit I have never been in this position before. I think there has been enough dramatics already, and all I would like to leave with you for your own sake is, "Vengence is mine, saith the Lord." Thank you.
Outcome: House was convicted and sentenced to death. Eleven years later, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted him a new trial. Faced with the possibility of another death sentence, House pleaded guilty and received a sentence of life with the possibility of parole. He remains in prison.


State: Kentucky
Attorneys: William Hagedorn and John Foote
Client: Gregory Wilson
Circumstances: In 1988, Judge Raymond Lape Jr. could not find attorneys to handle Wilson's trial, and posted this plea on the courtroom door: "PLEASE HELP. DESPERATE. THIS CASE CANNOT BE CONTINUED AGAIN." Two lawyers responded. John Foote had never even tried a felony case, let alone a murder, and William Hagedorn had no office, no copy machine, no staff, and no law books. Instead, he practiced out of his home, where he displayed a flashing Budweiser sign. His business card gave the phone number of Kelly's Keg, a local bar. Foote later said in an affidavit that Hagedorn "manifested all the signs of a burned-out alcoholic." Wilson's trial was complicated by a further fact: His codefendant, a former prostitute named Brenda Humphrey, was having an affair with a judge who was a friend of Lape, the trial judge.
Outcome: Wilson, exasperated by the horrendous lawyering he was receiving, finally decided to represent himself. His opening statement was simply: "I am not a lawyer, and I'm not guilty." The judge ordered the appointed lawyers to assist Wilson, but a witness said that Hagedorn came and went and was present less than half the trial. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals nonetheless upheld Wilson's conviction and death sentence—a dissenting jurist wrote that Wilson was convicted in a "kangaroo court." He remains on death row.


State: Pennsylvania
Attorney: Gary Server
Client: Lionel Campfield
Circumstances: Campfield was arrested in October 2008 and charged with two counts of murder—the commonwealth announced shortly thereafter that it would seek the death penalty. Apparently, neither the prosecutors nor Campfield's own lawyers (Server was the sentencing lawyer) ever bothered to ask their client his age. On the eve of the trial, more than a year after he was appointed to the case, Server finally filed a motion stating that Campfield was only 16 at the time of the crime, and therefore was ineligible for the death penalty. When asked by the Philadelphia Inquirer how he felt facing a possible death sentence, Campfield replied, "I laid down with that every night. I was scared. I was 16 when they said I did this. It was [the lawyers'] responsibility to do something about that." Server disagreed. The mistake, he told the paper, "didn't really result in any acute stress to anybody."
Outcome: Campfield was granted a noncapital jury trial, where he was convicted of murder and received a sentence of 35 to 70 years.


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State: Texas
Attorney: Toby Wilkinson
Client: Justin Fuller
Circumstances: In his appeal of Fuller's conviction, Wilkinson cut and pasted the appeal of another client, Henry Dunn. He failed to change the name of the judge, trial lawyer, trial exhibits—Dunn's codefendant makes an appearance in the filing. "Here's the thing that happened. Once again, I was running on deadline," Wilkinson later explained to theAustin American-Statesman. "I was going to, at some point, go back and delete those [references to Dunn], and between having cataracts—I was basically going blind and didn't realize it—and starting up a capital murder trial, I didn't go back and clean it up." After Wilkinson subsequently took more than five months to file notice of a federal appeal, the courts appointed an experienced attorney, Don Bailey, to help.
When he saw Wilkinson's work, Bailey couldn't believe his eyes, according to the Austin daily: "What was he thinking? That nobody would care? Maybe so, and maybe he is right." But Bailey's request to file a new appeal on Fuller's behalf was rejected by the state court, and the federal courts denied his claim that Wilkinson's work had been grossly ineffective. Finally, Bailey turned to Gov. Rick Perry for a reprieve. In a letter, he implored Perry to "send a message…that the state of Texas will not tolerate this kind of shoddy…treatment when we are subjecting its citizens to the ultimate punishment."
Outcome: Perry refused, and Justin Fuller was executed in 2006. Wilkinson continues to handle capital cases in Texas. In May 2013, one of his clients, Micah Brown, was sentenced to death after a jury trial.


State: Texas
Attorney: Jerome Godinich
Clients: Johnny Ray Johnson, Keith Steven Thurmond
Circumstances: Godinich missed the deadline for filing a federal appeal—a right guaranteed by the Constitution—in the unrelated capital cases of Johnson and Thurmond, who had been tried and sentenced to death. As the Houston Chronicle reported, "In both cases, [Godinich] waited until after business hours on the last day an appeal could be filed and then blamed a malfunctioning filing machine for his tardiness, according to a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion...The court chastised the attorney for using the same excuse twice."
Outcome: Johnson was executed in 2009 and Thurmond in 2012. But Godinich's repeated failure to meet his filing deadlines hasn't precluded him from handling capital cases in Texas. Another one of his clients, Juan Balderas, was sentenced to death just last month.


State: Alabama
Lawyers: Jaasi Munanka and Clara Ingen-Housz
Client: Cory Maples
Circumstances: After an Alabama jury handed Maples a death sentence, Munanka and Ingen-Housz, New York City-based attorneys for the law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, took on his post-conviction appeal pro bono. While the appeal was pending, however, both lawyers left the firm without telling their client or the Alabama courts. Consequently, when the state post-conviction appeal was denied, Maples missed the deadline for his federal appeal.
Outcome: The Alabama Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit denied Maples' subsequent request to file an "out-of-time" appeal, but the US Supreme Court reinstated it, saying: "In these circumstances, no just system would lay the default at Maples' death-cell door." Maples remains on death row, pending the outcome of his federal appeal.


State: Oklahoma
Lawyers: E. Melvin Porter and Johnny Albert
Client: James T. Fisher
Circumstances: Porter, a state senator at the time he represented Fisher, had an extraordinarily busy schedule, even by the standards of his profession; with Fisher's 1983 trial approaching, he had at least 25 cases on the jury docket at the same time—and he had tried another capital case the week before Fisher's. Not surprisingly, Fisher was found guilty of murder. During the sentencing phase, Porter waived his opening and closing statements. In fact, he spoke only nine words during the entire sentencing. "Four were the equivalent of judicial pleasantries," wrote a federal appeals judge. And the "other five words formed an ill-founded, unsupported and ultimately rejected objection to one portion of the prosecutor's closing argument."
Outcome: Nineteen years after Fisher was sentenced to death, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted him a new trial based on Porter's ineffectiveness. In 2005, he was retried, convicted, and sentenced to death again. He would eventually be granted yet another trial. His second-round lawyer, Johnny Albert, "spent less time working on cases and more time drinking beer and playing pool during work hours," several appeals witnesses testified. In addition, Albert physically threatened Fisher at a pretrial hearing. Consequently, Fisher chose not to attend his own trial. Albert admitted that "his life began to crumble and he began drinking heavily and abusing cocaine," around the time of the trial. Finally, in 2010, the Oklahoma authorities offered to release Fisher if he pleaded guilty to the 1983 offense and agreed to leave the state for good. He gladly accepted.


State: Kentucky
Lawyer: Ferdinand "Fred" Radolovich
Client: Jeffrey Leonard (a.k.a. James Earl Slaughter)
Circumstances: Leonard was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1983. It turned out that Radolovich, Leonard's lawyer, had failed to investigate his background, and so had missed evidence that might have convinced a jury to spare his client's life. (He'd also missed the fact that his client's surname was Leonard—not Slaughter, a name with obvious downsides in a capital murder trial.) Radolovich ultimately surrendered his law license after being charged with perjury for claiming he'd handled four death penalty cases before Leonard's—investigators discovered that he'd actually never been a lead attorney in a capital case.
Outcome: A federal district court granted Leonard a new sentencing, but in 2006, the 6th Circuit reversed the district court's decision and reimposed the death sentence. The following year, Gov. Ernie Fletcher commuted Leonard's sentence to life without parole, citing concerns about Radolovich's lawyering.


State: Texas
Lawyer: John Benn
Client: George McFarland
Circumstances: McFarland went to death row for a 1991 murder. Although there was compelling evidence that lawyer Benn, then 72, slept during McFarland's trial, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the sentence, largely because McFarland had a second, less experienced attorney who managed to stay awake. The junior lawyer said he thought the jury might have sympathy for McFarland because of Benn's "naps," prompting the appeals court to say that allowing Benn to sleep at trial might be considered strategic. A dissenting judge wrote: "I find the majority's suggestion that it was somehow reasonable trial strategy for appellant's lead counsel to take a 'short nap' during the trial utterly ridiculous."
Outcome: McFarland remains on death row.


Marc Bookman, a death penalty lawyer and longtime writer, runs the nonprofit Atlantic Center for Capital Representation in Philadelphia. He can be reached at mbookman@atlanticcenter.org.



The Menendez Brothers Today

OMG, I had almost forgotten about these two guys, really. I mean, this shit happened in the 90's! They were sentenced only a few days after OJ was found not guilty. Ancient history, baby. However, I was reminded of them when I woke up this morning.

As a writer, my work schedule is my own and with this being Thanksgiving break, all 7 kids are in the house for a week. I spend my mornings watching DVR'ed TV and meting out punishments for the sporadic, inevitable arguments and fights that break out.

By the afternoon everyone is up and dressed and out and about, doing their own thing around the house and property. Then I write or research, spend a little time on my work, as much as I can with everyone home and a holiday looming.

So this morning I stoked the fire, poured myself some coffee and crawled back into my predawn, dark bedroom to check out the things I recorded last night and wait for the ruffians to awake. I was super excited to see one of the new Barbra Walters specials on ID channel was on. She was interviewing the brothers Menendez, old interviews mostly, but parts that were never aired. She also revealed that she has remained a pen pal of Eric Menendez throughout his incarceration.

I didn't pay much attention when the trial occurred. I was pregnant and also had a three year old. I lived in a very rural location without cable tv. I was in the middle of a relationship where I was so used to cheating I could predict when he would do it. All the crap going on in my own life kept me from caring or seeking out additional info. So much of this interview was new to me. I felt like it was just happening. I sat engrossed, sipping hot coffee and snuggling deeper into my down comforter, mesmerized by the brothers and their painful childhoods.

My impression of these men has always been two greedy teenagers. I always put them in the ilk of Dana Ewell who seems so dead and cold inside, but the things Barbra showed had me in tears in the first 10 minuets. I had tears running down my face all through throughout the program, in fact. Until it came to the parts with their wives who started out as pen pals but fell in love with them regardless of their fates.

These boys, these poor young boys were subjected to molestation by their own father, Jose. From the very young age of 5-6 he began to have them fondle him and perform oral sex on him. As they got a little older, he introduced anal sex. They tried to run away, they tried to tell other family members but everyone was afraid of Jose and his power which he wielded liberally, and when they finally couldn't take it anymore it was discussed openly and violently in the family. Their mother Kitty was emotionless about the situation. She aided in Jose's intimidation tactics every way she could.

One of the things Barbra showed us that had never been seen before was a letter Eric wrote to his cousin Andy weeks before the shootings. He told him "it was still happening" and he wasn't sure how long he could take it anymore.  He described his abject fright and inability to protect himself in anyway. Had this been introduced to the jury during their first trial that ended in a mistrial, the verdict would have been quite different.

A few weeks later when the topic came up as a family discussion, Kitty, their mother, would not rescue them, their family was too afraid of Jose's money and power to try to stop it. They felt trapped and sickened with themselves and their father. Can you imagine living your entire life like that? All your childhood your dad is making you put his penis in your mouth and in your butt and everyone knows but wont help you. They were children when the big secret no one talked about finally came out in the open.

Jose told Eric that evening to go upstairs to bed and he would be in shortly for their session, as he called it. Lyle asked his mom if she was just going to let it happen and she told him to shut up because he had ruined the family.

The two boys went and bought guns, swearing that they would never allow their father to rape them again. Their father had told them that the minuet they defied him or told anyone or tried to run away again he'd find them and kill them. They were to bring no more attention to what was going on in the family or they would die.

But that never happened. Instead, on a night in 1989 when the brothers knew they had an evening of abuse and violation and rape coming, they went into the living room and shot their parents multiple times and then called 911.
It all resulted in a lifetime behind bars for loosing their shit and killing their abuser.

Why does the judicial system and the corrections department not realize that this does and will continue to happen? Why do they perpetually punish people for trying to survive? I cant begin to wrap my mind around what their lives must be like and what type of thoughts go through their heads. How do they find the will to go one when so much has gone wrong. My heart goes out to them and I hope someday they are freed.


My Favorite Historic Women in Murder, "Little" Anna Antonio - Executed Innocent

We in this country make horror spectacles out of murder cases, especially when the condemned killer is a woman. We drag the thing out. We sob and wring our hands. … We play cat and mouse with the {condemned}, until we have reduced her to the last extremity of woe; then we kill her.”
I found this quote extremely interesting. It came from The NY Daily News after the execution of a woman in 1934. People often have this reaction to American serializing of murder and mayhem in our midst. We are societal monsters ourselves, always searching out more info on the sickest of our countries crimes and then bemoaning our outrage as we deny the irony in ourselves. Other countries snicker at our third world justice system and gangland tactics but we soldier on, oblivious to our own ridiculousness.

What is really interesting about the Daily News quote above is it was printed in 1934 after the execution of Anna Antonio. All these years later and still we flounder in our sickness.

Anna was an abused wife. She was called "Little Anna" by friends and family for her birdlike stature and 100 lb frame. Her husband, Salvatore, was a known gangster, drug dealer and all around asshole. He regularly abused her, their children and all those around him. He was feared by the entire neighborhood.

Salvatore was found stabbed, beaten and shot in the middle of the road one night by two college boys who rushed him to the hospital. He died only moments later. After several months police were able to track down his companions that night, Sam Ferraci and Vincent Saetta, The two men had been in a criminal endeavor with Salvatore they claim ended badly and they decided to kill him for it.

They confessed and indicated that Anna had hired them with a promise of $800 from Salvatore's insurance settlement. She was arrested and the three spend over a year in prison awaiting trial and sentencing.

The two men, meanwhile, frequently and loudly told everyone they could that they were just fine. They had no fear of getting the death penalty because a woman was involved. No one would sentence them to death. That was, unfortunately, untrue.

Once it became clear that they were, in fact, all going to die, the pair fessed up and said Anna had nothing to do with it. They had only implicated her because they felt if they did they wouldn't be sentenced to death. Hours before their execution Vincent Saetta made a jailhouse confession to his priest and jailer about what he had done. Anna admitted that the pair had told her they were angry and threatened to kill her husband but she chose to ignore it for many reasons.

Legislation and government did not care. There was a huge public outcry to save Anna. No one believed she committed the crimes she was accused of and the two who did the murder recanted their accusations, admitting it was only the $75.00 bad deal that brought on the murder. Governor Herbert Henry Lehman ordered a 24 hour stay but decided to continue with the executions.

Sadly, Anna Antonio was executed on her daughters birthday. She was perhaps the smallest person ever executed at approximately 80 lbs.


Lisa Graham Killed her 20 YO Daughter Because She was an Embarrassing Pain in the Ass

Wrap your mind around this one, boys and girls. Stephanie Shae Graham was a real live party girl in 2007, Alabama. The 21 year old girl was the real deal with a police record to prove it. A stripper and prostitute with an alcohol dependency and several different drug addictions, she was hardly the apple of mommy's eye.

Her mother, Lisa Leanne Graham was constantly helping her out and always complaining to family members that she was troublesome. She was heard more than once saying she wished she would die or disappear. She had no tolerance for her daughters wicked ways which always, somehow ended up landing in her lap. Stephanie was mixed up in some legal issues surrounding a drive-by and it was around that time Lisa began to suspect her daughter was sleeping with her husband. She was also hearing things that made her think Stephanie was planning on leaving town and leaving her with bond of thousands of dollars to pay the bail bondsman.

Lisa devised a plan and garnered the help of a family friend to shoot and kill her own 21 year old daughter because she was tired of dealing with her bullshit. To look at Lisa, you would have never guessed that she was capable or had so much malice and hate in her heart that she could devise the death of her own daughter. She was a regular woman who balanced her families finances, dove into genealogy as a hobby and was computer literate. Even so, she hired family friend, Kenneth Walton, who had worked for the family for many years.

Walton found Stephanie, or Shae as she preferred, at a gas station talking with friends. He had met earlier with her mom who gave him her own gun to do the deed with. He told Shae he knew where a car was she could use to get out of town in so she wouldn't have to face charges in the drive-by shooting. So She jumped in the truck with Walton and the two took off. They drove for miles and miles while Walton worked up his nerve.

Eventually some hundred and something miles away from where they started, Walton pulls over into a field so they could pee. When Stephanie got out and squatted beside the truck he shot her in the head through the open truck door and then walked around the truck shooting her over and over. Six times all together. He left her bullet ridden body face down with her pants around her ankles right where she fell. He said in court that it didnt really affect him despite knowing her all her life.

Since he was the last person seen with her it wasnt hard to figure out what happened and he confessed right away. It took forever to sentence Lisa however due to a bunch of random shit that happened. First the courthouse was undergoing renovations was just unfit to hold a murder trial, dang it.  Next the judge declared a mistrial and then died. Prosecution attempted a new trial but the defense said to give her a mental examination which returned proving Lisa had an IQ of 77, which is borderline impaired.

Eventually, finally, this year she was sentenced to death. She is one of five females on Alabama death row.


Rebecca Trevino Shot Her Cop Boyfriend on Thanksgiving Last Year.

 Last Thanksgiving (2014) we talked about Rebecca Trevino from Michigan. Instead of Turkey she served up hot steel when she killed her boyfriend who was also a reserve cop. Its one year later and I was wondering what happened to her.

She plead to a manslaughter charge and will spend about four years in prison. Im stunned.  She plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, in July.

The family of the victim, James Gascoyne, says the nearly four-year sentence Rebecca I. Trevino will receive is not long enough but since she took the plea deal offered her, she was allowed to get the sentence. Just four years for killing a man. His family made a scene in the court room, saying they werent consulted about the deal.

It had to have helped that he was known to beat her profusely and had even beat her the night before.

When Death Row Women Turn on Each Other

Many years ago I had some trouble with the women on Pennsylvania death row. The way they twisted and turned my words to and about each other after years of friendship and the quickness with which they turned on each other was a rude awakening for me but it also helped me narrow my focus.  My stark opposition to the death penalty wasn't my focus. What I really wanted to do was give an alternative lifestyle to those living there forever. Basically so mean bitches like that have a little more trouble turning prison into the Criminal University we all know it is.

Believe it or not, a lot of these "evil bitches" dont want to live in a violent environment anymore. They dont want the fighting and deaths, the bullying and scare tactics and the constant drama. There are a percentage of women on death row and serving LWOP that realize this is their lifelong home and simply want to exist in peace. Some are guilty of their murderous crimes, others caught up in governmental flubs and red tape, but they are there and they want to be heard.

The whole situation in Texas reminds me of the Pennsylvania debacle. This situation revolves around Darlie Routier and the 3 -5 letters a month I get sometimes from other inmates with complaints about her. I have always been a supporter of hers but the things I hear she does in there make me wonder about her level of manipulation. I also try to keep the Pennsylvania lessons in the forefront of my mind in dealing with these Texas women. I hear she is ruthless if you arent in her clique, that she has pull with the guards and can take inmates jobs and other privileges away. If you fall out of her favor bad things can happen to you there. More than one inmate has told me she made a public announcement to all on their block that the prison would have me shut down and I am not legally able to make these revealing posts. The lesson reminders kick in and I wonder if these other inmates have some secret vendetta or manipulative plot of their own.

All I can say is if she has done ans said any of the things Ive ben told she has, I am reconsidering my stance on her guilt.

Let this serve as a little snippet of the life I lead with these women for your examination.


Nashville Teen Girls Shoot it Out over Family Disrespect

I was doing my thing early yesterday morning. My spouse gets up at the unbelievably absurd 3:30 a.m. At times, which are few and far between, I get up with him and drink coffee and fix him a little brekkie for the hour or two drive to work. Yesterday happened to be one of those mornings.
So we sat, he and I, hours before sunrise and watched our favorite morning Newscasters on News 2 in Nashville. They are a funny lot with jokes and snide remarks plenty enough to start any crime writers day off right. I'm snickering away when I heard it.

A 14 year old girl, Treyonta Burleson  in Nashville had been shot. Shot twice, actually, in the chest. By who, you might ask? Who in the hell would shoot a 14 year old, little slip of a girl? One who had been involved in a neighborhood movement to improve the conditions in the projects on Charles E. Davis Boulevard.

Neighbors reported hearing a large group of girls screaming and fighting and a loud noise like a car crashing.One witness telling the newscaster that she heard the noise and came around the corner to see the small girl laying on the sidewalk covered in blood.

The shooter is 18 year old female, Antwana Smith of Hart Lane. The two girls engaged in an
argument around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday according to police reports. It escalated and Antwanna went into an apartment, got a gun and went back out, shooting Treyonta twice in the chest.

She went back into an apartment but police were able to coax her out and she admitted to the shooting saying the younger girl had disrespected her family. Shes charged with criminal homicide and should have appeared in court today.

This brings up an ever growing problem in my home state capital. The amount of teen crimes has risen to new heights just since last year. Whats happening to us, Nashville?