Wasn’t She Lovely?

Social media’s given me the gift of connecting with friends from many years ago, and in this instance – over 20 years ago. I met Rachel Skelton…well, it must have been in junior high school. We were thick as thieves through high school and there are plenty of photos to the effect.

I share humor and scathing commentary most often, but urge you to read this tragic note posted by my high school friend Rachel on Facebook. Her sister RaLynn was brutally murdered by her boyfriend in 1992, a year after Rachel and I graduated from high school.

If you find her story touches you in ANY way, find a moment in your day to send a letter to the Texas Department of Corrections to ensure that this man stays behind bars. He’s up for parole.

I find it pathetic that she and her family will have to endure this process every two years.If you believe that a man who murdered his girlfriend and then burned her remains and car in the middle of a field should be kept behind bars (where he belongs) – please let your voice be heard.

I write for a living. But there are some things that my words cannot express. Therefore, below you’ll find Rachel’s words. While the bold emphasis in some sections is my own, the content is purely hers.

Erika


Hello friends and family,

I am sending you this urgent request.

Please help me keep a murderer in jail. I have attached a very long an extremely personal and emotion letter that I wrote 2 years ago in my efforts to keep my sister’s murderer in jail. She was murdered by her boyfriend in 1992. Many of you probably remember the situation. We were successful that time but we received word this week that he is being reviewed again for parole. It is normal for convicted criminals in our system to obtain the right for parole after serving only ¼ of their sentence and then they get reviewed every 2 years thereafter for another chance to get out and walk free. The address, fax number and email is listed below if you would like to send a letter on our behalf requesting he not be released. Once again this information is very personal and it is a long story. You may not even want to read it. I cry when I have to think about this and I have not written my new letter yet since I received my notification last week. If you do decide to mail, fax or email a note in protest of his release, I would like to thank you in advance for your time and efforts. Be sure to include the convict’s name, state ID and TDCJ ID in your letter. It does not have to be long protest, a few short sentences will do. Thanks for reading this.

Send letters of protest to:

Victim Services Division
Angela McCown
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Suite 265
Austin, Texas 78757-6899

Re: Rex Andrew Alexander
State ID # 04433725
TDCJ ID # 00648577
Victim.svc@tdcj.state.tx.us

Fax 512-452-0825

Below is Rachel’s letter to the Victim Services Division from two years ago:

Dear Sir/Madam:

I knew that these parole hearings would soon be forthcoming, but when we received the letter last week and it became real, I was overcome with grief and then anger. I was also scared. We were provided this information 3 months into the parole process. What if we were never informed of these proceedings? Even worse, what if he gets out? Rex Andrew Alexander, the murderer who took my sister from me, is being considered for release. I am sick. The thought of his possibly being released causes me a great deal of pain. It has taken me over a week to write this because it is too emotional and difficult to see through the tears that begin to fall immediately from my eyes.

We knew him as Andy, and I will refer to him as such in this letter.

I cannot believe that a person who has the capacity to commit such horrific crimes can be rehabilitated. There is no such thing for those that murder. Andy killed my sister. Andy disposed of her body by hiding it in the trunk of her own car then left her in that trunk and dumped the car in a field. Andy returned later to set her body, and then the car on fire. This is the calculated actions of a very sick man that feels nothing. He obviously does not know right from wrong. Andy never once showed an ounce of remorse during the entire ordeal 13 years ago. Rex Andrew Alexander does not deserve a second chance. RaLynn does not get a second chance at life. I will never get to see my sister again. I will never get to talk to her again. She will never have a family of her own. My children will never know her. I miss her terribly. I cannot stop crying as I write this. It would simply be unjust to allow Andy the things he denied to my sister RaLynn. He took her away from us and it is so unfair. Andy’s family can visit him, write to him, hear his voice. I will never, get those opportunities with my sister. Never again!!

The last time I saw my sister she was on her way to work. She told us she was going to stop by Andy’s house. He had called and wanted some things that she had. We never got to see her again. She did not make it to work. We reported her missing and everyone was worried for the next few days. That worry turned to terror when we were awakened by the police one morning around 3:30 a.m. RaLynn’s car was found ablaze in a field with a charred body in the trunk. The police officer held out his hand. When he opened it, he held my sister’s jewelry in his palm. I crumbled into the arms of my husband, who immediately extended his leave from active Naval duties. I was 19 years old. My mother was out of town. I had to deal with this. It turns out that RaLynn was so badly burned that even the dental records I had to drop off at the coroner’s office were insufficient in the identification process. It was the jewelry that was taken from her body that provided the positive identification – that, and the confession that was later taken from Andy.

After the police left, I drove to Cleveland to get my grandparents to help me since my Mom was out of town on a previously scheduled business trip. They came to my house along with many other family members. Later that day, Andy joined us in our home. He walked around yelling angry words in the air, swearing he would find out who did this. He sat at the kitchen table. He put his arms around my Granny and Paw Paw acting as though he could console them. He ate at our table and then less than 24 hours later confessed to the murder of my sister while being questioned at the police station. How dare he come into our home, accept our hospitality, talk to me and my family, eat at my table. He was probably laughing at us the whole time. I am sickened that he entertained himself at my home in that way. He is a monster. I feel nauseous just writing this and still cry when I have to talk about it.

My parents are divorced. My father went into a deep depression due to this situation. He was an alcoholic and then became a sick alcoholic, unable to work or function. Because he lived alone, he had a very difficult time coping with the loss of his daughter. He became more reclusive and withdrawn and is still that way.

Additionally, we were forced to worry about the stress on my younger sister Roxann, who was due to deliver her baby within days of this news. Luckily she delivered a healthy baby boy. His name is Justin Tyler Alexander. This child is related by blood to the man who murdered my sister RaLynn. I have two sisters, RaLynn and Roxann. They were dating brothers – twins. This forever ties us to Andy’s family. It is very difficult to see Justin’s family and not think of Andy and what he did. We will never be able to have a normal relationship with Justin’s father’s family. An additional thing Andy has stolen from us, and an innocent, then unborn, child. This entire situation is totally unfair to Justin. We were sickened by the fact that Justin’s father would take him to the jail to see his uncle. Because of Andy there has been stress in the relationship between Justin’s mom and dad. I do not even want to imagine the strain that would occur if Andy is set free. The trauma Justin could be subjected to will be totally unfair. He is a child and does not have the ability to avoid this murderer, especially if he is visiting with his father. I wonder if Andy will see the resemblance that Justin shares with his Aunt RaLynn. Would Andy mistreat his nephew if he reminds him of RaLynn? Will he hurt him too? Will he come after one of us? I will fear for myself, my family, and my own children.

RaLynn had recently acquired a night job, so that she could care for Roxann’s newborn. She planned to take care of the new baby during the day while Roxann finished high school. RaLynn and Roxann were inseparable. RaLynn was so excited about being an Aunt. We had just had a baby shower for Roxann. RaLynn totally planned it and couldn’t wait for delivery day. RaLynn was murdered 9 days prior to the birth of her nephew. She never even got to see him. Roxann had a difficult time the following semester having to acquire a job to pay for daycare so that she could finish school and provide for him. She did not get the help she deserved from her baby’s father since we were caught up in legal proceedings concerning this murder. It hurt her too deeply to see the father of her baby, to fight in front of her child, because her child’s uncle killed our sister. Andy also burned our car. We did not have money to replace that car. This left Roxann with no transportation.

The night my sister was murdered, before she left to go work, we were discussing my upcoming wedding ceremony. RaLynn had formerly been in choir and I wanted her to sing in my wedding. We were discussing what songs she might like to sing and during what part of the ceremony she could do it. We never got to finish that conversation. Six months later, as I stood at the altar reciting my wedding vows, looking over at my friends and family, I could not help but notice the empty spot where she should have been standing. Friends of my husband sang during our ceremony. I was thinking, I wish my sister was singing right now. When I look at the pictures of my family she is not there. She is supposed to be there. RaLynn did not get to see me get married. She did not get to stand with me. She did not get to see her nephew be born. She did not get the chance to get married herself or have the babies she wanted to have. She did not get to do so many things we had planned for our futures. Andy took all that away from us.

As I sit here writing this, crying, my daughter who is 7 asks me, “Mom, why are you crying?” I have to explain to her again that I am upset and miss her Aunt RaLynn. The aunt she will never know. She asks me again, “Why did Andy kill our Aunt RaLynn?” I tell her that there are just some very bad people in this world and that we are safe from him, he is locked up in jail. She says, “Don’t be sad Mom.” Now I am crying more. I wish my daughters could meet her. I hope to never have to explain to her why he is not in jail.

If Andy is released I will feel sick and disappointed in our system. He is a danger to our family and to society as a whole. Please do not release him from jail. Andy deserves no less than to serve his full punishment, which is much shorter than the punishment everyone who knows RaLynn will be subjected to. The short time in jail in no way compares to the lifetime we will be forced to live without our sister, friend, etc…

Sincerely,

Rachel Ramirez

16 replies
  1. Todd Michael Greene
    Todd Michael Greene says:

    Hi Erika!

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve sent an email in response to this post. We’ve all gotta do our part to keep the monsters in the closet. I’ve also posted a link to your post on my blog which you can find at http://anewnovelistsjourney.blogspot.com/2009/03/help-keep-murderer-behind-bars.html. My blog post will go out over Twitter, Facebook and MySpace as well. Hope this helps get some more attention to this matter.

    Todd Michael Greene

    • The Redhead
      The Redhead says:

      Todd – thank you so much for your words of support and the links. For those wondering, this little shitbag was sentenced for 45 years for murder and 20 for arson – sentences to be served concurrently. We want him in jail for 45 years since the State of Texas didn’t see fit to lock him up for life for some reason.

  2. The Redhead
    The Redhead says:

    Two supporters and/or family members of Rex Andrew Alexander have left comments on the blog. As a blogger, I feel compelled to present both sides of ANY story I publish, yet I refuse to publish their comments in their entirety. The omitted remarks attack members of the victim’s family on a personal level and will have no place here on this blog. However, following are the excerpts from both commentators (and note that the second has been posted in its entirety as it’s just blasting me for actually being busy today and not getting around to immediately moderating comments):

    Author: LaNell Goeckler

    Comment:
    Yes Andy did this crime but as always there are two sides to every story. RaLynn came to Andy’s home high on drugs with a loaded gun the night she was murdered and a scared 19 year old boy did kill her and with the help and leading of another 20 year old put the body in the trunk of her car and took her car to Huffman and came back in the other guy’s car (Andy did not have a car). This took place on a Wednesday night. On Friday night yet another boy took Andy to the car and they set it on fire because Andy wanted it found. Andy is not the monster portrayed in this letter. If he had only had the good sense to have called 911 that fateful night and the police had come and found the gun with her fingerprints on it and her body with all the drugs he would probably have not even spent any time in prison.

    Author: Michelle P

    Comment:
    If you are going to blog..Why not do it fairly???? The are 2 sides 2 every story…are you not willing to post the other side to this???? Ha!! That figures..That is what wrong with society now days everything is one sided…We know the other side…But noone wants to hear that…

  3. The Redhead
    The Redhead says:

    And in response to the comments above, as the blogger on this forum: sit down,ladies. It’s my turn to talk:

    1) I’m thinkin’ that if you WANT a car with a body in it to be found, maybe calling the cops would be a better idea than setting it on fire. Call me nuts.

    2) Rex Andrew Alexander CONFESSED TO THE CRIMES HE COMMITTED. The State of Texas says that he must serve 45 years. The State also provides the families of victims – and the victims of violent crimes themselves – with certain rights. Here’s the link in case you were wondering where to find the information that RaLynn’s family is entitled to utilize: http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/victim/victim-billrights.htm

    3) Rex Andrew Alexander is, to this day, misrepresenting his crimes. What a good Christian boy…Don’t believe me? Here’s the link to THAT information: http://www.christiansforprisoners.org/Texas/R/Rex%20Alexander.html

    Robbery, Theft and Arson? I think it’s more like MURDER, Theft and Arson. Oh, and here’s the link for THAT information: http://168.51.178.33/webapp/TDCJ/InmateDetails.jsp?sidnumber=04433725

    You’re welcome to leave as many comments on this blog as you’d like, but your case is hard to believe when, to this day, Mr. Alexander sees fit to lie (especially in a “Christian” forum) about the crimes he confessed to committing back in 1992.

  4. Michael H.
    Michael H. says:

    Wow – I just came across this on Twitter. I understand, if the folks above are the killer’s family, their frustration – BUT DUDE! Yeah. There’s a better way of letting the police know about something other than burning-up a car. That and I can’t deal with the fact that this “Christian” kid (yeah – I went to all of the links above) is conveniently forgetting the “murder with a deadly weapon” charge on his nice little Christian pen pal or whatever site. Poor taste.

    My heart goes out to Ralynn’s family. You’ve got my letter. Thanks for letting me know about this. Especially considering my best friend in college lost his sister to an ex-lover as well. Pain like this never goes away.

  5. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    There are no sides to this situation because this is not a story. This is not a fictional situation that you sit down and read about in a book.

    My sister was really murdered and I really never get to see her again. I cannot talk to her, look at her, write her a letter NOTHING. The evidence proves she was MURDERED by a fatal stab wound to the back. Her body and car were set on fire after being abandoned in a field for 2 days. The murder took place in the home of the inmate. He confessed.

    Not a story.
    Not speculation.
    Just facts supported by evidence collected from the crime scenes and confessed to by the inmate that needs to stay in jail and serve his full 45 year sentence, at least.

    This has nothing to do with the inmate’s family or friends. They cannot be faulted for the terrible actions of this cruel man. Andy needs to stay in jail. Our children need to know that harsh consequences are attached to terrible crimes. Keeping him in jail reinforces that ideal.

    RaLynn was not a drug user. Andy’s parents were not home that night and should not speculate to the state of mind of the victim or the criminal. Andy did own a gun but it was not relevant to this situation or investigation. RaLynn did not own or have access to a gun. There was not a gun involved. She was MURDERED with a knife.

    Andy can make up as many stories as he wants. I am sure he is bored and enjoys entertaining his friends and family with such antics, however that does not change the fact that he killed my sister and should not be set free to endanger the life of my family again. I wish my sister could sit around and tell many different stories about her last few moments on this earth as well. Oh, but she can’t. Her right to life was stolen.

    Michael you are right, the pain never goes away. This is not justice. It is only exasperated by the fact that we will be forced to relive this pain over and over again as the parole board reviews this case every few years.

    • The Redhead
      The Redhead says:

      Good morning! A quick “Blog Comments 101” lesson:

      See, bloggers are used to people being pissed about their ideas. That’s why the following is good information to understand:

      * There’s a reason you must use a VALID email address when you leave a blog comment…it’s for verification.
      * Most blogging software (like the software THIS blog is powered by) records the following information every time a blog comment is left: the computer you’re sitting at, your email address, and the validity of the IP address the comment is submitted from.

      So…that means I can tell fake comments from real ones. Especially when they show the same IP address/different fake email address as comments previously submitted.

      This is not only for the safety of the blogger, as every comment and IP address remains on file, but for the safety of the readers as well.

      Thought that might be useful information for some folks out there leaving comments about this blog post.

      Have an outstanding day!

  6. Cindy Nash
    Cindy Nash says:

    I wasn’t going to make a comment, but I feel compelled to. I stumbled across this site while googling information to try to understand what “actually” did happen the night that I lost an old friend, and Rachel and Roxanne lost a sister, but the truth, however hard to take, is that only Andy, Shannon and RaLynn know what actually took place before her death and Shannon’s not talking, RaLynn’s gone and Andy’s locked up. Rachel is correct… this isn’t a story. Yet, no one but three people and God know what actually took place that Wednesday night, so everyone’s comments; even those of the family members are “pure” speculation. I TOTALLY understand wanting to keep a murderer in jail; I’d feel the same way if it were my sister. I’d want to know the truth, and I’d want to protect others out there from harms way. At the same time, I wouldn’t post comments on a blog for TOTAL strangers to see when they didn’t know RaLynn or Andy, or even of the circumstances that led up to RaLynn’s death, and get them hyped up to write to the Parole Board on the victim’s behalf when they have no REAL facts to present to the Parole Board. The Parole Board wants to hear from people that knew RaLynn, and they want to hear from the people that knew Andy. RaLynn was a beautiful person. I can “personally” atest to that fact. I spent every weekend with her, skipped school with her, went to school and church dances with her, shared deep, personal, intimate stories with her that I couldn’t share with anyone else. We were the BEST of friends; perhaps not at the time of her death, as I was not living in Houston at the time, but I actually knew RaLynn and I knew Andy. I have personal experiences with these two people, that a MAJORITY of the people on this blog DON’T have, and and while it may be hurtful to RaLynn’s family for me to say, I never knew Andy to be the monster that he’s been made out to be in this blog. I understand the Skelton family wanting justice for RaLynn. I understand the Skelton’s wanting to protect their family from further harm, but I don’t understand inviting total strangers into the picture to fight for a cause they know ABSOLUTELY, NOTHING AT ALL, about. I don’t get the whole blog thing… and I think it’s wrong. If another member of the Skelton family was a witness to what happened the night RaLynn died, and could give personal, insight information in to what was actually said, and/or done; what actually took place before RaLynn’s death, that may some how justify it, I still don’t think so, but perhaps insider information could, but everyone’s thoughts, including my own, are nothing but “pure” speculation, as no one else was there to know what happened but three people. I’m not taking up for Andy; dismissing what he did. I deeply, deeply loved RaLynn and to this day, miss her VERY much. But, when someone opens a blog to start a conversation about an incident they “really” know nothing about, as they were not “eye” witnesses, I have to say it’s wrong. Wanting justice for RaLynn is one thing; but using the internet to exploit RaLynn’s death, just to keep Andy behind bars, is wrong and doesn’t do any real justice for RaLynn. I don’t know the truth about what happened; I wasn’t there. I’ve heard many, many others’ recollections of what they “heard” had happened; many, many of which was so far fetched the truth wouldn’t ever be touched, so I’m not here on this blog to say that I KNOW the truth. Like everyone else…. I DON’T! I’m here on this blog strictly to say… exploiting RaLynn’s death to strangers on the internet just for the sake of having total strangers write in on RaLynn’s behalf to keep Andy in prison is wrong! It brings NO justice to the Skelton family.

    • The Redhead
      The Redhead says:

      Cindy – certainly, thank you first and foremost for stopping by. And you are correct: no one but RaLynn and Andy know the truth of that night. But here’s what I do know:

      * Andy confessed to murder, arson and theft and is serving a maximum of 45 years, dictated by the State of Texas for those crimes. This is inarguable.
      * The Skelton family has certain rights, dictated by the State of Texas, to protest Andy’s parole. This is inarguable.

      The unfavorable definition of “exploit” is to “make use of selfishly or unethically,” or to “utilize, esp. for profit; turn to practical account.” As a writer, I can only rely upon words to help convey a message in its truest sense. There is no selfish goal or intent to derive profit from this blog’s sharing of RaLynn’s cause.

      The other definition of exploitation is to “advertise, promote and/or employ to the greatest possible advantage.” That is PRECISELY what I am doing for the Skelton family here. Social media has given me the capability to share their story, Andy’s ADMITTED crimes, and the penalties accepted for those crimes with a larger audience. Andy’s family and supporters have equal opportunity to do so.

      RaLynn will never speak to us again. Andy continues to be dishonest in his representations of his deeds. I am firmly of the stance that he should remain in prison for the full duration of his 45 years. The readers of this blog will each (hopefully) see the State of Texas’ decision – BASED ON ANDY’S CONFESSION, draw their own conclusions, and choose whether or not they will support this cause.

      If I’d spoken about breast or colon cancer claiming yet another victim, there’d be no discussion. Everyone’s in favor of curing cancer. Yet there are people involved here – families, feelings and emotions that will likely never find resolution.

      I do thank you for sharing your thoughts. My readers know I support 100% differing viewpoints and I’ll end with the following definitions for your consideration:

      JUSTICE: the maintenance or administration of what is just by law, as by judicial or other proceedings. THIS is what the Skelton family is permitted and entitled to by the State of Texas.

      VENGEANCE: infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge. There is no intent of injury, harm or violence by this blog or the Skelton family’s efforts to ensure that Rex Andrew Alexander serves the entirety of the 45 year sentence he was given as a result of his confession to the murder with a violent weapon, theft and arson in the case of RaLynn Skelton. 45 years isn’t a ‘recommendation’ – it’s a sentence.

  7. sam
    sam says:

    get your facts straight… rex does not have any theft charges in harris county. how do you know he is not remorseful? have you ask him? has rex done anything to make you think he is ‘happy’ about what he did? How can you judge what has gone on between him and God?

    • The Redhead
      The Redhead says:

      Hey there – whoever you are “Sam” “Michelle P.” or “B.K.” – it’s obvious you’re the same person, using the same computer to post your fake blog comments. Obviously you missed my “Blog Commenting 101” information this morning. I’ve posted your latest comment since you’re going to keep leaving them. And I’ll respond with the following since you’re DEAD WRONG.

      First, you’re saying Rex has no “theft” charges in Harris County. Here’s what the State of Texas says, honeypie (and funny how the State PUBLICLY posts this information for any citizen to see): http://168.51.178.33/webapp/TDCJ/InmateDetails.jsp?sidnumber=04433725

      And by the way, my facts ARE straight. I’d recommend you get yours straight – since you seem to be so concerned about Rex/Andy.

      Oh, wait…one more thing: since you didn’t read the previous comments, you probably missed the fact that EVEN ANDY says he’s guilty of theft. Says so right here on his little Christians for Prisoners profile: http://www.christiansforprisoners.org/Texas/R/Rex%20Alexander.html

      ROBBERY (incorrect-should be MURDER with a deadly weapon), THEFT and ARSON.

      Secondly – I don’t CARE what Rex/Andy’s got going on in the remorse/God/happiness about what he’s done department. God doesn’t reside over the Texas penal system and remorse…well, he SHOULD be remorseful. Remorse and “lack of happiness” about what he’s done do not entitle him to PAROLE.

      Keep the comments coming! I’ll respond all day long.

  8. Cindy Nash
    Cindy Nash says:

    Exploit, in the manner in which I used it (to advertise or promote, or to employ to the greatest possible advantage) was used correctly. Not all definitions apply to every word; depends on how it used in the sentence.

    This blog isn’t about cancer, but let’s say that it is. Cancer is a disease that affects millions and millions of people across the globe on a daily basis. It’s a subject that millions of people can relate to; either because they had cancer or have known someone who had and/or has cancer. The bloggers who are reading these messages and getting upset, wanting to write into the Parole Board because they are just angry at what he did… don’t have all of the facts, and they don’t have personal knowledge of what really happened to have a right to do so. The Skelton’s are victims. There’s no contridictions there. The Skeltons are victims. No matter what happened that December night between RaLynn and Andy… that family lost a daughter, a sister, a friend. But, the rights that you speak of… are the Victim’s rights; not every Tom, Dick and Harry that feels like they need to save the world from Andy Alexander. People always want to get involved with something they have no first-hand knowledge of. I don’t have issues with people writing to the Parole Board to keep Andy in prison, because they actually knew the Skeltons or Andy; those persons would have every reason to do so. The issue with me is that strangers who had never met RaLynn or Andy, or any member of either families are wanting to get involved with something they have no business getting involved with. There’s a difference between a family member and/or old friend writing on the Skelton family’s behalf; as they have personal knowledge about who RaLynn was, or who Andy was, even though they don’t have the facts about what actually happened, but asking strangers to join in the fight to keep Andy locked up, just because their letters mean numbers, is wrong. No matter what rights the Skelton’s have… it’s wrong!

    But, thank you for allowing me to say my peace. It is appreciated.

    • The Redhead
      The Redhead says:

      Cindy – your comments and thoughts will always be welcome on my blog. I will continue to support the Skelton family, as they have a right to rally for their cause – regardless of the personal knowledge anyone may have of RaLynn’s personality or who the Skeltons are.

      The issue here is making sure a convicted AND ADMITTED felon serves the term to which he was sentenced and willingly accepted from the State of Texas. No more, no less. That’s an issue that reaches far and wide, state to state, family to family.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

  9. jeff
    jeff says:

    I thank i will start a web site to show that ANDY is not as bad as the Skelton make him out to be and have poeple send ther letters to tdcj to what goes around come a round we can play the game to u start this not the Alexander’s

    • The Redhead
      The Redhead says:

      Jeff –

      Whatever your comment said (as I don’t rightly know), thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. And if someone had killed a member of YOUR family, would you have much affection for them? I’m confident the Skelton family has every right to think ill of Mr. Rex Andrew Alexander.

  10. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Let me first start by saying that I am a good friend of Rachel and I can see the hurt in her eyes over the loss of her sister. Did I know RaLynn, no but does that mean that I want a murderer on the streets NO. That is the problem with our system…quick to release anyone because they have had “good behavior” all the while forgetting about the crime. I will be writing a letter on behalf of this family because this could be my sister or daughter. The bottom line is that no matter what occured that day at the house RaLynn was murdered, PERIOD!!!! There is no other way of looking at this. She is gone and the fact that she was stabbed in the back and then burned 2 days later says that this was not because she had a “gun” but because he wanted to murder her. And as far as the driver taking him to burn the car….so what that he didn’t have a car….he knew exactly what he was doing and what the intent was…..and it was not for the cops to find her because if that was the case why didn’t he just leave her where she was. I hope that there are so many letters pouring into TDJC that the decision is a no brainer for the parole board. KEEP THIS MAN LOCKED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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