Gaile Owens was the first woman that my home state of Tennessee ever sentenced to death. She hired a man to kill her husband because of ongoing abuse and a general "bad marrage". I wonder if anyone has ever done a study on that; the effects of a bad marriage on a woman over time.

This article in the Nashville Post is one of the best Ive ever read on the case.


  1. Research has been done on the effects of a bad marriage/abuse on a woman over time and it has been compared to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I will look around and see if I can find some links for you if you are interested.

  2. I'm the daughter of the foreman who served on the Owens-Porterfield murder trial. Gail Owens SAYS that she was abused by her husband, the same with Winkler and every other man, woman and child who NEED some REASON for their heinous acts. Gail Owens is a murderer, pure and simple, and she should have received the just penalty for her crime 23 yrs ago! My father would roll over in his grave to know that we've been supporting these two on the public dole all this time and haven't carried out the will of the people and the state.

    P.S. That eHow widget thing is REALLY annoying. It blocks the whole left side of the text. You should get rid of it or change it's size.


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