Killer Babes: From the True Detective Magazine Files edited by David Jacobs (February 2000)

Killer Babes edited by David JacobsLong ago there was a presumption that women who kill only did so because they “had” to. As time goes on, however, society is coming to realize such is not the actual case in many crimes – although most women will still try to claim a man “made her do it” as their defense, whether it’s that he abused her to the point of no other options or she feared for her life if she didn’t assist in the homicide of her victim. The excuse cup runneth over. (Oh boy, I can already hear the clickety-clack keys sending me hate mail!)

The collection in Killer Babes profiles young and old alike of women who killed and stood trial for their crimes. The finger-pointing, drug addictions, ruthlessness, and homicidal tendencies running rampant among these women will disgust and amaze readers through all 400+ pages.

There’s nothing I love more than true crime short stories and Killer Babes, straight from the True Detective Magazine collection and edited by David Jacobs, was a fantastic read from contributing authors such as Bill G. Cox and Don Lasseter.

This 407 page book offers straight-up recounting of killer women from across the United States. No courtroom dramas.  No mind-numbing fillers. Nothing but the facts.

Stories include such infamous cases as Lisa Michelle Lambert, Rosemary Heather Miller, Dora Cisneros, Joy Aylor, and Susan Smith as well as many lesser known, yet just as deadly, femme fatales that will not disappoint true crime fans.


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Tina Burris was paroled on April 21, 2004. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

Barbara Bell was paroled on June 9, 2003.

Mary Louise Easlon was released on November 8, 2002. Her co-defendant/cousin Thomas Nooner died on September 1, 2001.

While no updates for Rebecca Smith could be located, her son and co-defendant, Brian Locklear,  is scheduled for release in July 2012.

Valerie Swanson remains incarcerated at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women while Alan Marcotte is still behind bars at Greensville Correctional Center.

Kristie Nystrom remains behind bars at the Murray Unit of the Gatesville Prison in Texas.  According to her a personals ad (no longer available online), she is now college educated and looking to met someone.  Her partner-in-crime Brent Brewer was granted a new trial. However, at his retrial, he was found guilty and resentenced to death in August 2009.  A date of execution has not been set as of this date.

Bernice Sykes was released in February 1996, while James Edward Williams remains on death row at Central Prison in North Carolina.

Melinda Stewart is still incarcerated after being denied parole in October 2010. Her next scheduled parole hearing is set for July 2013. Melinda’s husband/co-defendant Daniel Stewart continues to serve his life sentence at Colorado’s Limon Correctional Facilty.  James Catlin also remains behind bars at Sterling Correctional Facity where his sentence will be complete in July 2015.

Kelly O’Donnell was granted a short reprieve when the death penalty sentenced she received was reversed in 1999.  New sentencing information was not located.  William “Billy” Gribble is still incarcerated at Greene County Prison in Pennsylvania.

Rosemary Heather Miller made a mad dash for freedom from a Texas prison in 1996, however her efforts were short lived as she was recaputred three months later in Minnesota.  But not before she could conceive a child with an unnamed trucker; a child she named “Chace” because the police were “chasing her.”  She placed the child in the care of a prison pen pal turned boyfriend whom wished to adopt the child.  Whether the adoption was permitted is unknown.   Miller’s last known location was in the Mabel Basset Correctional Facility in Oklahoma.

Cassandra Williams and Valerie Rhodes both remain behind bars; Williams at Homestead and Rhodes at Lowell Correction Institutions in Florida.

Lisa Michelle Lambert was transferred to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections after claims of being beaten by other prisoners (according to friends of Lambert’s reports online).  Tabby Buck remains behind bars at Pennsylvania Muncy Correctional Facility.

Updates on Joy Aylor and George Hopper can be found at this review of a book written on this single case.

Carol Weaver is currently housed at Mabel Bassett Prison for Women in Oklahoma.

Michelle Leslie Hoover received her college degree while incarcerated.  Today she is an employed single mother looking to put the past behind her.  Alex Garcia will remain in prison for the rest of his life.

Tammy Molewicz was paroled from prison on January 9, 2003.  Her cohort Peggy Kosmin was paroled in June 2003, but not without a hearing before the parole appellate board due to numerous previous parole denials.  Today she lives in Marlton, New Jersey.

Nita Lynn Carterwas released July 14, 2006.

Pamela Sue Sayre is currently housed at Central Virginia Correctional Unit where she is expected to remain until June 6, 2023, unless granted parole before that date.

Dora Cisneros became somewhat of a celebrity when Oxygen’s Snapped aired an episode about this unique case.  Since then, Cisneros case was rejected for hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court.  She continues to serve her life sentence in a Federal prison in Tallahassee, Florida.

Ann Grieco was released in 1999.  Her mother, Mary Greico, remains in prison at Lowell Correctional Institution.  Marvin Steele continues to serve his life sentence at Hendry Correctional Institution.

Sylvia White will spend the rest of her life behind bars.  She is currently housed at North Carolina Correctional Institution.  Ernest Basden was executed by lethal injection on December 6, 2002.  He had just turned 50 years old less than a month before his execution.  Lynwood Taylor is behind bars at Columbus Correctional Institute in North Carolina.

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2 Responses to “Killer Babes: From the True Detective Magazine Files edited by David Jacobs (February 2000)”

  1. Craig says:

    I’m currently conversing with Rosemary Heather Miller and can bring you up to speed with what I know…

    She and Michelle D. Murphy tried to escape again in 2,000. See an article here

    Yes, Chace was adopted and his last name is now Vickers. She and Roy had a falling out over teh last name change. See here

    She is now residing in Californias largest woman’s prison in Chowchilla CA!

    She has accomplished the following: (her words) I have gotten my AA here in behavioral science. Did/ facilitated every self help – parent, anger voice group that they’ve had.

    Because of some new laws pertaining to juvenile offenders, she may have the chance to get out in 2018!

    She still prefers the name Heather over Rosemary.

  2. What about Carolyn Dean? I have lots of before info but whats going on now

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