I am always rather surprised to see someone with an adverse reaction to murderabilia, serial killer art, prison art etc. To me, it is no different than any other historical artifact. Collecting of letters, artwork and oddities from notorious killers is just another hobby no different in gruesome value than taxidermy. People collect everything from Nazi and Holocaust evidence, to pieces from the World Trade Center and Columbine High School. We have become a society so numbed by constant exposure, holding authentic artifacts from some of the country's biggest tragedies can help to connect us emotionally to the trauma our brothers and sisters who are affected are feeling. It can also be a way to keep the victims of these tragedies forever in the public eye.
Wanting to hold, experience, and even own some inanimate object from a crime scene, tragedy, or disaster is not as strange as it sounds. In fact, it is a thriving industry. Conventions, seminars, and lectu…
We have a contest winner. I want to thank everyone who participated, There were more entries than I expected. I hope our winner will come by and share her thoughts on her prize. I will be running another give away in about 2 weeks. I think its going to be a lot of fun. I hope you will keep reading, and come by to participate.
I don't know if you know this, dear reader, but I have been writing this blog for approximately 12 years (maybe 15, I cant really remember). I had been writing to women on death row for years before that. As you can imagine, I have collected more than my fair share of unusual memorabilia such as letters, artwork, poetry, prison recipes, jokes, gossip, complaints, origami, and all manner of crafts. I also have a few locks of hair, handprints, and it just gets weirder from there.
Women on Death Row
I get occasional offers from dealers of prison and true crime collectibles for my weird treasures. Sometimes Ill sell them to help finance a woman on death row and run this blog. A few times, Ive given them away as gifts, and to charity raffles and fundraisers. I realized yesterday when it took me three hours to find what I was looking for that its time to purge. No better place to give things away than right here for you guys.
Enter the raffle to get your chance to win three random items…
Female Killer Shoots Man in the Gut
A woman has been charged with murder in connection to the death of a Kokomo, Indiana man. Ariana Justine Wagner, 20, of Kokomo, was arrested Friday and charged with murder after an investigation into the death of Yogi J. Olivarez, of Kokomo, according to a press release from the Kokomo Police Department.
Women on Death RowPolice also arrestedJoshua Allen Smith, 29, and charged him with assisting a criminal, a level 5 felony, the release stated. Wagner is currently being held at the Howard County Jail without bond.
The death of Olivarez was officially ruled a homicide Friday by the Howard County coroner, who conducted an autopsy and determined Olivarez was killed by a gunshot wound to the abdomen Thursday morning.
Female Murderer Will Be Charged
Olivarez, 45, was pronounced dead 6:43 a.m. Thursday by medical personnel after he was found unresponsive in a truck at the intersection of Clinton and Kentucky drives and transported to Community Howard Regional…
Female Killer Chops up Roommate
It’s a busy street, once plagued by gangs and criminal activity. Residents of the 200 block of 14th Street are used to much of the worst of city life. But they’re not used to this.
One resident, who did not want to have his name disclosed, said he hadn’t expected a murder to occur right next to his home.
“It’s rough out here, but stuff like what happened — it doesn’t happen too often,” he said.
What happened is one of the city’s grisliest homicides in some time. Lisa R. Gonzales, 47, has been charged with the dismemberment murder of her 61-year-old roommate, Margaret Rose Mamer.
Gonzales, who is said to be under observation at the San Francisco jail, did not appear in court on Wednesday afternoon. Judge Victor M. Hwang has ordered her to appear at her arraignment, which has been postponed until Friday morning.
District Attorney George Gascón told reporters he will ask for Gonzales to be held without bail.
From the outside, the dull blue colors of 255 1…
There are many women on death row who are smart, believe it or not. They enjoy timely, relevant, topical conversation just like any other gal. One of the things I keep hearing from many of them is that the #MeToo Movement is a bunch of hooey. Not everyone, inmates such as Eileen Huber and others who have experienced rape, tend to have a softer feeling for the social movement, but many believe it has worked to stifle a certain element of society.
My friend, Barb, and I were having coffee at The Celtic Cup discussing this very fact.
"You can flirt your ass off and guys are afraid to ask you to dance. This #MeToo bulllshit has taken the romance out of dating and made it hard as hell to get the casual hookup."
The girls in prison agree. There are women who count on their looks and personality to propel them through life. And those who count on their physical assets to gain benefit occasionally. Men are not able to respond to the flirty girl like they used to. "Its like t…
It is one billion degrees today in Tennessee. My air conditioner is broken. I live way in the Boonies and mosquitoes are worse this year than Ive ever seen them. I cant sit outside, even in the daytime without being feasted upon like Suki Stackhouse. I moved all my gear into a tiny she-shed I have in the back. It stays cool but that's about all I can say for its benefits at present.
I found myself checking out various destinations where I should be, instead of in this building in my sweltering backyard hiding from all that thick Tennessee air you can wear that's been lingering since 6 a.m. I found some pretty cool places for true crime weirdos like us.
The Alcatraz East Museum in Pidgeon Forge, TN is a replica of the famed prison but tons of true crime drama inside. There are five displays with everything from serial killers to CSI to look over. Lots of interactive exhibits. Check out OJ Simpson's Bronco and Ted Bundy's VW while your there.