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Three Different Women - Three Different Reasons

As I was looking for something to post tonight I saw that several women have been sentenced to life in prison all across the country recently. So many states are repealing their death penalty laws or just tossing it out all-together that you don't see a lot of death sentences unless were talking Texas, California, or Florida. They like to kill folks around them places. California making some big moves lately though with that handsome Gov. I thought it might interest you true crime aficionados to know some of the women who went behind bars forever this year.

Vanessa Cameron

Vanessa came up with a murder-for-hire scheme in San Antonio, Texas, that got her ex-boyfriend killed. Samuel Johnson was found shot to death on Jan. 13, 2010 in a cemetery on the east side of the city four days after he'd went missing. He'd been on his way to meet with Vanessa over some child support money. The state accused her of shooting him for his insurance money. She is the mother of his one-year-o…

Joanna Dennehy and the Big Surprise

My new book for RJ Parker Publishing is going to come out in May. If all goes as planned.

Shit. I think I just jinxed myself.
Did I?
Crap.

Anyway, in research for this book I was looking into the town where she committed her crimes and other places associated with her victims and the crimes. I found the story of a woman who did something very similar in the same area circa 1600's. Katherine Ferrers, AKA The Wicked Lady, was a socialite by day but at night she dressed as a man and robbed people as they travelled.

She didn't do it for fun. Well, as far as we can tell now historically. She had it pretty tough. Parliament was taking everyone's property so her parents married her off to another rich family to save what little they could before the government took it. Sadly, they turned out to be assholes and took off with just about everything her family owned. She was left with her home and just a bit of property.

Legend has it that she turned to highway robbery to save wh…

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Tria Evans & Christina Towell - Kansas murderess

Joel Wales was found dead inside his burning home in 2017. An autopsy showed he'd been shot six times before the fire. Tria Evans, his baby momma and ex GF was found to be the murderer along with the help of her friend Christina Towell.
New reports and court testimony show Evans as a jealous, stalking nut job. How much of that is true, we may never know. We do know that she plotted his death for months and involved Towell as a conspirator and driver.
Evans had long complained to friends and relatives that her on again off again boyfriend, Joel, was abusive. Although they had a daughter together, the couple had never lived together. They weren't even romantically entangled at the time of his murder while he was house sitting at his mothers house in November of 2017. She was sentenced to life this week.
Police believe either she or Christina Towell ran into the house, shot Joel six times, poured gas about the house and set it ablaze. Witnesses report hearing the gun shots and …

Serial Killers Say

I have a few updates for you guys and an announcement or two.

I received a very fat letter from Morgan Smith about a week ago. She answered the questionnaire I send all inmates. It has questions about their lives in prison and the facility itself. I asked her about how she met Daryl and how she got involved in the sex slave life. Quite a story. Its probably a rather average progression of events as such things go, but this time it ended with murder. Morgan told me she was working as a dancer when she met Daryl who was a customer and friend of the owner. Ill be creating an independent post about the letter next week as well as posting the letter itself on the Patreon page in April.

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While we're on the subject of Morgan, I got an email from a woman who said she shared a cell with Morgan before her trial. She shared some information about how Morgan was treated while staying there in the medical ward on suicide watch. She's tried to contact the appellate attorney w…

Karina M. Rafter Shot her Hubs in POWHATAN, VA Two Years Ago. They Just Charged Her and Shes Out on Bond

This one took a while to come around.  Karina Rafter, 43, was charged with first-degree murder and using a firearm in the Dec. 9, 2016, murder of John R. Rafter Jr., 48, who died of a shotgun wound to his head. He was discovered by his teen son, after the boy woke up that morning in the family home in the 2100 block of Flint Hill Road. The boy called police and deputies responded at 8:45 a.m., finding Rafter’s body in his bedroom.

A shotgun was found near the body.

At the time, Rafter was married but separated from his wife, Karina, who was living in Chesterfield County. She was a person of interest in the case from the start of the investigation.

John Rafter worked as a senior support specialist for Capital One and had filed for divorce from his wife on July 13, 2016. A trial date on the matter was to have been set Dec. 13, four days after Rafter's murder.

In his divorce petition, he alleged that his wife had a history of alcoholism and had physically assaulted both of their chi…

Daycare Murders

Is there anything more vile than a group of adults joining together to dole out and hide abuse against children? Especially when they are adults who have been specifically trusted with the welfare of kids. Healthcare workers, daycare staff, babysitters, and nannies - people we trust with all our heart to love and nourish them just as we would, seem to deliver a double tragedy when they are the ones who harm our babies.

I was looking through todays news stories for something to post. Finding bad girls, or those accused of badness, isn't as hard as some may think. Although there are plenty every morning, most kill for love or money, some for mental illness such as PPD or Munchausen by proxy.

I present to you today, casual crime reader, with cases of daycare abuse and murder. I found several in todays headlines, including one featuring an 11-year-old babysitter in Maryland who just last week killed a one year old relative.

Back in November, a 10-year-old Minnesota girl killed an infan…

Patreon Subscribers

Today is a great day for me! I got my first Patreon subscriber. I am so excited. I have been beating around the house, scrambling through my file cabinets, boxes of letter, and inmate gifts, trying to find the best surprise extra things to send my very first!

FUN!!!

I hope to see more of my casual readers sign up soon.


Morgan Smith Updates and an Olay Skin Care Regime

Olay sent me some products to share online so I thought Id use the time to slide in an update on a letter I got from Morgan Smith with some interesting stuff in it. Please comment here, and give the video a thumbs up on YouTube, Subscribe so you don't miss a video.





Morgan told me about more than just the first meeting between her a Daryl. She detailed her interest in being his slave and why it still to this day means something to her. I find Morgan to be believable and the things she says rings true compared to similar cases Ive seen.
I don't think she meant to kill anyone. This is a case where emotions and feeling important to someone controlled everything. And when I say CONTROLLED, DAMN!

She talks in detail about why she liked being his slave and what it meant to her. She explains the thrill she gets from sitting at his feet and obeying his every command. The letter is part of the rewards my readers get at Patreon. Check it out. There is some exclusive content there as well…