Prize Pack

A quick snap of the prize package that went out to our raffle winner last week. I hope she enjoys it and comes back to tell us about it!


Evidence of a Violent History

Collecting Murderabilia

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 lectures are held all over the country on the subject. People gather to trade, buy, and sell this notorious merchandise. There are a bevy of online boutiques and auction houses dedicated to selling peculiarities like letters from killers, drawings, paintings, and artwork from various murderers, rapists and terrorists.

Andrew Dodge is a Washington native who owns True Crime Auction House.
True Crime Auction House is a website and gaggle of Facebook and Insta pages dedicated to showcasing murderabilia as well as all sorts of grisly wet specimens like stillborn pups. He graciously gave The Woman Condemned an exclusive interview.

Q. How did you get into it (true crime/murderabilia sales) and who was your first?

It all goes back to when I was a young kid. I was raised on horror movies. I've always been fascinated with history, dark history to be exact. I'm a history buff and nerd, I've always been interested in fascinated with serial killers as early as 12 as I can remember. It started with watching horror movies, then reading true crime watching true crime documentaries and movies. Researching dozens and dozens of serial killers. I only learned about murderabilia when I was 19, and thought it was not only creepy but cool in a cringe-worthy way.

The first case that really interested me was Jeffrey Dahmer. It amazed me at how this man had body parts and his fridge essentially all over his house, and he could keep a calm cool composure like it was just a normal thing, that he integrated into his life.

When I was 19 years old, I decided I would reach out and attempt to write a serial killer. I figured, I won't get a response but it'll be fun to try. About two and a half weeks later, I get a letter back from Phillip Jablonski, he was the first person I ever wrote and got a response from. to this day, I still talk with jJblonski weekly. Ever since then, I've corresponded with at least 300 convicted murderers and infamous criminals worldwide. I established my website in 2015, which is True Crime Auction House. my first actual prison visit was in 2011, with convicted Washington state mass murderer, Isaac Zamora. 

Q. Do you ever feel guilty/bad for what you do?

Do I feel bad about selling Murderabilia? No. Do I feel bad for the victims? Yes. I will always have sympathy and empathy for crime victims, no matter the case no matter the circumstances. I see nothing wrong with selling off my personal property, that I receive over time. I am certainly not rubbing what I sell in other people's faces, my website and/or murderabilia Facebook groups I run, aren't the easiest to locate if you don't know what to search for. The media does, on a large scale, what I do on a very small scale, financially speaking. I make it aware to people that I am an advocate for inmates, more than half of the money that I make from selling products, goes right back out to helping inmates whether it be food, clothing packages, stamps or even helping their family out. Ive also used the money to donate to disaster relief funds. 

Q. What's the most interesting case for you and why?

 The most interesting case to me is Jack Spillman out of Washington State. Although Spillman is only convicted of three murders, the crimes are so atrocious and so demented, it's almost straight out of a horror movie. Spillman is convicted of the murder of a mother her daughter and another little girl. He removed the genitalia from the two children, and put them and their mouths and then positioned the bodies in provocative positions.


Contest Winner

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.


Killer Letter Give-Away

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 from my collection. It could be three letters, or a letter and two drawings, or maybe three poems. I also have a few surprise items I am going to give the winner. Ill share with everyone else when the winner is chosen.

If you have every wanted to own a piece of American criminal history, or start a collection of American prison system collectibles, now is your chance to get started. FREE! I just want to give something back to you readers who are here and on the Facebook page everyday. I really appreciate ya'll. You keep me going.

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Female Killer Shot a Man in the Gut - Ariana Justine Wagner

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 Row

Police also arrested Joshua 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 Health.
The coroner’s office notified the victim’s family Thursday.
Howard County Coroner Steve Seele said the autopsy was completed Friday at Community Howard.
Before the arrests were announced, KPD Capt. Tonda Cockrell told the Tribune early Friday that KPD investigators were following up on leads and were pursuing "potential suspects."
No other details regarding the arrests or the homicide were released as of Friday evening.
An initial media release distributed Thursday indicated Olivarez was a Galveston resident. Seele advised Friday that Olivarez resided in Kokomo.



Lisa Gonzales Chopped up her Roommate in San Francisco

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 14th street — where Gonzales has resided for decades, and Mamer moved in last year — look pretty ordinary. Sitting squarely in the middle of the block, the building is nondescript, the sidewalks covered in stains from yesteryear, and the street-facing windows are cracked and coated in grime and cracks. A stone’s throw away in a common space of the building, police on Saturday found a dismembered body.

Woman Murderer Will Be Charged

Officers discovered the decomposing remains of Mamer’s body parts in a plastic bin in a storage locker after receiving a missing-persons report for the retiree. According to the charging document, Mamer could have died anytime between May 13 and June 2.

Court documents obtained by Mission Local pinned the dispute to repeated demands by Gonzales that Mamer move out of her apartment — which Mamer purportedly ignored. A witness who also resided in the women’s apartment, referred to as W1 in court papers, described odd smells pervading the flat on May 15 and 16. After detecting a “rotten eggs” smell in the bathroom, W1 asked Gonzales where Mamer was. She was told that Mamer had left, but “not the way she should have.” W1 earlier heard a “sawing” sound coming from the bathroom, which Gonzales told her to not enter. She complied.

W1, on May 31, expressed concerns to a second witness, who contacted police. Independently, one of Mamer’s friends also called police over fears for her safety. Police arrived at the residence for a well-being check on June 2. With permission, they opened a storage locker belonging to Gonzales, and were greeted by a “pungent” odor. A plastic bag was covered in maggots and a “viscous” liquid bubbled out of it. When Gonzales expressed reservations about the officers opening the bag, they stopped, obtained a search warrant, and made an arrest.

Within the bag were Mamer’s severed arms and legs, and intact head and torso. During a June 2 interview with police, Gonzales purportedly told authorities that she and Mamer had quarreled before she likely “flipped”; Gonzales claims to not have a strong recollection of what happened — but surmises it was “probably nothing good.”

Alex Lilien of the San Francisco Public Defender’s office appeared on Gonzales’ behalf on Wednesday. Assistant District Attorney Adam Maldonado asked for an informal review of her financials to confirm she is eligible for public representation.

Many details are still being withheld by police and the District Attorney’s office. Gonzales’ public defender said he had no more information available other than what was disclosed in court.
One source, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than two decades, said he had no idea there were more than two adults living on the bottom floor of the building. He said Gonzales had been living there for more than two decades with her daughter, and that she was known by sight in the neighborhood, but mostly kept to herself.

Neighborhood resident Socorro Espinoza spends every morning walking down 14th street, and has long been commuting this way on the way to her job on Natoma Street. She said the only thing that has worried her on the block were the homeless camps, but she never felt afraid for her life.

I only found out today in the morning, when a friend called me to warn me that someone had died on that street,” Espinoza said in Spanish. “I walk on this street all the time.”
Espinoza said she did not expect such a gruesome event would occur on this street, and thought the cameras she saw earlier belonged to a movie crew.

Another resident up the block said he wouldn’t have been able to pick either Gonzalez or Mamer without a photo. They were quiet, he said, and hardly seen. In a street filled with traffic, both Mamer and Gonzales blended in well.

“In this neighborhood, there’s a lot of stuff that goes down. Nothing like this,” said another resident.



How the #MeToo Movement Hates Prison Women

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 they are purposely trying to stamp us out. Erase our bad behavior." said Barb. The emotional and financial gain some women get from that type of relationship is much harder to find than before #MeToo. There is a certain stigma around women who sleep with more than one man, that isn't there for men. It lets the world know you don't need a man in your life and only chose who you want.

Barb's boyfriend, CC, and bestie and bass player, Syd, both agreed. Syd got so adamant he spilled some of the froth off his latte. The lady at the table next to us paused with her blueberry scone poised mid-air as she stared at him. He wasn't screaming, but huffing and puffing and raising his voice.
She almost dropped her scone.

"Its beyond hard to know if I am just being a sexist pig by responding to what I feel is a come-on, or if I am actually just responding to a legit come-on. Its exhausting. I don't wanna hurt nobody's feelings. I don't wanna piss nobody off."
We're not talking about gold diggers, or prostitutes, just the average give and take that could occur between two people being intimate. 

Our society is forever changed, both positively and negatively by the movement.


True Crime Tourism

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.

The Last Resort is the bar serial killer Aileen Wournos had her last beer in. They have a framed photo of her on the bar top. It is in Port Orange, Florida and it is where she was when the police zoned in and arrested her for the murder of six men.

The Lizzy Bordon House is a bed and breakfast that you can stay at and hang out in. Isn't that crazy? I don't know why, but that trips me out. WTF?