Mary Winkler is now apparently suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. She is not working, and is being supported by family money, and probably, state assisitance. She lost the use of her right hand and foot for awhile, although under the support of a physical therpist, she has recovered fully. Although, apparently her eyes are also affected, so a desk job in front of a computer is not an option either. Commenters have questioned whether the condition is even genuine, as MS is notoriously easy to fake.
Watch her bright and sunny disposition while discussing her life, here http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12417574.
Mary is the poster child for the sexist double standards of the legal system and culture at large (the "gynocracy"). Basically, she killed her husband in cold blood, and got away with a miniscule sentence and had custody of her kids back in 2 years. Sordid details follow:
On March 22 2006, Mary woke up at 6:15am, walked to her closet, pulled out a shotgun, and shot her sleeping husband in the back while he lay in bed. The shotgun blast penetrated his spinal column and lungs, and he was spitting blood bubbles as he rolled out of bed, asking "Why" and attempting to crawl to the phone. Mary ripped the phone from the wall, and left her husband to slowly die on the floor.
Their three young daughters were in the house with them at the time, and the oldest came in to find out what was going on and what was wrong with daddy. The 8-year old and the 6-year old actually saw their father lying on the floor groaning. Mary hustled the three girls out of the house, fleeing the state, taking the shotgun with her.
While on trial, Mary played the "abused wife" card. The dead husband, of course, was unable to defend himself from the slanderous charge of being a long-time physical, emotional, and sexual abuser. There were no previous court records or police reports of any abuse, and the husband's public esteem as a local minister was spotless. The 8-year old daughter testified at the trial that her father had never been ugly to her mommy. In her first statement to police, Mary specifically denied that her husband had ever been abusive.
Nonetheless, she duped the jury into sympathy. Ten of the 12 jurors were women, and at the first post-trial vote, 9 of those women voted to acquit her of all charges. The voluntary manslaughter conviction was a compromise verdict, and Mary ended up serving less than half a year in prison, with some additional time in a mental institution.
Upon her release, she sued for custody of her three daughters, whom her dead husband's parents had taken custody of. Within a year, she had received custody (apparently with the grandparent's cooperation).
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