2 3 live&learn&rejoice: truth is stranger than fiction

February 2, 2011

truth is stranger than fiction

"The truth of the matter is, I think I fell in love with him the first time I saw him. I know it's nuts and everything, but I couldn't help it; it was just one of those things."

usual cupid-struck-his-bow comment? not quite.

this quote comes from Cindy Haden, a juror on a panel that voted unanimously to convict serial killer Richard Ramirez on 14 counts of murder (plus an assortment of assaults, rapes, and robberies.)

the woman eventually moved so she could visit him more frequently while he was in San Quentin. She would wait 10-12 hours to have the chance to talk with him across plexiglass for half an hour.

And if that isn't bizarre enough, she is but one of any number of women who devoted themselves to prison visits and passionate letter writing. He even married one of them while awaiting execution on death row.

...of all the things you could do with your life and of all the causes you could take up and of all the risks you could take, how many women every year choose to attach themselves to a convicted murderer on death row? people are weird.

all is told in the 500+-page true crime book:  http://www.amazon.com/Night-Stalker-Pinnacle-True-Crime/dp/0786018100/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1296644316&sr=8-3