May 15, 2005
I don't know why, but in early April I bought a copy of Globe magazine. I think it was something on the cover that said "Scott to Wed! Death Row Ceremony!" Oh yes, THE Scott. As in "SCOTT PETERSON", Scott.
So I read the article, and it was all about how he has had a deluge of proposals of marriage from women all over the country. Even though San Quentin will not allow the marriage to be consummated, Scott Peterson has publicly said he is ready to get married again.
OK, maybe I'm dumber than Forrest Gump, but didn't he end up on Death Row for killing... um... HIS PREGNANT WIFE!?!? Hello? Who cares if he looks like someone from a Calvin Kline ad? You don't marry a dude that killed his wife and unborn child. That's like sticking your tongue to a cold metal light pole in the dead of winter. You just don't do it.
The pages that followed the article were filled with stories like "Why women Wed Killers in Prison" with a picture underneath of the "Night Stalker" serial killer Richard Ramirez and his prison bride Doreen Lioy. Then I really thought, "WHAT?!?!" Here is a SERIAL KILLER, the freakin' Night Stalker for crying out loud, and standing there next to him, all wrapped up in his arms, is a beautiful red-headed gorgeous lady. He, Richard Ramirez, was convicted of killing and mutilating 13 people, raping 6 people, and attempting to murder 5 others. But still, in 1996, Doreen Lioy, a 41-year-old devout catholic virgin, married him in San Quentin. Which, as I said earlier, does not allow conjugal visits.
Sue Terry fell in love with notorious killer John Wayne Gacy. But her love for him turned sour when Sue refused to go on talk shows and claim his innocence. Gacy began to show a dark side and the last time Sue went to visit him, a guard confronted him before Sue was allowed to enter the visiting area.
Sue asked him what that was all about, and Gacy coolly replied "Well, I had to show him I wouldn't kill you today." When his death by lethal injection was botched and his death was prolonged by an extra eight minutes, Sue Terry thanked her stars she hadn't married him.
The next story is just sheer insanity. Bobby Lee Harris stabbed his boss three times in the back and left him to die on an oyster bed. He was convicted and sentenced to die by lethal injection. Then Benetton put his face in an ad and a German waitress, Dagmar Polzin, saw the ad, fell in love, and flew to Raleigh, N.C. She moved permanently to the United States to be near Harris, and they became engaged before Dagmar had to return to Hamburg. She soon learned that Harris' execution had been moved up and she rushed back to the states to lobby for the man she loved. A judge commuted his sentence to life in prison. What the future holds for these two can only be seen by the fates,
Gea Storey's tale is different than the other women already mentioned. First off, she was already married when she started corresponding with a man named Tim Storey, who was convicted of stabbing and slitting the throat of a popular teacher. Gea was a native of Holland, and traveled the 4000 miles to visit him. When she returned to Holland, she told her husband that she had fallen in love with another man.
Two more years passed before Gea finally asked for a divorce. But her ex was ahead of her. He had moved out the day she returned from her most recent trip to the United States. A week after Gea's birthday, Tim called her from the prison and proposed. On May 2, 2003 Gea and Tim were married. Tim' best man was Gea's 12-year-old son Joscha. Her 10-year-old daughter Yvana was the ring bearer.
After her divorce from her ex, however, Gea had been evicted from her house due to failure to pay the rent. Gea ended up at a homeless shelter, but when her daughter was threatened, she packed up her kids and moved into their car. She knew she couldn't take care of her children, so she now visits them regularly at a foster home.
Gea has not seen her new husband Tim since their wedding. She can't afford to go see him. Twice, Tim's original death sentence was overturned, and both times it was reinstated. On December 117, 1999 the State of Missouri sentenced him to death for the third time. But no matter what, Gea will stand by her man.
Even the Menendez Brothers have gotten married while serving time in jail. So what is it that drives women to marry some of the most notorious killers in America? Are these women really in love or are they just going through it for the attention? I just don't get it.
Maybe I'm missing something, but I just don't get women who would fall in love with a man that would probably slit their throats in their sleep.
About the author: Kaycee Nilson has completed her first novel, "Night Falls on Chicago." The first two chapters can be viewed at http://www.KayceeNilson.com.
Besides writing columns for Useless-Knowledge, Kaycee is currently working on two more novels, "From the Mind of a Vampire", and "I'll Love You Til You Die."
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