Kelly's Obscure Prison Observation of the Day

I offer every woman I write to a free book every quarter. I always choose three, a nonfiction book, a fiction and something technical like a how to or something similar. I print them a handout that has the available books and a description. This quarter one of the books was about hair braiding and had 25 different styles. Usually they choose an assortment, a few go with the popular fiction, some with a book on some historic figure. This time, however, every, single one wanted the book on braids.

I was really surprised. I don't think that's ever happened in all the years I have been doing this. I got curious and went back through the files to see how many had long hair. Only about half of the women I write to have hair long enough to braid. Curious, I asked the next one of them who called. Apparently, knowing how to do some really painstakingly elaborate braids is a lucrative business venture in women's prison.

This fascinated me to no end so I started thinking of articles I could write about the underground industries of women's prisons and how some of these women have skills and aptitudes for business that the world can take advantage of. There is something to salvage here. Something not only beautiful but profitable and economical.

My wheels are turning...


Trying to help these death row women is no piece of cake. You often get shit on in return for your hard work and dollars spent. You get your feelings hurt a lot too.

Cynthia Coffman had her attorney send me a letter saying that she knew since I was a friend I would gleefully remove her from this blog.

I really liked her too, but some nitwit that reads this blog wrote to her and told her I was selling her letters online. A complete fabrication but what can I do? She doesn't believe me. Forgive me if I don't understand, but how is taking her off the one website that is in support of her and leaving up the shit hole sites that revel in her crimes going to help at all?
Go figure.

Then there is Michelle Tharp. Another nitwit who frequents the women of death row support group I belong to and who fancies himself some kind of super hero to Michelle has written to her and told her her letters are on the site. They are not and have not been. I did write the short ebook "Bitches" about her and the other girls in PA, harassment.
She also tells me how evil I am and how I'm going cause someone to be executed. Huh?
I'm at my wits end with that girl. I'm handing her over to the super hero and hoping they have a long and productive life together.

The one thing that keeps me going is people like Sister Kathleen who once gave me some good advice. She has done some amazing work with these girls and has also been on the cutting edge of some of them. She explained to me that the world they live in is something that I will never, ever understand. Things that never give us a second thought may be the living end to them. So in that respect I can relate to Michelle but she annoys the hair off my ass and Im done with her.
I will send her the newsletter and free books and resources but the cordial letter writing is over. Thank God.

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Heather Leavell-Keaton Fed her Tiny Step-children Antifreeze and Dumped Them in the Woods

Heather Leavell-Keaton is an Alabama woman, the first from Mobile County, who was sentenced to death in August of 2015, for the murder, torture and abuse of the corpses of her two step-children in 2010.  The children's father, John DeBlase, received the same sentence.

By her own admission we know she was hardily covetous of the two children, Natalie, 5 and Chase, 3. Natalie was a particular thorn in her side because of the way family members treated her. She was loved by her extended family and they showed it. Heather hated how Natalie was treated like a princess while she was ignored.

The couple spent months, perhaps years abusing and torturing the kids. Burning them with cigarettes, binding them with duct tape and shoving them in suitcases, closets and crawl spaces for 10 - 12 hours at a time. They also bound them to broom handles and forced them to stand in a corner of the room for hour upon hour.

Authorities believe Heather killed both children. She has experimented with antifreeze on a dog until it died. She started to put antifreeze n the kids food regularly but when it failed to work she took more drastic measures.

After spending more than 10 hours duct taped in a suitcase, Natalie was removed and strangled to death. Her tiny body was dumped partially clothed in a remote area. Several months later they realized that Chase was becoming a serious liability. He would cry and ask about his sisters whereabouts. It was when he began to do it in public that they killed him too. Police have said he was tied to a broomstick for several hours before being strangled and dumped deep in the woods wearing only a diaper.

Heather admitted to an inmate that she had done all of the killing but her boyfriend was all for it. I take this information with a grain of salt. We all know what can happen when inmate testimony is part of the prosecution. It's unreliable, it's often fabricated either by the police or the inmate, and it is always questionable.

They both received a death sentence in August of 2015 for the 2010 murders. The children's mother, Corrine Heathcock DeBlase survives them. Heather admitted to the murders. Her defense was only to achieve a life sentence, she offered no excuses for her murderous acts. Her attorney's have said she has devoted her life to her Lord and spends her time alone, studying religion. John is still denying his guilt.