If you have any questions for Andy about the prison system, what it is like, what goes on there, or anything, please leave the question in a blog comment and Andy would be happy to answer it. It keeps him occupied and allow us to learn about the system.

Also, for his friends, he would LOVE to get pictures of anything, so if you have his address, please send them to him, or if you would like to email them to the blog editor, you can do that and he will print out the pics and mail them to him.

He is now attending the class he must take before his release, and he will mention the journal entry memo they discussed that day in class.

Even if you don't know Andy, feel free to comment on his blog entries, which he gets and will respond to.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Class journal note #27:  “Homicide places a severe emotional trauma on the victim’s family and close friends.  The trauma will change the survivors’ lives forever.”  Again, I’ll comment that this memo is blazingly obvious.  Maybe most of the journal statements will be like this.  I’m not sure.  Today’s lesson is about murder.  There are no murderers in this class, and I don’t think there are any who have any type of aggravated or assaultive type of crimes.  Right now, we are talking about serial killers. I won’t relay the entire blow by blow of the course today, unless something really interesting pops up.
Can anyone tell me anymore about: 1) The Zodiac Killer?  Was he ever caught?  2) Who was the serial killer who murdered the 7-8 nurses?  3)  What is the status of Joran van der Sloot? (Natalie Holloway/Aruba case)

It is another beautiful day here.  I hope the sun is as bright upon you as it is on us today.  I ought to be out on a golf course somewhere.  Boy, wouldn’t that be nice?

There is a friend of mine here named Clay who I think I’ve mentioned in the past.  He is also in this class with me.  He brought some pictures to class with him today, and I always find it so intriguing to view the pictures that guys have of themselves in the real world. Everything here is so drab and replicated.  Looking at pictures lets the real colors of the world truly jump out at you. In my case, I think a picture is probably worth much more than a thousand words.  I’m used to seeing Clay once or twice every day, but seeing him in normal pictures is fascinating.  It makes me wonder what the first few days are going to be like when I get out of here with all of the colors, sounds, and hustle/bustle of the free world.  It makes me even more excited and anxious to get out of this place.

Clay had a handful of pictures showing some deer and his deer lease, and it was the first time I had seen any pictures like that since I’ve been locked up.  Heck, I wouldn’t even mind being at a deer lease right now to do some hard manual labor.  Who all plans on deer hunting this year?  As long as I get out of here in January as planned, I’ll be able to get in some hunting in 2011, and I’m already looking forward to that.

The state and federal laws pertaining to felons and firearms are a mystery and ambiguous to myself and everyone I know in here.  I’ll research the topic in detail once I get out, but basically, I think I’ll be hunting with a muzzleloader for a couple years.  For all of you who hunt, the idea of hunting with a muzzleloader probably sounds pretty lackluster, but I’m looking forward to learning all about it and reclaiming my hunting hobby and the enjoyment I get from it.

Funny mental picture….when I think of a muzzleloader, I picture an old fashioned blunder buster. (That’s one of those guns that the pilgrims used to shoot the turkeys.)  Thank goodness, in reality, that’s not what modern muzzleloaders look like.

I’ll address some comments next (to be posted tomorrow).


  1. I think you need to man up and hunt with numchucks! Funny post...
    See ya soon,
    Jeff B

  2. LOL@Jeff! Numchucks! Please attempt and video that for me, will ya?

  3. Zodiak killer:
    The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California in the late 1960s. The Zodiac killer's identity remains unknown. The Zodiac killer coined the name "Zodiac" in a series of taunting letters sent to the local Bay Area press. These letters included four cryptograms (or ciphers), three of which have yet to be solved. The Zodiac murdered victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969. Four men and three women between the ages of 16 and 29 were targeted. Numerous suspects have been named by law enforcement and amateur investigators but no conclusive evidence has surfaced.

    In April 2004, the San Francisco Police Department marked the case "inactive", yet re-opened the case at some point prior to March 2007.[1] The case also remains open in the city of Vallejo as well as in Napa Counties and Solano Counties.[2] The California Department of Justice has maintained an open case file on the Zodiac murders since 1969.[3]
    never apprehended.

    2. Richard Franklin Speck (December 6, 1941 – December 5, 1991) was a mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois on July 14, 1966. Died of a heart attack in prison in 1991.

    3. van der sloot is in custody for the murder of a girl in peru last spring. The girl was murdered 5 years to the day that Natalie Holloway disappeared.

    My brothers used to have a muzzle loader they would take out and shoot, but it was the old kind and thats all I know about. im gonna have to do some research on the new ones. My son will be wanting to get some hunting in with his son when he comes home and if the muzzle loaders arent a ridiculous concept for hunting, that might just be an idea.
    Are you still enjoying taking that class? My son started his Changes class Monday. He will still be working in the morning and taking class in the afternoon, so Im sure he will be busy enough to help pass some time.

    Nearer and nearer my friend!!

  4. Well, I had looked up the answers to your questions, and found the same things that Mama B found out.

    As for hunting, here is what my late husband was told. He came from a family of avid hunters and of course wanted to get back into it once out on parole. He spoke with his PO at the time and was told if he could figure out a way to hunt without using a firearm then he could hunt, other wise he couldn't. He even approached the PO about bow hunting but was told no. However, I read and read and read up on this and here is a bit of what I found.

    From Texas Parks & Wildlife:

    "Muzzleloader: Any firearm that is loaded only through the muzzle. Note: A cap and ball firearm in which the powder and ball are loaded into a cylinder is not a muzzleloader. Muzzleloader deer seasons are restricted to muzzleloading firearms only."

    "Possession of firearms by felons: A convicted felon, regardless of where the conviction occurred, may not possess or use a firearm (as defined by Penal Code, §46.01) to hunt in this state. Under Penal Code, §46.01, a muzzleloading firearm is lawful if it is an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899 or a replica of an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899 that does not use rimfire or centerfire ammunition."

    I also read that a felon can bow hunt with a regular compound bow but will continue to check into it.

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