8/29/16

Jessica Hicks The Arizona Killer Mom Who Never Killed a Soul

I know we have certain laws to make sure dangerous people might not get back on the street. Some of them are useful, I guess, but Im not partial to these ‘tricks” and bullshitery that end up putting people away forever for things they did not do. It is a sign of stupidity and a weak government. 

Case in point: Ms. Jessica Hicks, an Arizona mother of three.
Granted Ms. Hicks was not living the most righteous of lives. She had lived an off again, on again transient existence with her car-jacking, weapons charges carrying, trouble-maker of a boyfriend, Craig Uran. On March 18, 2014, the pair decided to carjack a woman. They cornered a woman in a parking garage and as Uran brandished the gun, Hicks wrestled her keys away. They took her truck and went to a motel. When leaving the room, they were spotted by a police officer. Uran driving and Hicks in the passenger seat, the pair took off like a modern day Bonnie and Clyde, complete with Uran pulling a gun and brandishing it at the cop before taking off in the truck. 


Police called out a mini-tank and rammed the truck several times. Eventually, Officer David Norman shot Uran after the crazy car chase through Phoenix. He’d crashed the stolen vehicle and was still trying to drive around deployed airbags when the police shot him. The bullet went through the window and into his head. Hicks was sitting next to him in the passenger side. They pulled her out through the window and onto the pavement. Thats when they found out the gun Uran had was a toy pellet gun.

Here’s where shit gets weird. Jessica Hicks has been sitting in jail for over two years for the murder of her boyfriend, Craig Uran. According to Arizona state murder law, if you are present during a felony when a homicide happens, you are charged.


How in the hell is this ethical? I understand, we need a few laws to keep the crazies away but this? Really? How is this ok to keep a drug addicted, abused, homeless mom of 3 in prison for 2 years just to blame someone else for a murder a cop committed?

For further research, this article has a to of great info.

8/9/16

Voices From Death Row

My upcoming book for RJ Parker Publishing is going to be titled Voices From Death Row. It is a compilation of stories that ended with a murderer on death row. When possible, I interview the inmate, their families and anyone else who will participate.

The first few cases I have taken on for this book have been Christian Longo, Joseph Edward Duncan III, and Lemaricus Davidson. I wrote to all three and have received an answer only from Lemaricus. His crimes are so horrible, so nightmarish, that even I, who have been involved with the like of Richard Ramirez and others as infamous, could not help but be afraid. I found myself worrying about which address to use and if he could have someone find me. These are things I have never thought about. People ask me all the time if I am afraid of inmates finding me and it always seems silly to me. They are, after all, in prison.


Christian Longo killed his entire family; a wife and children, because he couldn't cut the mustard. Always broke and moving, he just didn't have the life experience to support a family. He had grown up in a very strict Mormon household and bolted as soon as he turned 18. He ran off to Mexico after the murders and posed as a New York Times reporter. They made a movie about him starring James Franco. Once you make a movie about these fuckers they think they are Johnny Depp and I'm sure that's why Longo didn't write me back.  Hes had books and movies and articles out the ass about his murderous behavior and even weirder behavior on the run and after incarceration. There is nothing a small town crime blogger can do for him. I kind of wish I hadn't chosen him for the book.

Joseph Duncan is a distinct possibility for an in depth interview. He perpetrated some really heinous murders and child rapes. The more I read about him the sicker he made me. I poured through court transcripts and reams of interviews. Not to mention the miles of newspaper reports and every court reporter I could find who was involved. He finally killed an entire family and took the two smallest kids with him to a campground where he tortured and raped them. He killed one in front of the other. The whole time he was on this pedophilic rampage he kept a blog. Can you believe it? He enjoyed the process so much he started another from behind bars. He wrote that he would consider an interview but the journalist had to be coming from a scholarly point of view. Something more focused on the psychology of it all. That is certainly fine with me. I hope he will answer me. I have a lot of questions and I hope he knows the answers.

Now we are back to Lemaricus. He and his brother and associates, including a woman, carjacked, kidnapped, tortured and raped a young couple here in my home state of Tennessee. The details are so lurid and sick I shook when I wrote him. I tore the letter up twice feeling like it was too friendly, then too cold. I stood at the mailbox a full 10 minuets trying to decide if I really wanted to put the letter inside. But I did.

I almost didn't expect a response but I got one. He was polite. He told me not to be afraid and he hoped that he could show me there wasn't anything to be afraid of. He told me he wouldn't talk about his case but he did say that the media is the most powerful entity on earth. He said it can make a guilty man innocent and an innocent man guilty. I know that hes right about that but I wonder if its true in his case. I'm really looking forward to finding out.