Sunday, 6 March 2011

FILICIDE: Oklahoma: Women in prison: Vicki Chiles, Lyndsey Fiddler, Jeannie Henderson, Amber Ketcher

Nearly 250 women in Oklahoma are serving prison sentences for killing someone.
They killed spouses, children and strangers. Many will spend the remainder of their lives in prison.
That means 6.64 women per every 100,000 Oklahoma residents are in prison for killing someone.
Nationally, 4.07 women per 100,000 of the U.S. population are in prison for killing someone, according to U.S. Department of Justice and 2010 Census data.
State Department of Corrections data show that about 33 percent of the women in Oklahoma prisons are serving time for violent crimes, with murder and manslaughter the most common of those.
Child abuse is the next most common crime among violent women in Oklahoma prisons. Corrections Department figures for October 2010 show that 122 women are serving state prison sentences for felony child abuse.
Oklahoma has made national news in recent years for several high-profile, horrifying cases of child abuse or neglect that resulted in a death.

In November, Bartlesville police were called to an apartment where Maggie May Trammel, who was 10 days old, died after going through a washing machine cycle.
The baby's mother, Lyndsey Dawn Fiddler, is charged with child neglect. Authorities said additional charges could be filed when the medical examiner's report is complete.

In 2008, Vicki Leigh Chiles, a home day care operator, was convicted in Tulsa County of murdering Joshua Minton, 2, by placing duct tape over his mouth and hands, obstructing his breathing and causing him to choke on his vomit.
Chiles originally was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but the Court of Criminal Appeals modified her sentence last year to 30 years. Under the state's 85 percent rule, she must serve about 25 years before she will become eligible for parole.

In 2005, Jeannie Henderson was convicted of second-degree manslaughter after her 8-month-old son, Christian Marten, burned to death while she slept on a nearby couch. Prosecutors contended that Henderson, who they said was deprived of sleep during a weekend methamphetamine binge, "crashed" and couldn't hear her baby screaming or crying after his walker became stuck on a furnace grate. The infant burned to death. Henderson was tried on a charge of second-degree murder, but a jury found her guilty of second-degree manslaughter and possession of a controlled drug in the presence of children younger than 12. A judge ordered her to serve two four-year sentences for both felonies and said at the time that anyone who proclaims that drug crimes are victimless crimes "ought to have to take a look at the picture of your son, who died on that floor furnace." Henderson was paroled in May 2008.

Methamphetamine production led to the death in 2009 of Sean Ketcher, 28, in Tulsa and a prison sentence for his wife, Amber Ketcher, on a charge of second-degree murder. She was also convicted of four other felonies - one count of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and three counts of child endangerment, for allowing her three children to be present during the manufacture of methamphetamine.


  1. Whats sad is that jeanie just had another baby y do they allow murderers to have more children

    1. Rebecka jeannie is my friend and she is a vary good mom just cuz somthin happen to her son dose not mean that she can't have anymore kids she regret what happen tonur baby but she had 2 babys now maybe if u would take the time to get to know her and not judge her u will know what a good friend she is

    2. Rebcka jeannie is a vary good mom just cuz she had 2 more babys dose not make her a bad mom you should not judge people you don know she regret and fills bad of her lost of her baby maybe u should take the time to get to know her and see what a good person she is become